Temple of the Moon in the Huayna Picchu

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2016 Ticket Machu PicchuIt is known as the "Temple of the Moon" achieved an Inca construction, inside a huge cave. You can see a series of walls Incas, fine finish, with presence of trapezoidal niches, and double doors jamb Imperial Inca style. The name was given after the arrival of Hiram Bingham, it is not known so far which would have been the real name of this impressive place.



The Temple of the Moon is in the back of the Huayna Picchu to 2,667 m., In the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu. Inside a cave that is part of the Natural set of Young Mountain or Huayna Picchu.


Templo de la Luna Machu Picchu
Temple of the Moon – Machu Picchu



The Temple of the Moon is an architectural complex of fine stone, It has a ceremonial style and belongs to the time of Pachacutec. You can see a series of niches or hornacinas, small windows for ceremonial purposes. Also, double jamb doors, that only were built in sacred and ceremonial sites.

You can see also niches or hornacinas of the size of a door, these spaces were used to put their mummies, so they can witness the religious ceremonies that could have been done in this place.

While it is true that its function is specified is unknown; however, archaeological investigations so far have yielded data, concerning construction of highly religious and ceremonial character.


How to reach the Temple of the Moon?

Within the Inca City of Machu Picchu is located, a stand of controlling access to the mountain Huayna Picchu, exactly in the sector huayranas where is the Sacred Rock. There is a well defined and marked path, you have to climb for an hour and a half depending on the physical state of the person.

In the middle of the walk there are two ways:

  • To the right, it will lead to the top of the mountain, it is a narrow, steep road, with the presence of stairs, worked to the edge of the same wall.
  • To the left to the north, it goes another marked path that is going to lead to the back the mountain where there exists a series of caves that have been worked and adequate, to build inside, the called Temple of the Moon.

The site is surrounded by terraces and on the floor there are scattered rocks, and the type of rock is granite. Approximately, the cave is 13 meters long and 3 meters high.


Do you pay to visit the Temple of the Moon?

To visit the Temple of the Moon, you should buy the Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu, once inside you do not need to pay any extra, because the Temple of the Moon is part of Huayna Picchu.

We remind you, you can visit the Huayna Picchu and therefore the Temple of the Moon in two groups:

Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Group 1, input from 07:00 hrs. – 08:00 hrs.
Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Group 2, input from 10:00 hrs. – 11:00 hrs.

In both cases, they can only enter 200 persons per group per day.

Ticket Machu Picchu advises you how to purchase your Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu.



By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 08-07-2015


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