Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Main View of Machu Picchu, Truly Amazing
Photo by: wikicommons, Creative Commons

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.

Pictures & Photos

39 responses to “Machu Picchu”

  1. geetharani says:

    send photo machu picchu.

  2. Iamcool says:

    cooooooooool!!!!!!! wwwoooooow!!!!!

  3. rahayu made says:

    what a wonderful place with a amazing history … jadi pengen kesana tapi kapan y ?????

  4. Sonya says:

    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

  5. rebbeca parson says:

    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

    Rebbeca Parson

  6. shannon paxton says:

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

  7. shannon paxton says:

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

  8. elremolino says:

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  10. prabu says:

    i like this place very much i would like to see this place very soon

  11. aWesOme PEepS says:

    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….:)

  12. Mr smart says:

    Looking cool and lovely

  13. nagendra new delhi says:

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  14. iftikhar says:

    i have keen intrest to see

  15. kyra says:

    love the PHOTOS! such great history!

  16. aniyah says:

    I will never live there or visit it look horrible

  17. ric says:

    that is cool

  18. anna love says:

    omg thats cool i wish i could go there

  19. orange says:

    i believe that u have very up to date knowledge of the all made they are really buuetifull!

  20. heath mcdanal says:

    wow i love the pics alot

  21. Daniel Tan says:

    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!

  22. Student says:

    These photos are really cool….

  23. Hi! The “View of the Residental Section of Machu Picchu” is not a photo by “wikipedia” but by me… Could you give me proper credits, as required by the CC-BY-SA license and stated on the following page please?

    *from admin* Sorry about that, attribution edited.

  24. student says:

    i love the incas

  25. Jay-Gee says:

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

  26. Jayson says:

    Madhu pacchu is lovely

  27. Supratik SEN says:

    Absolutely speechless. I want to go there!

  28. suzana says:

    Machu pichu is very beutiful,is one perfect!!

  29. mary says:

    wow cool I wish if i lived there

  30. MR. COOL says:

    wow cool I wish if i lived there

  31. MR. Nick says:

    Thats my house

  32. jenni says:

    that is amazing !!!!! 🙂

  33. Mehraneh says:

    I can’t wait to go there.You help me a lot.

  34. kassie says:

    soooooooooooo coooooooooollllllllllllll

  35. my dream place…. whenever i see this machu pichu i feel lyk something…something vry strange like i been there before….

  36. priyanka sarda says:

    Very beautiful place….its really wooowwwwww…

  37. larry says:

    i feel like wonderful and beautiful are understaments, in my eyes they are absolutely breathtaking

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