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Tambomachay, Cusco

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See an authentic Incan site and get a sense of how the ancient culture revered water when you visit Tambomachay. As you approach the site you can see the still partially intact buildings. Walk through the small area and find the aqueducts, canals, and fountains left behind. The exact function of the site remains unclear, though prevailing opinion holds that it served as a military outpost, spa for the elite, or both. City tours usually show up in the afternoon, while mornings are less crowded. Plan your Tambomachay visit and explore what else you can see and do in Cusco using our Cusco itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Cusco

One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
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  • Loved our visit to this site. Our guide brought this site to life for all of us -- more than just a tourist site.  more »
  • we did an afternoon bus tour of the historic inca sites above cusco and tambomachay was the last stop before dark. the hike is a little challenging at nearly 12,000 feet elevation but worth it. we mad...  more »
  • The amount of knowledge the Incas must have had to create such places. They even had running water. A great place to explore.  more »
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  • Tampu Mach'ay is an archaeological site associated with the Inca Empire, located near Cusco, Peru. An alternate Spanish name is El Baño del Inca. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks.
  • Beautiful views.
  • Where: Cusco, Peru What: Tambomachay, archeological site How was it: This place was our first sightseeing place in Cusco. We were very tired from our overnight flight and not used to the altitude yet. Needless to say, we didn't have the necessary strength to visit the entire place but we appreciated the beauty. Like most places in Cusco, there are vendors selling pictures and artisanat at the park entrance. They can offer you great prices at times and feel free to negotiate with them. They don't however accept credit cards, so make sure you have enough money. This is one of the places you can buy the 'boleto touristico', again you need cash (and lots of it because it's rare they accept cards). The boleto touristico is well worth it, if you're in Cusco for more than 5 days, consider the extended version to visit many places. *Another advice, the city tour consists of many sights. The main one you will want to spend more time is Sacsayhuaman and 'consider' getting a guide if you want. You can pay for guides at the other sights, but it will get repetitive and expensive. Our thoughts shared with you ! ;-) Grade: Eli = 4, Serge = 4 Recommend: Yes, it's part of the 'boleto touristico' and a nice place to check out !
  • The fountains at Tambomachay are still flowing after over 500 years. This stop on an important highway from the Inca period probably served as a resting place for the chasquis, the runners who served the communication needs of the nobility of that period. A short climb provides a great vantage point from which you can take an iconic photograph of the site.
  • Very well preserved