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Cuzco’s Temple of the Moon Brings Calm

At Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Andean Terraces (Walter Coraza Morveli)

If you have worries or lots of problems or maybe just unsatisfied with what you are doing you should visit the Temple of the Moon here in Cuzco. It is the place that is indicated for you to go to find peace and solutions while meditating.

It is ten minutes from downtown Cuzco. It is on the path to the fabulous and really extraordinary Saqsayhuaman. How can you get to this place? It is very easy now. In the main square of the city you will find various yellow busses that will take you up to Saqsayhuaman. The cost for this type of outing is only 20/S (about $7).

Going Up to the Temple of the Moon by the Qhapac Ñan Road (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Going Up to the Temple of the Moon by the Qhapac Ñan Road (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Many people got o the Temple of the Moon in order to practice sports such as boxing and complete martial arts. These days, if you visit, you can train freely. After your exercise you can bathe in the refreshing pools of water nearby that have formed in the stream thanks to our rains.

Taking a Rest by the Temple pf the Moon (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Taking a Rest by the Temple pf the Moon (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Besides that, you will find a surprising place and will be fascinated. You will also have the opportunity of learning about the history of the Miscahuara River. From the highest mountains emanates its waters in a crystalline color and they rush down the hill. On Saturdays and Sundays people who live close to the river tend to go on an outing to it and take advantage of the flowing water to wash their clothes and to prepare some delicious food, such as a delicious huatia for example.

A Landscape of the Temple of the Moon (Walter Coraza Morveli)
A Landscape of the Temple of the Moon (Walter Coraza Morveli)

If you hang around the Temple you will see a ceremonial altar where out ancestors carried out their extraordinary ceremonies. If you enter the place you will also have another surprise. Just a few steps before entering you will find a serpent carved in rock. It represents the earthly world, the world of the dead. Then you will see a condor carved in the rock which represents the world of the heavens.

If you are visiting the city of Cuzco do not miss the fabulous Temple of the Moon. As soon as you arrive you will want to see it and stay there for some time just to take the place in. It is amazing and calming.

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