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What to See in Machupicchu

What to see in Machu Picchu

Take your time walking around the site, there are many corners to see and explore. Although it is not necessary, taking a guided tour provides a deeper insight into the ancient city, its uses, as well as information on the geography of the city. Keep in mind that relatively little is known about the history and uses of the ruins, and some of the stories told by the guides are based on little more than popular hearsay.

Puerta del Sol

(IntiPunku)

If you have just arrived via the Inca Trail, this will be your first experience in the ruins. Others may backtrack from the ruins along the way and climb the hill. From here you can see down every valley with beautiful views. It’s a pretty demanding hike (probably 1 or 1.5 hours each way), but well worth it.

Temple of the Sun

Temple of the Sun, Machu PicchuTemple of the Sun, Machu Picchu
Near the top of the main city, the stone in the temple is incredible. Take a good look and you will see that there are a variety of stone walls all over the city. Most of them are raw stones joined with mud, the common stone walls found all over the world. However, many buildings or parts of buildings are made of the most distinctive and impressive stone. The temple is the absolute pinnacle of this technology. Watch from the side, descending the stone staircase in the main square.

Intihuatana

A stone carved in such a way that, on certain days at dawn, the sun makes a particular shadow, thus functioning as a sundial. According to some scientists, the meaning “where the sun is tied (or tied) (inti)”, and it is believed that it served as a calendar, to define the seasons, according to the shadow that the sun gave to the base of that stone.

Temple of the Three Windows

Temple of the Three Windows, Machu PicchuTemple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu
Whose walls of large polygonal blocks were assembled like a jigsaw puzzle
Main Temple, of more regular blocks, which is believed to have been the main ceremonial enclosure of the city. Attached to it is the so-called “house of the priest” or “chamber of ornaments”.

Temple of the Condor

– The tour guides may try to tell you that it was a temple, but look closely: between the wings of the condor is a chamber with grooves made in the stone to secure handcuffs, a corridor behind which a torturer can walk to whip the prisoner’s back, and a well of fear that seeks to drain the blood of the prisoners. Clearly the condor was a symbol of cruel justice, but an aseptic version is told for the benefit of middle-aged tourists and their children.

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