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HUAYNA PICCHU


The mountain Huayna Picchu (with an altitude of 2.667 msnm) it is part of the oriental estribaciones of the solid one of Salcantay, in Cusco, Peru. It is known mainly to be the backdrop of most of panoramic pictures of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. However herself also houses archaeological important remains related with the Inca famous complex.

I walk toward the summit.

A road that leaves of the north end of Machu Picchu crosses the narrow earth language that connects the mountains Machu and Huayna Picchu. Then the road forks. The right brunch ascends to the summit. Their construction should be arduous and in dangerous end: It is a very sheer road, I narrow that includes several tracts with perrons carved in the alive rock to the same border in the vertical wall of rock. At the end, and crowning Huayna Picchu is some smaller constructions, including a cover and a figured big stone by way of throne that is known as "Seat of the Inca." But the most interesting thing here is the view that one has of the ruins and of Urubamba to the bottom of the Canyon whose turbulent waters are heard still thunder in such a high place. Snowy Salcantay (sacralizado for the Inca) is visible from here as it is also it the curious alignment that Picchu exists among Huayna, the summit of Machu Picchu and the one mentioned snowy that according to Johann Renihard is one of the main reasons for those that Machu Picchu was important in times of Pachacutec (1438 -1572).

The Temple of the Moon.

The other road goes toward the later part of the mountain and it takes until to one of the most remarkable complexes in underground constructions of the region. It is about several caves, some of which have been covered (to a bigger scale that in the Mausoleum of Machu Picchu) with blocks of fine cantería that have been carved to fit accurately with the irregular contours of the rocky big blooming that serve them as roof. The walls, of clearly ornamental character, include false covers and niches trapeziums of double and triple jamb. Although their specific function is ignored, it is clear that it is about a group of elite constructions for the effort that demanded to make them. It is believed that he/she could have funeral uses and that all the tombs were plundered in some moment of the history of the region.

The name "Temple of the moon" is arbitrary and he/she doesn't have archaeological back although it has become popular between the archaeologists and the tourist guides. He/she reveals the common interest in any event to compare it in quality with other Inca buildings, as the "temple of the sun" of Machu Picchu.

To arrive until there taking approximately an hour and a half walking from the citadel of Machupicchu, from here part another road costs below toward the river Urubamba.

Source: wikipedia.



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