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Musings from the terraces above Machu Picchu. It was hard to tear myself away from this spot.
From this vantage point on the west side of Machu Picchu, you can see the beautiful terracing, the neighbouring mountain sides and the Urubamba River far below. It was so peaceful just standing here and taking in all the beauty surrounding me.
Did I mention I LOVE terraces?
The spiny whorltail iguana spotted quite often scurrying about Machu Picchu.More llamas grazing on the terraces.
Looking east towards the Watchman’s House.Looking here at the rock quarry, (left foreground) followed by the main temple area just to the top right of quarry and then following along left side to background where the Intiwatana complex is located atop an awkwardly built pyramid - for the prevention of soil erosion. Main city gate (door) visible near bottom right foreground. More to come on these areas in future post.
Here sits the Temple of the Sun (center right - rounded walled complex). Dedicated to the solar god and Incan deity Inti, it was only accessible to the priets and the Sapa Inca. At this important site, the measurements of the solstices were made. Located below the Sun Temple is the Royal Grave where the nobles were laid to rest in a mummified state (closer looks at these in posts to come).Glancing down at the steep terraces on the west side of the city.
Day 6 - Friendly Planet - Amazing Peru Tour