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"The Young Mountain"


Huayna Picchu
Photograph of Huayna Picchu which means "The Young Mountain" or "The Young Peak" in Quechua, the native language of the Incas.  The majestic peak of Huayna Picchu rises over Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas" and is often erroneously called Machu Picchu.  Machu Picchu refers to the smaller mountain on which the famous ruins are located.  One can climb to the top of Huayna Picchu on a trail that was built by the Incas.  Near the top of Huayna Picchu there are Inca temples and terraces. The elevation of the peak of Huayna Picchu is approximately 2,700 meters (8,900 feet) above sea level, and approximately 360 meters (1,200 ft) higher than Machu Picchu itself.  The area in the center of the image is referred to as the "Quarry" due to the fact that various pieces of granite rock from this area were in the process of being carved for use in the various buildings in this Inca citadel.  When arriving at Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail, this is the view that hikers first see. 

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