In cusco you will find a variety of archaeological sites, each one was very special and fulfilled an important function within the Inca Empire.
Tambomachay had the function of providing the hydrological resource to the surrounding communities being one of the most important archaeological complexes in the city of Cusco.
We don’t know exactly what Tambomachay means but it is presumed that it was born from these 2 words in Quechua. “Tampu”, which means collective lodging and “Mach´ay”, which means resting place.
According to other references, the word “Machay” means “caverns”, that describes the peculiar environment of the place where these natural rock formations are appreciated and were part of the indigenous tradition as an object of veneration or magical practices, according to some chronicles.
In some chronicles of the conquest, there is information that referred this was a hunting area of the Inca Yupanqui. Implying that this area had a large number of species.
It is located at only 7 kilometers from the imperial city of Cusco, due to its location it belongs to one of the most important centers of “ceques” or imaginary lines that departed from Cusco city and served the Incas to organize their sanctuaries and important centers.
In Tambomachay you will be able to appreciate a stone construction that mimics with the environment. Being a set of three parallel platforms, in the last of them rises a wall of 15 meters long and 4 meters high adorned with 4 niches. These stone blocks were embedded perfectly.
The water reaches to the lowest pond through subterranean channels. At this point two springs maintain a constant flow of clean water which comes from another pond from a higher level. A very similar system as the one that exists in Machu Picchu.
The entrance to the archaeological site of Tambomachay is included in the General Tourist Ticket as other archaeological centers In Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Admission hours are from 07:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Close to Tambomachay there are other archaeological sites, of which stand out Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman fortress because of their importance.
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