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Temple of the Moon and Sun

This site is called the Temple of the Moon and Sun, named after the two prominent buildings found there. It was built by the Moche, a Pre-Incan culture that was in power during the years 0-800 A.D., and is considered to be the capital of the Moche Empire. The temple of the sun was used for political and administrative purposes, and is the tallest adobe structure found in the Americas. Its counterpart, the temple of the moon, is found on the side of the cerro blanco, or white mountain. Temple of the moon was used for religious purposes, and is currently being restored and excavated. There are many reliefs and carvings found in the temple of the moon.

All of these pictures were taken from the Temple of the Moon. The Temple of the Sun can be seen in the distance.

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Temple del Arco Iris

Also known as the rainbow temple, Huacas del Arco Iris is a Chimu temple that has many carvings of what appear to be rainbows.

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Kenko

Kenko is the site of an Incan temple outside of Cusco. It is known for the large sacrificial altar in its underground cavern. It is nearby to Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. There are stairs and other features that are carved out of one large stone in the middle of the site versus being built out of individual blocks.

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Tambomachay

Tambomachay is an Incan archaeological site that is also known as the water temple due to the many aqueducts and canals that run through the terraced rock of the surrounding hills.

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Raqchi (Temple of Wiracocha God)

Raqchi is a site near Cusco and houses the Temple of the Wiracocha God. The temple is massive and is about 300 feet long. The foundation for the wall is over 10 feet high. There are the remains of the foundations of 11 pillars on each side of the wall, and there are ruins of living quarters around the rest of the site.