Llactapata is a small site about 5km away from Macchu Picchu, and comprises of the ruins of small Incan complex.
History of Llactapata
Pronounced ‘yakta-pahta’, the site of Llactapata has a relatively obscure history – and is often mistaken with the larger ruins of Patallacta, which is frequently called Llactapata, but archaeological excavations have led to suggestions that it was a rest stop and shrine on the Inca Trail, and would have been used frequently by travellers and pilgrims. It’s also believed it was an administrative support site for Macchu Picchu, and possibly had some kind of ceremonial or religious importance of its own, given its solar alignments. The site’s agricultural terraces probably also helped feed Macchu Picchu’s inhabitants.
The site was ‘discovered’ by Hiram Bingham in 1912: at the time, he described having found 10 or 12 dwellings and what they thought was the home of an Inca chieftain.
The walled remains of several structures can be explored, along with a 150-ft sunken corridor. The site also offers phenomenal views over Macchu Picchu.
Getting to Llactapata
The site is accessible via the Inca Trail – a multi-day trek which normally encompasses Macchu Picchu. Private guided treks can be arranged in Aguas Calientes.