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One of the most impressive sites along the Inca Trail, the ruins of Winawayna give a good representation of daily life in the settlement. Clinging to the side of a steep hill, the ruins show the foundations of houses, remnants of staircases, and the bases of water fountains. Notice the agricultural terraces of previously cultivated land, which sit above and below the main ruins, and are now often grazed by wild llama. Nicknamed 'Little Machu Picchu', the well-preserved ruins add to the landscape, as the terraced fields form steps down the hillside. To visit Winawayna and get the most from your holiday in Machu Picchu, create itinerary details personal to you using our Machu Picchu trip builder.
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Wiñay Wayna is my favorite archaeological site along the Inca Trail, located next to the Wiñay Wayna campground. Many Inca Trail trekkers have no idea it even exists because their guides don't take them/tell them the site is literally attached to the campground. Machu Picchu will be packed full of tourists on your next day's trek, so take advantage of how quiet this site is. Do the typical archaeological site exploration, but also take time to just sit and enjoy it. Reflect on your journey to date - how far you've come and what you're about to complete. Simply amazing!!! Two spots at Wiñay Wayna that made me fall in love with the site was one of the upper terraces and the small meditation platform at the bottom (outside of lowest house). Being able to sit in these two spots to simply enjoy my surrounds was like no other, which I highly recommend anyone that is able to take advantage of.
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Wiñay Wayna is the archeological site neighbor to Machu Picchu that you reach on the Inca trail the day before you arrive at Machu Picchu. The name Wiñay Wayna was given to the ruin by the eminent Peruvian archaeologist, Dr. Julio C. Tello, which means "Forever young." The archeological site consist of upper and lower house clusters, interconnected by a long, precipitous staircase with accompanying fountain structures, often referred to as "baths." A large area of agricultural terraces lies just north of the house-staircase complex. The site is not unusual for those in this region: compact formations of architecture that conform to, and often take advantage of the local topography.
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