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For the archaeological site in the Huancavelica Region, Peru, see Tampu Mach'ay, Huancavelica.
Tampu Mach'ay
Location Peru
Region Cusco Region, Cusco Province,
Cusco District
Cultures Inca

Tambomachay (in hispanicized spelling), Tampu Mach'ay or Tampumach'ay (Quechua tampu inn, guest house, mach'ay cave,[1][2] "guest house cave", other hispanicized and mixed spellings Tambomach'ay, Tambo Mach'ay, Tampumachay, Tanpumachay) is an archaeological site associated with the Inca Empire, located near Cusco, Peru. An alternate Spanish name is El Baño del Inca ("the bath of the Inca").

It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks. The function of the site is uncertain: it may have served as a military outpost guarding the approaches to Cusco, as a spa resort for the Incan political elite, or both.[3]


  1. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary): tampu. - s. Posada. Mesón. mach'ay. - s. Caverna. (machay. - intr. Emborracharse. Embriagarse, ponerse beodo. / s. Huso repleto de hilo.)
  2. ^ Diccionario Quechua - Español - Quechua, Academía Mayor de la Lengua Quechua, Gobierno Regional Cusco, Cusco 2005 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary): Mach'ay - s. Cueva, caverna, glorieta, socavón, gruta natural o artificial. (Machay - v. Embriagarse, emborracharse. (English: "to get drunk"))
  3. ^ Kaufmann, H. W. & J. E (2006). Fortifications of the Incas: 1200-1531. Osprey Publishing. pp. p37. ISBN 1-84176-939-8. 

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Coordinates: 13°28′51″S 71°57′53″W / 13.48083°S 71.96472°W / -13.48083; -71.96472