Terraces at Tipon
Tipon is located south of Cusco and is an archeological complex where water runs by carved stone canals of Inca origin. It is not only and example of the knowledge in hydraulic engineering developed by the Incas, but it is also a lovely place with a fantastic system of terraces.
At Tipon, the valley has been made into terraces on three sides
At Tipon, the valley has been made into terraces on three sides

At Tipon, the valley has been made into terraces on three sides
This area, recently restored, is high above the plains and is over 13,000 feet in elevation
This area, recently restored, is high above the plains and is over 13,000 feet in elevation

This area, recently restored, is high above the plains and is over 13,000 feet in elevation
Our guide today, Juan Senior, explains to Carole about the importance of the terraces
Our guide today, Juan Senior, explains to Carole about the importance of the terraces

Our guide today, Juan Senior, explains to Carole about the importance of the terraces
On the right side of the terraces you can see a finely carved canal that is able to be blocked off at any point for irrigation
On the right side of the terraces you can see a finely carved canal that is able to be blocked off at any point for irrigation

On the right side of the terraces you can see a finely carved canal that is able to be blocked off at any point for irrigation
On the far side of the terraces near the top are restored storehouses
On the far side of the terraces near the top are restored storehouses

On the far side of the terraces near the top are restored storehouses
Because of the walls on three sides, each level created a microclimate that preserved humidity and temperature
Because of the walls on three sides, each level created a microclimate that preserved humidity and temperature

Because of the walls on three sides, each level created a microclimate that preserved humidity and temperature
The obligatory couple by the native tree and terraces picture
The obligatory couple by the native tree and terraces picture

The obligatory couple by the native tree and terraces picture
Carole stands by the national tree of Peru
Carole stands by the national tree of Peru

Carole stands by the national tree of Peru
Near the top of the site the water comes out of a continuous spring in four channels
Near the top of the site the water comes out of a continuous spring in four channels

Near the top of the site the water comes out of a continuous spring in four channels
Just above the water is in two channels and from there there is a single channel coming right out of the mountain
Just above the water is in two channels and from there there is a single channel coming right out of the mountain

Just above the water is in two channels and from there there is a single channel coming right out of the mountain
The waterfalls and general site was one of the most beautiful areas we visited
The waterfalls and general site was one of the most beautiful areas we visited

The waterfalls and general site was one of the most beautiful areas we visited
Carole stands in front of one of the restored storehouses
Carole stands in front of one of the restored storehouses

Carole stands in front of one of the restored storehouses
Incas had storehouses all over the Empire and each contained food, clothing and weapons
Incas had storehouses all over the Empire and each contained food, clothing and weapons

Incas had storehouses all over the Empire and each contained food, clothing and weapons
There were enough supplies in these storehouses to feed and clothe all the Incas for years
There were enough supplies in these storehouses to feed and clothe all the Incas for years

There were enough supplies in these storehouses to feed and clothe all the Incas for years
Juan Sr and I enjoy the view
Juan Sr and I enjoy the view

Juan Sr and I enjoy the view
This site fullfilled the Inca tradition of simplicity,  symmetry and solidity
This site fullfilled the Inca tradition of simplicity, symmetry and solidity

This site fullfilled the Inca tradition of simplicity, symmetry and solidity
At the bottom of the terraces the water was a raging torrent
At the bottom of the terraces the water was a raging torrent

At the bottom of the terraces the water was a raging torrent
The road to and from this site was very narrow, bumpy and scary
The road to and from this site was very narrow, bumpy and scary

The road to and from this site was very narrow, bumpy and scary
A shepherd tends his flock below
A shepherd tends his flock below

A shepherd tends his flock below