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Machu Picchu: la settima meraviglia del mondo moderno

Things to see inside Machu Picchu

  • Huayna Picchu is the mountain situated behind the citadel. Climbing Huayna Picchu requires 45 to 90 minutes. Before reaching the top, you will go through a tunnel built by the Incas and you will then make your way towards the House of the High Priest. There are no words to describe the views from the top of Huayna Picchu.
  • Inti Punku marks the end of the Inca Trail and its name means the Sun Gate. From this strategic point the view on Machu Picchu is magnificent and from here it is also possible to see the Machu Picchu Mountain. At dawn, from Inti Punku you can admire an astonishing sunrise.
  • Intiwatana is a ritual stone linked to the Inca astral calendar. Its name is derived from the Quechua language.
  • In the Central Square there is the Condor Temple and the image of this bird of prey is carved in the rocks.
  • The Temple of the Sun is the only round building to be found on the Machu Picchu site. It can only be viewed from above as it is forbidden to go inside.
  • The Last Inca Bridge is only a half hour walk from the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. This is the last Inca construction before leaving the site.
  • The Temple of the Moon can be accessed climbing Huayna Picchu and following the path leading to the temple.
  • The Main Temple is a perfect and robust building and one of the most brilliant examples of Inca architecture.
  • The Sacred Square can be found after a very rocky area used as quarries.
  • Phuyupatamarka is the name of restored ruins and ritual baths.
  • The Sacristy is a ceremonial site that may have been used to store sacred objects. On the door you will see two monolithic blocks, one of which has 32 corners.
  • The “Manuel Chavez Ballón” Museum is new and is situated at the bottom of the path that leads to Machu Picchu.
  • The Royal Tomb: it is not known the reason for its construction and no mummy was ever found. It is situated below the Temple of the Sun.
  • The Temple of the Three Windows owes its name to the three enormous trapezoidal-shaped windows.
  • The Condor Temple: it is amusing to stand amongst the stones arranged in the shape of a condor’s open wings and to admire a sculpture representing the head of the bird.
  • The Prison is a complicated labyrinth full of passages and niches and the Condor Temple is situated in the middle of it.
  • The House of the High Priest is not different because of the quality of the construction but merely for its position: just in front of the main square and next to the Temple of the Three Windows.