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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

Tampu Mach'ay (Quechua tampu inn, guest house, mach'ay cave,[1][2] "guest house cave", also spelled Tambo Mach'ay, Tambomachay, Tambomach'ay, Tampumachay, Tanpumachay, where machay means "drunkenness", "to get drunk" or "a spindle packed with thread")[1][2] 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. ^ a b Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  2. ^ a b Diccionario Quechua - Español - Quechua, Academía Mayor de la Lengua Quechua, Gobierno Regional Cusco, Cusco 2005 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  3. ^ Kaufmann, H. W. & J. E (2006). Fortifications of the Incas: 1200-1531. Osprey Publishing. p. 37. 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