Tambomachay

Tambomachay, Cusco

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Elena Gunters Greens
San Francisco, CA35 contributions
temple dedicated to water
Dec 2019
I came to this place with no air and early soroche, but it was totally worth it. Understanding a little about the function that the place played and the Inca thought is fascinating.
Inca historical place of water ritual.
Recommended visit on the city tour
Written June 23, 2020
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
El Bano del Inca
Feb 2020
So...instead of visiting Pisac, that day I'd stopped to look at little Inca site outside of Cuzco called Tambomachay. Located around 8 km to the north of old Inca capital, Tambomachay is one of this places that historians and archaeologists can't agree on what was its original function. Was it military outpost, spa resort for political Inca elite, imperial bath or one of the nine ceques built along the Road of Antisuyu, were sacrifices were made? Even the name of the place is confusing, as "tampu" in Quechua means inn or guest house. More problematic is "machay" or"mach'ay" were the former means cave and the latter one drunkenness or to get drunk. It looks like being a linguist it's not a piece of cake. Spanish conquerors called this place "the bath of the Inca" as it consist series of canals and aqueducts. The site itself is very small and, to be honest, not much left of whatever it was. If ones schedule is very tight, the place can be left out without any hesitation. But if someone got more spare time on hands can drop in and look around, especially, that the near the site of Tambomachay is located another one, called Puka Pukara, therefore, it is possible to kill two birds with one stone. As the place is not far from Cuzco the small walk around the area may be a good idea, the more that one can find there other places associated with Inca.
Written March 26, 2020
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OldIrishCurmudgeon
Yarmouth, ME1,015 contributions
Meh
Mar 2020 • Solo
This one was ok. Just walking up to the ruin was a bit boring but there is a path just beyond it that leads you up into the beautiful hills beyond, and that makes this stop worth while.
Written March 14, 2020
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ScaniaSwede
Malmö, Sweden1,220 contributions
Interesting but not unforgettable
Aug 2019 • Couples
Rather small, but if you’re in the area, it’s almost a must and seems to be part of the standard 3-5 ruins to watch outside Cusco.
It was fascinating to see how the Incas had managed to get water in this remote place. A walk up the small hill opposite also gives you a view over the ruins.
Written February 25, 2020
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Stephany
Guadalajara, Mexico6 contributions
one of my favorites...
Feb 2020
If you are going to travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the odds are you will begin to see a lot of Inca ruins. I know we did. And, honestly, they were all fresh and everyone had their own unique story. But something about this one really rose for me. It was fascinating to see the water flowing through the freemasonry. Maybe it was the time of day we arrived, maybe it was the water fountains, but I found Tambomachay to be very calm and serene. We did an excursion for a bit of some rocks that we could sit on that had a view of the fountains and we sat there for at least 15 minutes. For me it was perfect, so although it was one of the smallest Inca sites, I recommend not going through the largest. Tambomachay deserves to be visited - Thanks to the agency Bioandean Expeditions.
Written February 21, 2020
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,201 contributions
More Incan stonework!
Jan 2020 • Couples
More Incan stonework! Actually part of the fascinating Inca structures that surround and encompass Cusco. Definitely worth a visit if you art unable to go to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Written February 10, 2020
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Sean Fergusson
New York City, NY4 contributions
Nice Place to Visit
Jan 2020
We did the city tour of Cusco and ruins in around the city.

The tour was great specially tambomachay was impressive place.
Written January 14, 2020
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Kipotlov
Quebec City, Canada80 contributions
Small ruin
Nov 2019
This ruin is beautiful, but small.
You have this site included in the ticket. But this is not the best place to visit.
The site is easily accessible by public transport (2 soles). I joined the map of the road of the bus to help to know where to get it.
Written December 9, 2019
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albertsebastian
Melbourne, Australia245 contributions
More ruins in the Sacred Valley
Feb 2019
Lots of small waterfalls and water fountains still feeding water from the mountains after centuries. Fantastic architecture and a wonder for a day trip.
Written November 30, 2019
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Steve M
Oak Park, IL97 contributions
It's on the Tourist Ticket
Oct 2019 • Couples
Probably not worth the trip on it's own, but if you're going to Saqsayhuman, it's right up the road. Small site, maybe we would have learned more, but a storm with wind and hail came over the mountain and left our group hustling back to the bus
Written November 26, 2019
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