This view here must be one of the most photographed views, giving a general idea of the layout of the town that once stood here, with the Huayna Picchu (young Peak) as a back drop its well worth the one hours climb to the top
On the eastern side of the central green (as we would call it in New England) is a concentrated area of houses and public buildings. Unlike the western section, which housed the nobility and surrounds the Sacred Plaza, most of the buildings in this area have a more mundane function. None of them are connected to an aqueduct, which also indicates a lesser importance. However, this makes it interesting in its own way and it certainly should not be skipped.
The Sacred City is such a beautiful place, the landscape is so awesome, and everything is full of mystery... just enjoy it.
La Ciudad Sagrada es un lugar tan bello, el paisaje es tan impresionante, y todo está tan lleno de misterio... disfrútalo.
The doorway used to visit the Sacred City is not the "real" one; the ancient doorway was situated between the mountains, at a quite inaccessible place. The picture shows, far away, the main doorway.
La entrada utilizada para visitar la Ciudad Sagrada no es la "verdadera"; el antiguo ingreso estaba ubicado entre las montañas, en un lugr bastante inaccesible. La foto muestra, a lo lejos, la entrada principal.
How did the Incas built the Sacred City and other constructions?
Machu Picchu is situated at a mountainous area, practically inaccessible. How did they take the stones to that place?
The walls, almost untouched, are built stone over stone, without mortar; the stones are cut in such way that are perfectly embeded.
How did the cut the stones?
There are some hypotheses, but the real explanation is unknown.
¿Cómo construyeron los incas la Ciudad Sagrada y otros edificios?
Machu Picchu está situada en una zona montañosa, prácticamente inaccesible. ¿Cómo llevaron las piedras hasta allí?
Las murallas, casi intactas, están construidas piedra sobre piedra, sin mortero entre ellas; están cortadas de modo tal que encajan perfectamente unas con otras. ¿Cómo las cortaron?
Existen varias hipótesis, pero la explicación real se desconoce.
Machu Picchu is not exactly what you mean when you say 'a city of ruins'. The city was just abandoned. Of course with the time of centuries the roof which were made of grass fell down (and has been reconstructed on the house in this picture). Then, when the vegetation begun to grow it made damages at the city. More damages were also done when cutting down all the trees after that Hiram Bingham had found the city, damages by falling trees as well as when taking away the roots etcetera.
This is across the Principal Plaza looking at some of the workmanship that went into the making of the stones to build this city.
Some smaller buildings next to large terraces are part of this section and thought to have served as lookout posts.
The lost city is massive. I was not expecting it to be as big as it was. You will definately need a lot of time to see everything