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Machu Picchu - the "old peak"  
Machu Picchu - "old peak" and Terraced Ruins

Machu Picchu itself is not a level plateau, the ruins are built on terraces.
Machu Picchu literally means "old peak".
So, the mountain in the background (Machu Picchu) actually
gave the whole site its name.
Where there`s an "old peak" there has to be a new one as well and in Machu Picchu, it can be found on the other side of the compound. But if you followed the arrows above you'll already have seen Huayna Picchu...
The small house in the upper left is the hut of the caretaker of the funerary rock, the traditional vantage point for the obligatory picture of Machu Picchu from above.

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