Call it a fountain or call it an aqueduct, this stream of water flowing from step to step is one of the more tranquil spots in Machu Picchu. Just what the pools of water were used for is not exactly known. They could have been ceremonial baths. The stream could have been used for irrigation for the nearby terraces. These fountains were fed by underground water and were part of canal most of which is now dried up. The first three fountains are very well decorated which may suggest a more religious purpose. The fountains pictured here are also located very near the Temple of the Sun and the Royal Palaces.
The Central Plaza is pictured here in the foreground. It disects Machu Picchu into two sections. One half being the more important sites such as the Temple of the Sun are to the west. To the east are the prison group residential section of the ruins. During the hayday of Machu Picchu, the Central Plaza was probably used for agricultural purposes and for religious ceremonies and processions. Today the Central Plaza is home to grazing llamas.
Upon entering ruins most people seem to head up the hill to the left by way of a winding trail to the Guardian' s Hut and the Funerary Rock. From here you have the classic view of Machu Picchu with the ruins spread out before your feet and with Huayna Picchu in the background. The rock is referred to as "funerary" because apparently there were some signs of burials nearby
These huts are a couple of only a few in Machu Picchu that have been restored. They are located near the entrance of the grounds and for the people who have arrived in Machu Picchu by train and bus, they are going to be you first impressions of the ruins. I never found out what the huts were used for but I might gather that because they are located next to amazing rows of terraces that were used for growing crops, that the huts were probably used for storage. What I appreciated about these huts with there restored thatched roofs is that this is what much of Machu Picchu probably looked liked 500 years ago.
Below the Temple of the Sun is the Royal Tomb. The is cave that has been carved into the rock face. Despite of the name, no human remains have ever been found here and the purpose of the cave is not actually known. Inside is carved alter and several niches that produce dazzling shadows from the morning sun.
Desde este punto tienes una visión completa de todo el complejo del machu Pichu , el Huayna Picchu , todas la s montañas de los alrededores y la entrada de los que hacen el "Camino del Inca"
Puesto de Vigilancia es uno de los pocos sitios que han sido restaurados imitando el techo de paja original
From this point you have a complete overview of Machu Pichu complex , the Uaina Pichu , all surrounding mountains and the access of those that from the "Inca trail".
The watching point is one of the few places that has been restored copying the original straw roof
El Intiwatana o "lugar donde se amarra al sol" está en la cima de la "Colina Sagrada", formada por varias terrazas y andenes, adonde se llega subiendo 78 escalones
El Intiwatana cumplió dos funciones: medición del tiempo (solsticio y equinoccio) por efecto de luz y sombra y como piedra altar
The Intiwatana or "place to tight the sun" is in the top of the "Sacred hill" that is formed by several terraces and were you arrive climbing 78 steps
The Intiwatana had two functions : time measuring ( solstice and equinoxe ) with the effect of the light and shades and as an altar stone
El Templo del Cóndor tiene la forma de un laberinto en el que, en la parte más baja, hay una escultura en unas rocas de granito con la forma de un Cóndor andino
Se puede ver la cabeza del Condor rodeada por su collar blanco y otro collar más que resalta la importancia de la cabeza . Dos grandes rocas parecen las alas
The condor temple has a laberint shape and in the lower part there is a sculture in a granite rock with the shape of an Andean Condor
You may see the condor head surrounded by its white ruff and another collar more that highlights the head .Two big rocks look like his wings
Machu Picchu está en un sitio realmente inaccesible con el río Urubamba a sus pies y grandes montañas a sus alrededores
Machu Pichu is in a place really inaccessible with the Urubamba river at his feet and big mountains surrounding
El templo del sol se edificó en honor del Inti o Dios Sol es una construcción semicircular que está sobre una roca maciza y en su interior se aprecia una piedra labrada a dos niveles en forma de altar
Sólo los sacerdotes y el Inca podían usar este templo
The temple of the Sun it was built for the God Inti or Sun God is a semicircular building that is over a solid rock and inside you may see a carved stone in two levels with the shape of an altar
Only the priests and the Inca could use this temple
Above the Sacred Plaza is another plaza-like area of great importance to the Incas. It's called the Intiwantana and it is the highest developed point inside the Machu PIcchu city walls. In the center of this plaza is the Intiwantana stone, which is also erroneously known by some as a sun dial because of the carving protruding from one side. Rather than being a functional timepiece, this stone has a spiritual significance lost over time. From the stone, you get a view of all of the sacred mountains, but that's about all you can discern.
While we were here, we saw several people put their hands on or near the stone as if to absorb some energy emitted by the rock. There are several spiritual tours that come to Machu Picchu for some reason. Suffice it to say tthat we also put our hands near the stone and nothing happened except thattey got a little wet.
We booked our guide as soon as we got to the hotel . The advantage to staying overnight is, you beat the bus tours and have much of your first view to Machu Piccu to yourself. And what a first view it was!!!
We headed out and arrived to a foggy vista...but before we could even think about the fog slowly cleared and revealed the long lost Incan city that we had travelled so far to see!!
The entire area had a mystic sense. Maybe it was really just the altitude or the surreal splendour or the story but you could easily imagine a bustling city that once was. ..and the need arose to learn more.
This"Lost City of the Incas") a pre-Columbian Inca ruin is so well-preserved. You can see the whole city blended in to the high mountain ridge. Why were they here? Where did they go?
According to the archaeologists, Machu Picchu was divided in three great sectors: the Sacred District, the Popular District, to the south, and the District of the Priests and the Nobility (royalty zone).
With our guide we walked through thebruins of what was the royalty area. You could clearly see a group of houses located in rows over a slope, they were for the nobility; the zone of the princesses had trapezoid-shaped rooms.
The stone work was truly a wonder.. The Incas were masters of the technique, called ashlar, in which blocks of stone are cut to fit together tightly without mortar. Many junctions are so perfect that not even a knife fits between the stones.
You couldn't help but wonder " How did they move these stones!!" It is believed that they used hundreds of men to push the stones up inclined planes.
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