The Whole Picture: Caretaker’s Hut at Machu Picchu

| June 22, 2011 | 3 Comments
caretakershutmachupicchu The Whole Picture: Caretakers Hut at Machu Picchu

The Caretaker's Hut.

On the funerary plain, overlooking Machu Picchu, stands the Caretaker’s Hut. The hut is one of the few structures in Machu Picchu that has a thatched roof. Open on one side—with three windows looking out to the Urubamba valley below—this is one of the best places in Machu Picchu to get the classic photo of the Lost City of the Incas—and Huayna Picchu looming above! The Caretaker’s Hut is one of the few buildings which has been restored with a thatched roof. As explained to us, the ceremonial rock terrace may have been used to mummify the nobility and explains the hut’s name. Not far from the Hut is a perennial spring that served as the domestic water supply for the Inca residents of Machu Picchu.

Inspired by publications like Life Magazine, National Geographic and online experiences like’s photo blog, images marked as ‘The Whole Picture’  are intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery. Kathryn and Daniel will post ‘The Whole Pictureirregularly.  Like all of our photos, it is an original  not otherwise on the site—it might be fresh from our camera, a new scan of some old film, a product of our fooling around with Photoshop, or a file from an archive that we haven’t posted yet.

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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  1. Meg says:

    This photo is amazing! Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sarah says:

    I really love this photo. It’s so rare to be able to find a different perspective on a well known tourist site. Beautiful shot.

  3. Kirk says:

    Wonderful photo! Wow it was used as a possible place for mummification.

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