intipata is a checkpoint where different agricultural products such as potatoes, corn, oca, quinoa and even the famous coca leaf were cultivated on the terraces.

intipata - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
View from intipata - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Its name comes from two Quechua words 'Inti' and 'Pata': the first one means 'Sun' while the second one means 'Place or terrace'. In other words, its name means 'Place of the sun' or 'Terrace of the sun'.

Because of its location on top of a mountain, it also served as a control and surveillance post. It is located between the archaeological sites of Wi├▒ayhuayna and Intipunku, at 2,840 meters above sea level. It stands out for the immense set of agricultural terraces located on the mountainside.

intipata on Google Map

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