Templo de las Vírgenes

Lake Titicaca

The ruins of an Inca nunnery and temple dedicated to the Virgins of the Sun ­– also known as Ajlla Wasi or Iñak Uyu – occupy an amphitheater-like valley on the northeast shore where most ferries drop you. It’s constructed of well-worked stone set in adobe mortar and was likely initially built by the Tiwanaku.

Half of the site has been reconstructed.

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