With impressive hydraulic architecture, Tambomachay is a special place where water was worshipped. It has beautiful fountains, canals, and Inca terraces. Its name is complex. Tambo means a place of rest. Machay means a cave. The place is found between two hills and by its side passes a small river that enlivens the landscape.
Today, Tambomachay is commonly called The Baños del Inca, or Inca Baths. To the side of the complex, among the trees, there is a small town of the same name which almost nobody knows. The place is fascinating because of the adobe construction of its houses and their fields for farming. The people of the place tend to come down to the Inca site to sell handicrafts.
They say Tambomachay was on the way to the Qhapaq Ñan, the great Inca Highway. Near it passed this important road that brought all the towns of Tawantinsuyo, the Inca Empire, into communication.
It is only twenty minutes from the city of Cuzco. While it forms part of the City Tour, you can also get there on the buses of the Señor del Huerto bus company. It will leave you right at the doors of the archeological complex. For the people of Cuzco entrance is free if you have your identity card that we call DNI.
The City Tour is one of the classic routes for tourists and involves visits to the major archeological sides around the city including the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. For this, if you are not a Cusqueño, you need your tourist ticket. The tour lasts for approximately five hours. It generally begins at two in the afternoon and you can Access it from any of the authorized tourist agencies around the Main Square, the Plaza de Armas.
Cuzco has many wonders to visit and explore. While you are in Cuzco you can sign up with one of the tours or just grab your daypack and begin an adventure.