Peru’s Tambo Machay Ruins


The complex of Tambomachay is situated at just 9 km (5.6 mi) from Cusco.

The site itself, is in close proximity to 3 other acient ruins, Qenqo, Puca Pucarra, and Sachsayhuaman, which we visited all on the same day. Tambo Machay is the smallest of the four sites, composed of a ceremonial fountain and 3 terraces.

It is believed that the Incas used this complex for religious ceremonies or for rituals that included the use of flowing water. Others believe it may have been a hunting retreat. Still, while there is more evidence that this may have been the site dedicated to the Virgins of the Sun, during the Inca empire.

It seems scholars and researchers have dismissed this small site as not being as significant as some of the other sites in the area. Therefore it’s difficult to find information sources in agreement.

If you are to agree with the conventional history told by the tour guides, all of the sites throughout Cusco and the Sacred Valley, all the ruins left behind were constructed during the Inca rule, spanning from 1200 AD until the fall of the empire in 1533AD. But that doesn’t explain the significantly different building styles found at Tambo Machay.

But some alternative researchers, geologists and anthropologists are publishing their beliefs that the Incas build upon the grounds of much more ancient sites. At Tambo Machay there are 2 or 3 different building styles visible. The structure has 3 levels and, one of which too had been built with perfectly fitting-together unequal-shaped bricks without the usage of mortar. Even after many centuries, the stones are still well-polished and remain intact.

And of course I am always fascinated with ancient technologies that could imply star-gates or portals to other times and places. What do you think?

Lainie Liberti
Lainie Liberti is a recovering branding expert, who’s career once focused on creating campaigns for green - eco business, non-profits and conscious business. Dazzling clients with her high-energy designs for over 18 years, Lainie lent her artistic talents to businesses that matter.  But that was then.

In 2008, after the economy took a turn, Lainie decided to be the change (instead of a victim) and began the process of “lifestyle redesign,” a joint decision between both her and her 11-year-old son, Miro. They sold or gave away all of of their possessions in 2009 and began a life of travel, service, and exploration. Lainie and her son Miro began their open-ended adventure backpacking through Central and South America. They are slow traveling around the globe allowing inspiration to be their compass. The pair is most interested in exploring different cultures, contributing by serving, and connecting with humanity as ‘global citizens.’

Today Lainie considers herself a digital nomad who is living a location independent life. She and her son write and podcast their experiences from the road at Raising Miro on the Road of Life.
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