"The Fountain or Aqueduct" Machu Picchu Things to Do Tip by Paul2001

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  The Water Fountains
by Paul2001
 
 

Call it a fountain or call it an aqueduct, this stream of water flowing from step to step is one of the more tranquil spots in Machu Picchu. Just what the pools of water were used for is not exactly known. They could have been ceremonial baths. The stream could have been used for irrigation for the nearby terraces. These fountains were fed by underground water and were part of canal most of which is now dried up. The first three fountains are very well decorated which may suggest a more religious purpose. The fountains pictured here are also located very near the Temple of the Sun and the Royal Palaces.

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  • Written Feb 19, 2005
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