One of the most photogenic spots at Machu Picchu can be experienced
by hiking to the Funerary Rock Hut. Believed to be the place
where Incan nobility were mummified, this vantage point offers a dramatic
view of the whole complex.
At the end of the day a small herd of llamas
and alpacas enter Machu Picchu
from the terraces near the Funerary Rock Hut and graze on the grass,
keeping it efficiently mowed. From here you can also see the start
of the Inca Trail, a well
developed road that connects Cusco with Machu Picchu.
The hike up the long rigid stairs that lead to the Funerary Rock Hut
is tiresome but well worth the effort. Many people choose to hike
this arduous trail to the hut and are rewarded by spectacular views
that will not soon be forgotten.
From the here you can trek back down the stairs and enter the Royal
Tomb, where Incan Kings were mummified.