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Listed under Archaeological Sites in Sacred Valley, Peru.

  • Photo of Phuyupatamarca
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  • Photo of Phuyupatamarca
  • Photo of Phuyupatamarca
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Phuyupatamarca has quite a complicated layout of defensive walls, buildings and paths between. It's built around the top of the hill, overlooking the valleys below – it's a defensive position, but also one that provides beautiful views. When the clouds gather off the cloud forests it looks like these ruins are floating in the clouds.

15 buildings can be made out within the ruins, as well as two grand squares, bridges and stairways, in several cases leading down to the underground water channels. There are also six ceremonial baths and two fountains, all fed by the still running channels.

Written by  Stuart James.

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