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Llactapata

Santa Teresa, Cusco, Peru

About Llactapata

The site of Llactapata contains the remains of a small Inca complex near Machu Picchu.

Often confused with the larger ruins of Patallacta, which is frequently called Llactapata, this site was first discovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1912 and explored in detail by an Anglo-American team in 2003.

Though little evidence remains as to its history, it is believed that Llactapata was an observatory and temple complex, used to take astronomical readings. The walled remains of several structures can be explored, along with a 150-ft sunken corridor.