Alan Matthew

Marcahuasi/ Markawasi Plateau

Markawasi - Marcahuasi is a magical plateau that exists high in the Peruvian Andes. It is place that time seems to have forgotten and a place I have returned to repeatedly since first discovering it 21 years ago. At an approximate altitude of 13,000 feet the sky seems to caress you and the silence can be truly amazing. On Markawasi there are ancient structures built by a pre-Incan civilization including burial huts ripe with skulls and bones. Marcahuasi is a wonderful place for camping, trekking, exploring and soul searching.

Standing on the Healing Cross looking South over Laguna Cachu Cachu. The Fortaleza is in the background. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Laguna Cachu Cachu in the dry season. Compare this to the preceeding photo. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
This photo embodies the feeling one has when staying on the Markawasi - Marcahuasi Plateau. I use this photo as a screen saver. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
This photo was taken during the wettest year in the last 20 years. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
I first visited Marcahuasi - Markawasi in 1987 and there were human bones in the Chulpas. Today the bones are gone and I am sad to say one can find Graffiti. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
This photo was taken during Easter week and over 1,000 people were camping on Markawasi - Marcahuasi . Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
The Sacrificial Alter is on a steep slope on the side of the Plateau. It can be very dangerous to climb down to in the wet season. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Standing at the entrance to the Markawasi-Marcahausi Plateau loking down at the village of San Pedro de Casta. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
Wide angle view looking South over the Markawasi-Marcahuasi Plateau. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Wide angle view South and West over the Markawasi-Marcahausi Plateau. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
     
  
View of the Fortaleza showing the African Queen on the left and the Ghost Face on the right. Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Markawasi / Marcahuasi, Peru.
  
Marcahuasi / Markawasi, Peru
     
  
Marcahuasi/ Markawasi, Peru