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As you can tell by the photos the weather changes by the minute at Machu Picchu. Also, because of the way the Incas constructed it the temperatures vary greatly from area to area. This was done to allow warm weather crops to be farmed where ordinarily they couldn't.


Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

The Altar

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

One thing you might notice in the photos is there are absolutely no safety railings in Machu Pichu. You can pretty much go wherever you want to which can be incredibly dangerous. There are ledges that drop off hundreds or thousands of feet so watch your step! The rocks can also be slippery in the morning so you good hiking shoes are a must. I saw one woman walking around with heels on and she looked pretty miserable.


Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Meeting Area

When important information needed to be discussed the Incas met in this area. The entire town would gather there and due to the way the area was constructed everyone could hear the speaker. The "town hall" meeting was alive and well in Machu Picchu over 500 years ago...


Meeting Area

Meeting Area

Meeting Area

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

There are very vew modern elements in Machu Picchu in order not to distract from the natural beauty of the site. Occassionally you will see something with a rope around it, however, and this is to indicate that this is a sacred spot. The 2 round pads in the photo below are believed to be the base for 2 wood carvings that were in the temple.


Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Another engineering marvel was there water delivery system. In the middle of Machu Picchu they found a large spring and they built a series of pools (14 in total) and fountains so that as the water cascaded down the mountain it was collected. These pools were used for bathing as well as drinking so an obvious problem would be if someone is taking a bath in the pool at the top the poor Inca at the bottom would be drinking someone else’s bath water. To overcome this after the water drained from a pool it went into an underground chamber that was filled with sand and charcoal. This filtered out all of the impurities so each pool was as clean as the next.


Machu Picchu

Water Fountain

Inca Bathtub

Filtration System

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu


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