8 places that you should not miss inside Machu Picchu

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When doing tourism it is important not to miss any details of the activities that are planned so that the trip becomes perfect.

There are places whose natural diversity is wide, that is why you should organize your time to explore every corner of the place, especially if this is a wonder of the world.

This is the case of Machu Picchu, an archaeological jewel and a magical place where you can feel the connection with nature and ancestors.

So if you want to visit the Inca City, here we show you the places you must visit to make your experience as complete as possible.

Each city has its own structure, in the case of the Sacred City of Machu Picchu it was also designed for different functions.

In the ruins you can see two areas: the first worked as an agricultural area and the other as an urban area. In both you will find places that you should not miss like the following:

The Sacred Plaza

This enclosure is formed by three walls with polygon shapes. The function of this square was of a religious nature.

Proof of this is the so-called House of the Priest, an extra chamber where the High Priest or “Willaq Urna” resided, in Quechua, means “head that warns”.

From the square you can see 3 windows that have a spectacular view.

Temple of the 3 windows

This stone temple, escorted by the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Condor, has as its own name indicates 3 trapezoidal windows that were used for religious rites.

It is one of the best examples of symmetrical architecture so typical of the Incas and that is visible in much of Machu Picchu. All this thanks to the cut and union of the stones used by the Incas.

Temple of the Sun

The Temple of the Sun has several levels both to be visited and enjoyed.

Under the temple there is a small enclosure that has two windows that were used by priests to carry out their rites and prayers. The design and shape of the stones of this temple take you back to antiquity.

The Royal Residence

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And in an ancient civilization royalty could not be missing. The Royal Residence is the largest building and main temple of the whole citadel. It has a master bedroom and stairs that lead to a second level.

Its design, size, distribution and the fine carving of its walls and lintels reveals that it was an accommodation for the inhabitants of the highest social class of the whole citadel.

Intihuatana

It is a carved piece that is located in one of the highest places of the citadel. This Quechua term can be translated as “where the sun is moored”.

A translation that would have its meaning in that the Intihuatana served to differentiate the different seasons depending on the shadow cast by the piece on the base of the stone.

The Water Mirrors

It is an enclosure used by women to carry out different activities related to hygiene and the cult of water.

Its name is due to the fact that in the middle of the enclosure there are 2 circular reservoirs that had the function of grinding the grains.

The story tells that in times of rain these reservoirs filled with water and at night you could see the stars through them since the water resembled a mirror where they were reflected.

Temple of the Condor

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This temple is magical and unique, because it was made above a cave, it has several levels and enclosures, it is said that each one was for people of different ranks.

In the main courtyard there is a carved stone with the image of a condor, a bird considered as a deity for the Incas.

Huayna Picchu Mountain

This mountain is next to the citadel and is the best place to have a complete panoramic view of Machu Picchu.

You can also see the temple of the dead, the jail and the fountains that are all over the city.

You can find all in one place, amazing landscapes, captivating history and magical places, all in the Sacred City. Dare to make a Machu Picchu Tour. I assure you that you will have a great time.

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