From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the archaeological site in the Huancavelica Region, Peru, see Tampu Mach'ay, Huancavelica.
Tampu Mach'ay
Tambomachay, Cuzco, Perú, 2015-07-31, DD 89.JPG
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. 

External links[edit]

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