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Huinay Huayna

Listed under Ancient Settlements in Sacred Valley, Peru.

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Huinay Huayna is the last ruin on the Inca Trail before you get to Machu Picchu. Its terraces coming down the mountainside like huge stairs, are well preserved, as are its ceremonial baths, fed by a waterfall behind them. Water is a very important feature of Huinay Huayna – of its two temples the higher one is the Temple of the Rainbow, and the lower one the Temple of the Waterfall, and there are 15 ceremonial baths between the top temple and the lower one.

Looking out though the windows of the Temple of the Rainbow it's more than likely that that's what you'll see, but the mountains and the Urubamba River valley in the background, as well as all the perfect terraces, help to make this spot one of the most spectacular places on earth.

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