There are three ceremonial sites on each side; the whole group has a central element of an ancient Waka (proper Inca stone). We take a slow ascent that shows an impressive landscape with a change in ecological levels. The mountains and the murmur of the Vilcanota River dominate the trail. We will find Tiana’s (places of rest) on our trek.
This road runs parallel to the creek connecting this group with Wiñaywayna. The Incas took much care to achieve this combination of architecture with nature. Choquesuysuy is one of the places where both of them fuse harmoniously.
The road crosses the middle of the mountain and is covered with straw and small bushes.
Wiñaywayna means “always young.” This archaeological site was discovered by the Peruvian scientist Dr. Julio C. Tell. After some minutes of walking between platforms covered with moss and flowers, we arrived at Wiñaywayna.
It is located at the Inka road’s crossroad and the sacred road. Both locations are perfectly appropriate to the topography of the green Andes Mountains.
This area has the form of the hill where it did build. Their architectural expression, appropriate to this topography of nature, is worthy of being imitated today. This spiritual mixture of reverence and everyday water use is standard in many parts of the Inca construction area.
The turret’s interior is semicircular, with trapezoid windows that offer an impressive valley view. There are spaces for domestic use in the back part of the turret.
The platforms of Intipata, whose name means “heights of the sun,” are formed by sequential convex media. These platforms are oriented toward the dawn in a pyramidal way to capture the first sunbeams. Intipata indicates that the Inca acclimatized or adapted to new species in a different ecological area. These constructions are in the top and bottom parts of the terraces.
From Wiñaywayna to Machu Picchu is only six kilometers or approximately an hour and a half of hiking.
Everything is surrounded or hugged by the sacred river and its wide bend, a jealous guardian of Machu Picchu. We are only one kilometer from the city, along the low path directly leading to the town.
This town is known for its flourishing thermal, mineral, and curative waters. In this place, one can enjoy the comforts of a tourist town, which is atypical.