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Temple of the Moon of Huayna Picchu
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Temple of the Moon in the Huayna Picchu

The Inca city of Machu Picchu was built in the middle of a cloud forest, around the 15th century. This ancient Inca city, houses some of the most incredible structures that exist, but it is not only the Temple of the 3 windows, or the Intihuatana; If you decide to ascend the Huayna Picchu Mountain you will see the amazing Temple of the Moon, “the hidden jewel of Machu Picchu”. This construction inside a natural cave, is one of the most amazing structures of the Sanctuary. If you are reading this, you may want to check the availability of tickets to Machu Picchu, because if you want to know the amazing Temple of the Moon, you must have the Boleto Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu.

The Temple of the Moon

As already mentioned, it is one of the most incredible constructions inside the Historic and Natural Sanctuary of Machu Picchu; Is built inside a natural cave very near the top of the Huayna Picchu Mountain ; Must have been very important, since the Incas had admiration for these cavities, since they believed that it could connect them with the world of the dead. However, after 500 years of the discovery of the Inca city, there is still no clear idea of what was the Temple of the Moon, since there are no related records; Is another of the great mysteries of the Inca City. This enigmatic structure is also known as the great cavern; Is formed by 2 natural caves, Terraces and other lithic structures that supposedly were carved by hand. You may be interested to know about the mystery of the Stone Molding of Machu Picchu.

Templo de la Luna - Machu Picchu
Templo de la Luna – Machu Pichhu

The first cave is underneath a huge rock, the stones of its walls are fitted with incredible precision. The second cave, has niches and a building built more rudimentary; A trapezoidal door (classic) connects the two caves. Many archaeologists and historians believe that it was built as a royal tomb, a place of worship and watchtower. However, others believe that it may have been a site of ritual sacrifice, because it is beautiful, with niches and typically designed niches. This can be explained by a rock carved in the shape of an altar; This would not be rare, since the Incas had a ritual called Capacocha, in this, sacrificed children and adolescents to calm their gods.

Who gave the name to the Temple of the Moon?

The name “TEMPLE OF THE MOON” was given by Hiram Bingham during the re-discovery of Machu Picchu. It has no archaeological support, however it has become popular among archaeologists, guides and visitors. In any case, the Temple of the Moon in Huayna Picchu is impressive.

How to get to the Temple of the Moon?

You can only reach the Temple of the Moon with the Boleto Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu. There are only 400 tickets per day. If you have already crossed the Stairs of Death, you will only have to cross a small path to reach the Temple of the Moon. Keep in mind hiking shoes since the road can be slippery in certain places.

Details of the walk to the Temple of the Moon

The walk to the Temple of the Moon is breathtaking, you cross the stairs of death and other footpaths alongside huge cliffs; Not suitable for people afraid of heights. To climb the mountain you do not need a great physical, you only need to want to see Machu Picchu from above. Remember that only people over 12 years old can climb this mountain.


Only 400 people can enter Huayna Picchu every day, they will enter into two groups:

  • Boleto Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Group 1, entrance from 07:00 hrs. – 8:00 a.m.
  • Boleto Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Group 2, entrance from 10:00 hrs. – 11:00 a.m.

We recommend you book the Huayna Picchu Group 2 ticket, especially if you plan to come in rainy season, as Machu Picchu dawns cloud cover, but these dissipate with the passing hours.


Advice from people who have been there

Temple of the Moon

Marcelo KBy: Marcelo K

“Absolutely incredible“

“Incredible stone building, one above another, in a cave in the middle of the mountain. It is a very spiritual place.“

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 22-04-2017