| 2007 Peru / Ecuador
|With an elevation of 2600 meters
and a relentless tour guide, a visit to Machu Picchu can be
disorienting. And yet the whole area is only 400x100 meters; a mere 20th
of a sq km. This page expands on my own experience and orients
you to better enjoy your visit.
Almost everything about Machu Picchu is speculation, although I will use the most common terms. It seems likely that the estate was a summer retreat for the Inca, that is, for the god-ruler himself. The agricultural areas seem insufficient to feed a fully occupied village throughout a year.
|The bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu runs whenever there is a full bus. The direct distance is about two and a half kilometers, but the bus has to travel about nine kilometers to ascend the mountain. The switchbacks in the image at the right run from Aguas Calientes in the upper right to Machu Picchu at the middle left. (Click for larger image.)|
|The map below is interactive.
The layers can be turned on and off. The first four tabs below the map
turn on selected layers. The fifth tab lets you turn them on and off
Image adapted from greatbuildings.com
|Overview Geography Landmarks Routes Map Toggles|
|Sunday, May 13, 2007|
From the guardian hut we walked down and into the religious zone: temple of three windows; sacrifice stones; sun temple below on the right; platform with hitching post to which the priests tied the sun to make it return after the solstice. Finally we walked back to the starting point by traversing the west side of the courtyard. With a detour to the lower east side to see the "temple of the condor".
|Monday, May 14, 2007|
In my walk I shot the condor from one side and found the picture of a dog in one of the wings. Anna promised to call it "La Perro del Fredo." Then I carried on all the way to the sacred rock and portal to climbing Huayna Picchu. Returned along upper east side. Eddie took camera and ran upward to photgraph the city gate.
|More web links
Here is a great annotated picture of Machu Picchu, looking south from Huayna Picchu. It does a good job of showing the slopes of the various areas.
This is the best map of Machu Picchu that I found.
This travel guide details a trip through M-P much like the one I took,
and it is accompanied with another good map.
This map links to cool 360º panoramas
This site describes Machu Picchu in French and includes a semi-topgraphic map.
The "Intihuatana" or observatory is a feature of every Incan religious site. It is supposed to be a hitching post to which the priests tied the sun to reverse its course at the solstices. The "Intimachy" noted on some maps has an alignment with the December solstice. The temple of the Sun has an alignment with the June solstice.
Extol the virtues of Incan engineering, especially hydrological.
has contour map of the area surrounding M-P, which includes the location of the Inca spring and aqueduct (both still operating).
Mountain close on east is Putukusi. (2500 m)
interactive model uses PolyWorks/IMView
Map showing the landslide areas.
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