Is Machupicchu a sacred Inca citadel? what details determine for it?
Yes, indeed, Machupicchu is a Sacred City, because from the moment of its conception it was planned on that way. The Incas, in order to build the city, first had a thorough knowledge of its geography, they chose and determined the exact place where they should build the city of Machupicchu, that is, the relationship that the city would have with its deities, the sacred mountains: Known as the “Apus” or spirit of the mountains
The geological chaos, manifested by geologists, is transformed even the city that we know now; But before this transformation, the first thing the Incas do is see the conditions that the city would encompass; that is, its orientation in relation to the movement of the Sun; from the dawn until sunset; the way in which the city and the environments receive the insolation during the day. That is why the city has different forms in its planning. The sector that we know as the lower area or “Urin”, is characterized by the famous “kanchas” or patios; Instead, the upper part or “Hanan” is arranged in a staggered way, capturing solar energy for more hours a day. All of this shows us the sacred character of Machupicchu Inca citadel; the relationship of the mountains with its strategic location, the way the city was planned; the orientation of the buildings, the majority capturing energy through the entrance doors and through the windows; in the same way, the orientation of the streets and squares is much more evident even in relation to the sepulchral caves, or tombs, which are generally oriented to the east, it speaks to us of a correct planning.
In addition, the way the city is built is important. For example, astronomical observatories should be in relevant areas. This is the case of the sector known as “Intiwatana” or the sundial that is nothing but a “Sukanka” – many of these names are arbitrary -, which is the most relevant point for the panoramic view of Machupicchu. In the same way, the Torreon or the so-called Temple of the Sun, is strategically oriented to carry out astronomical observations.
The quality of the constructions is equally decisive to indicate that the Inca City of Machupicchu is a city of sacred character, in conjunction with another important element within the city: water. For life to exist, this resource must necessarily be presented; but it comes through a system, a very special channel, very well carved and distributed through 16 ceremonial sources. All this shows us that Machupicchu was a city with purely sacred characteristics.
How can you visit the sacred city of Machupicchu?
There are several options for visit the sacred Inca citadel of Machupicchu, it depends how do you want to visit. By train by bus or walking; below you’ll find tour packages option chose the one which suits you better.
- Machu Picchu Sunrise Tour 2 days
- Machu Picchu Adventure Tour 5D,
- Machu Picchu Classic Tour 4D/3N
- Machu Picchu Explore 5 days
- Machu Picchu Magic Tour 5 Days
- Machu Picchu Day Trip
- Machu Picchu Luxury Tour
- Machu Picchu By Car 2 Days
- Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu Tour 2 days
- Machu Picchu Cultural Tour 6D/5N
- Machu Picchu Peru Tour 6 Days
- Machu Picchu Amazon Trip 7 days
- Inti Raymi