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Winawayna, Machu Picchu

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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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  • Far less busy than it's cousin MP, Winawayna is the most spectacular Inca ruin. It's vast landscape and amazing outlook- it is worth the walk there. Available in the 6hr short Inca trail. 
  • Wonderful place, wonderful energy! Worth it!! Just do not recommend for anyone who has a heart problem. Up and down with rain, we went slowly to the top. We don't think it's as dreadful as some reviews we read. He's tall, has steep stairs, but if you do it slow and careful you can get to the top (or not, as there are places to stop and enjoy the wonderful view, without being at the top). It's a good challenge to do.
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  • There is a very good reason why our tour guide called Winay Wayna the "mini" Machu Picchu. It is just as impressive only on a smaller scale and without the hundreds and hundreds of tourists taking sel...  more »
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  • Absolutely superb. And good exercise ^_^😬
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your pictures make me dream to see it by myself...
  • 從溫泉小鎮乘坐大巴上山前往馬丘比丘門口。早晨會有一些霧,直到中午霧氣才漸漸散開。馬丘比丘全貌呈現在眼前的時候,激動不語言表。儘管馬丘比丘不大,1個小時就能逛一圈,可是我在山上足足待了5個小時,想把眼睛每一分每一秒所看到的都記錄在腦海里。下山建議步行,沿着小路下山,從馬丘比丘門口走到溫泉鎮大概50分鐘,親測。