Machu Picchu

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machu Picchus history

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Peru, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a sacred religious site for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years, until the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911, the abandoned citadel’s existence was a secret known only to peasants living in the region. The site stretches over an impressive 5-mile distance, featuring more than 3,000 stone steps that link its many different levels. Today, hundreds of thousands of people tramp through Machu Picchu every year, braving crowds and landslides to see the sun set over its towering stone monuments and marvel at the mysterious splendor of one of the world’s most famous man made wonders.

sites to see in miachu picchus culture

  • temple of condor
  • temple of the three windows
  • the ruins of the intiata
  • inca bridge
  • moon temple
  • the sacred rock