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Machu Picchu circuit 1

Circuit number 1 takes about 2 hours to complete. It is one of the best circuits if you want to take the best pictures of Machu Picchu and you have limited time. The upper area consists of 3 of the best spots to take pictures of Machu Picchu. If you are into landscape photography, this circuit is one of the best. Below is a map that describes the best attractions you will find on this circuit. The best photo spots are marked with a camera icon where you can take the classic photo of Machu Picchu as well as some of the best landscape photos of this Inca world wonder. There are only two tickets that allows you to visit circuit 1 completely:
- the Machu Picchu citadel ticket
- the Machu Picchu circuit 1 or 2 + Inca bridge

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Upper Terraces Circuit 1
1 Lower platform. This is where you can take the classic picture of Machu Picchu 2 Upper platform. This is another area where you can take the classic picture of Machu Picchu 3 Main Gate 4 Dry Moat 5 Temple of the Sun 6 Granitic Chaos 7 Water Mirrors 8 Pisonay tree plaza 9 Archaeological reserve

Circuit Number 1 main attractions

Lower platform

This is where you can take the classic picture of Machu Picchu.

machupicchu circuit1 lower platform

Upper platform

This is where you take the panoramic photo of Machu Picchu.

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu circuit 1 upper platform

Main Gate

The Inca architects designed it to frame the Waynapicchu mountain, one of the tutelary deities of the place. The trapezoidal shape is a hallmark of Inka architecture.

machupicchu circuit1 main gate

Dry Moat

The division between the agrarian and urban areas was marked by the Dry Moat, which would have been a water drainage. It also prevented excessive erosion of the land and contributed to the isolation of the ceremonial sector.

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Sun Temple

Sun Temple, The temple is one of the best examples of organic architecture in the world and one of the finest in the sites of Machupicchu. The lower level contains a stepped symbol, a lithic sculpture, and trapezoidal niches that were used for ceremonial purposes related to the cult of the dead. In the top level, trapezoidal niches can be found, along with a large carved rock altar and trapezoidal windows that were astronomical observation points.

machupicchu circuit1 sun temple

Granitic Chaos Or Quarries of Machupicchu

The fractured rocks and partially worked granite blocks in this area were still in the process of formation. The area was still being used as a quarry at the time the site was abandoned. It hints at what the site may have looked like prior to the construction of the deposit.

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Water Mirrors

They are two round-shaped containers, carved in a natural outcrop of granite, similar to mortars, which is why this place is known as: "The Mortar Room", they are located on the floor of one of the enclosures of the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun.

machupicchu circuit1 water mirror

Pisonay Square

Pisonay or cinchona or cascarilla tree, which is located in the Plaza, which is a symbol that represents the riches of the vegetable kingdom in the national coat of arms of Peru, will be part of the 24 native species that will be planted in the next five years in the Historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

machupicchu circuit1 pisonay square

Archaeological Reserve

The archaelogical reserve is series of inca structures that are roofless. There is a variety of rooms and hallways. Some structures have many windows, other structures have long halls and walkways.

machupicchu circuit1 archaeological reserve