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We continue our route along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and this time we find the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, it has a panoramic view, its construction is urban-religious.

In this article we will cover everything we can see, what the name Phuyupatamarca means and what tour we should do to see this amazing Inca building.

What does Phuyupatamarca mean?

The name assigned has to do with its geographical location and it received the Quechua name Phuyupatamarca and in Spanish means "place among the clouds", precisely because it is located in the jungle and the clouds usually cover the archaeological site.

Well, now we will talk a little more about its history; Phuyupatamarca is one of the archaeological sites that are on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This is a small city that was made as an urban-religious center, you can also see dozens of agricultural terraces.

Some researchers affirm that this site probably worshiped the water because of the existing system of terraces, rooms, among others. This type of construction is definitely interesting because it has been around 500 years and all the constructions are still standing.

Phuyupatamarca has a spectacular viewpoint from where you can see the buildings of Intipata, Winaywinay and in the distance you can see Machu Picchu. In fact, a hidden surprise of the Peruvian Andes.

  • Phuyupatamarca comes from Quechua and means "Place among the clouds".
  • It was built as an urban and religious site.
  • It features an advanced farming system.
  • Water was worshiped, because ceremonial fountains were found in the area.

How to get to Phuyupatamarca, Inca Trail?

As I said before this site is in the network of the Inca trail so it is not the only construction that you will find here; to get to this destination it takes about three hours from the ruins of Sayacmarca and the surprising thing is that near Phuyupatamarca there is a viewpoint from which we can see the snowy Salkantay (in the time of the Incas was one of the sacred and important mountains).

What to see and do in the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca?

  • Architecture: Curiously, it was built on top of the mountain in which were built about 15 houses including two squares, six ceremonial fountains, water channels, viewpoints and agricultural terraces in levels. There is also the presence of subway water in the direction of the ceremonial fountains, as these were sacred.
  • Flora, fauna: Along our tour you will see a variety of plants and trees that may already be famous, among the animals we will see will be the hummingbird, canastero, etc..

Tours that include Phuyupatamarca with Terandes.com

To get to Phuyupatarca you must hire the services of the 4-day Inca Trail trek that will take you to see not only this site, but also other buildings that are located either in the lower or upper jungle.

Undoubtedly, this is one of the best Inca Trail treks that you should do to learn more about the Inca culture, it is also one of the ways to know the wonderful Inca citadel Machu Picchu.

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