Sayaqmarca

Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna

Sayaqmarca lies at 3,600 meters above sea level, on the tip of a very prominent ridge. The site is reached by climbing 98 steep stone steps up the edge of a mountain.

The name Sayaqmarca means 'Inaccessible Town' and describes the position of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins. 

Sayaqmarca has a temple of the Sun (a solar observation post) and a residential half. A little river was bridged into the city and an ingenious system of canalization brought the precious water to all parts of the ruin. These canals serve more than half of the houses. The water finally fills ceremonial baths and disappearing in the jungle. 

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