The ruins of Phuyupatamarca, located along the Inca Trail, rank among the best preserved and most scenic Inca ruins in existence.
Known as the ‘Town above the Clouds’, Phuyupatamarca is over 11,000 feet above sea level and often surrounded by thick clouds which weave their way through the valleys below – producing a picturesque viewpoint which is not to be missed.
The site itself contains some excellent Inca ruins, including agricultural terraces built into the hillside and a settlement above them which includes ritual baths, a temple and an impressive irrigation system. A number of observation platforms offer excellent views.
Most people visit Phuyupatamarca on one of the many organised hiking tours of the Inca trail and several tours camp here overnight.