Great Cave/Moon Temple

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Great Cave/Moon Temple - looking out of Moon Temple
Great Cave/Moon Temple - my 'sofa' in Moon Temple
Great Cave/Moon Temple - Moon Temple in Great Cave
Great Cave/Moon Temple - hiking down to Moon Temple
Great Cave/Moon Temple - Hiking trail railings
Great Cave/Moon Temple - hiking view towards Machu Picchu
Great Cave/Moon Temple - going down under a big rock

Great Cave/Moon Temple Machu Picchu Reviews

alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
244 reviews
lots of steps - bring lots of water Nov 23, 2008
This trail branches off from the Huayna Picchu Trail and adds another 1-2 hours of hiking. The hike descends into the jungle and then back up the mountain and then back down. The Temple of the Moon was built in a natural cave. The stones fit together to form rooms with doors and windows – only they are blocked, maybe not really rooms. A large stone has been carved into a place to sit, perfect for resting after the long hike.

There is another, smaller cave slightly farther down. There is supposed to be a trail that comes off the back side of Huayna Picchu but we couldn’t find it. The trail we took that branched off the main trail is longer than this hidden trail.

Make sure you have enough water here because it is warmer and stickier in this lower elevation. It’s also a good idea to have eaten before you do this hike and the Huayna Picchu hike. This temple was really neat to see even though it was a lot of work hiking this trail immediately after Huayna Picchu without water or food.
Moon Temple in Great Cave
looking out of Moon Temple
my "sofa" in Moon Temple
hiking view towards Machu Picchu
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