Machu Picchu - 22: Huayna Picchu / Wayna Picchu
HUAYNA PICCHU AND THE TEMPLE OF THE MOON
The imposing granite sugarloaf peak of Huayna Picchu offers breathtaking views of the whole site but you need a bit of a head for heights to make the steep hike to the top. Start from the Sacred Rock but be there before 1pm as itís not possible to climb after this time. Towards the summit, youíll pass through terracing which, too narrow to have had an agricultural purpose, may well have been for ornamental gardens to be looked at from below. If you have time, carry on down via the Temple of the Moon. Built to face the Pleiades which were worshipped by the Incas, and situated inside a large natural grotto, this is where youíll find some of Machu Picchuís finest stonework including a very impressive gateway. As human remains were found here, itís thought that the cave may have been a final resting place for mummies.
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