Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Main View of Machu Picchu, Truly Amazing
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Machu Picchu is a pre-Spanish, Inca civilization site located almost 8,000 feet above sea level. The site is located on a mountain ridge above the valley of Urubamba in Peru. The city is also called the “City of the Incas”. Machu Picchu is perhaps the most well known places affiliated with the Inca civilization.

Machu Picchu was built around 1450 for the Inca emperor Pachacuti, but was abandoned only 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish. Although the city was known by the local inhabitants, it was not given global attention until 1911, when the American historian, Hiram Bingham, announced its presence to the scholar community. During his ensuing excavation, hundreds of artifacts were taken from the ruins and sent to Yale University of study. Recent discoveries also show that the site may have been visited by various other foreigners before Bingham, at which point even more artifacts were taken. The site was labeled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.

Traveling to Machu Picchu

The site as built in typical Inca style with dry stone polished walls and its most famous buildings are “The Temple of Sun” and “The Room of Three Windows.” It is located 80 kilometers northwest of Cusco and sits between two mountains. From Cusco, a train to Aguas Calientes, and then a bus ride up to the mountain will take you to actual site.

Machu Picchu is one of the top archeological sites in the world. It is also one of Peru’s most popular and lucrative tourist sites, bringing in 400,000 foreigners in 2000. With the number of tourists growing each year, preservation of the site has become a huge concern, with UNESCO considering adding it to their list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. In an effort to reduce traffic related damage, various restrictions have been placed on the number of people admitted to the site each day.

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41 thoughts on “Machu Picchu

  1. Sonya

    Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing places on the earth and is that much better after having spent four days walking there on the Inca Trail, whether you choose the Classic Inca Trail or the Original (Royal) Inca Trail

  2. rebbeca parson

    Yes i just wanted to say was that i love the pictures! And that was all okey then thank you so much for letting me search up this website

    Sincerly,
    Rebbeca Parson

  3. shannon paxton

    Hello,
    i wannted to say WOW.. i love all the pictures you all made they are really buuetifull!

  4. shannon paxton

    Hello how are you doing today all i wanted to say was is Machu Pichu still alive?

  5. aWesOme PEepS

    Wow, these are just amazing. BUt i went this summer, and it was wayyyy better in live person than any of these pics. I got to go into the Temple of the Sun, and The Room of the Three Windows with special permission… my husband is an archeologist working there….:)

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  7. Daniel Tan

    Machu Picchu is located at the deep mountains of Andes in Peru.I love this place,the beautiful view of the ancient Inca ruins,it must be the first place that you must go in your life!

  8. Jay-Gee

    can u put up a picture of Machu Pichhu but one that is labled with the parts of it?

  9. Leo johnson

    How could they construct a city this high in the mountains 5000 years ago,there are so many untold facts and truth,which I new?

  10. govind pathak

    its a very good place which i have seen still.
    its a wonder and we can say that its a heaven on the earth.

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