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Peru Day 08 101 Wayna Picchu Climb

The eighth day of my trip to Peru and Easter Island.

 

My climb of Wayna Picchu (Huayna Picchu) the mountain behind Machu Picchu. I found climbing it quite easy, what tired me out was going to the Temple of the Moon and Grand Cavern behind the mountain and then climbing back from there with very little water.

 

Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu (Quechua: "Young Peak") is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machu Picchu, the so-called "lost city of the Incas" and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres (8,920 ft) above sea level, or about 360 metres (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu.

 

According to local guides, the top of the mountain was the residence for the high priest and the local virgins. Every morning before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day. The Temple of the Moon, one of the three major temples in the Machu Picchu area, is nestled on the side of the mountain and is situated at an elevation lower than Machu Picchu. Adjacent to the Temple of the Moon is the Great Cavern, another sacred temple with fine masonry.

 

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Taken on May 6, 2010