Machu Picchu's Inca Terraces
Peru
The Inca architectural fingerprint was use of high
terraces for agriculture and many forms of construction.
This picture looks across a giant terrace towards the huts
which form the Machu Picchu entrance.
This is the same terrace, probably planted originally to grow
crops for Machu Picchu.  I saw very similar terraces still
being used for agriculture at traditional Inca villages which
follow the ways of their ancestors.
This terrace is climbed to reach the building at the very top,
the Caretaker's Hut.  From that summit the best scenic
pictures of Machu Picchu are taken, which you can see
Here .
The Machu Picchu plateau is supported by steep
Inca terraces on all sides.  The Central Plaza is on
the right in the picture above.  If you wish to visit
the buildings of this area, prepare for a great deal
of up and down climbing.  There are stairs.
This vantage point is below Machu Picchu on the
opposite side.  Inca terraces, clearly stonework, are
once again the dominant feature.  At the top are
buildings that can be entered from the Central Plaza.   
If you have a high speed internet connection, please watch
my free Peru video of this trip by clicking on:
The Inca Lost and Found