Machu Picchu (2 of 6)

Both the interior of the site and its surroundings are extensively terraced. The terraces had a double function: they made agriculture possible, and they helped to reduce the effects of erosion that might otherwise have quickly destroyed the city.

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View towards the Urabamba
Terracing and construction at Machu Picchu [48K]

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Agricultural terracing
Terracing on a steep slope above the main site [47K]

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Interior terraces
Terraces and walls inside the site [78K]

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