Machu Picchu

By: Geraldine Tenorio

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Most visited in Peru

Did you know that Machu Picchu is the most visited attraction in Peru? Machu Picchu means "old peak" or mountain in the Quecha Indian language. It's been around for many years and is 2,430 m above sea level. "The ruins lie on a high ridge, surrounded on three sides by the windy, turbulent Urubamba River," according to the article "Machu Picchu" in travel.nationalgeographic.com. To add to that Machu Picchu is important because of the treasures, background, accomplishments, and the architecture it holds. Within Machu Picchu lies part of the culture of the Incas, how they did things. It also teaches more about their ways of building structures and cities without modern technology. Finally it has also got many accomplishments it's time and is a very popular tourism attraction.
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The history

Machu Picchu's history is very interesting and many different events happening throughout the years. First it was built between the 15th and 16th century, which is about 500 years ago. Then it was abandoned around 100 years ago when the Spanish conquers started to conquest the Incas. Next, there were many cities built by the Incas that were destroyed but Machu Picchu wasn't because of its location, which covered it and didn't let it be seen from below. It stayed hidden for many years, only some natives knew about it. This all changed in 1911 when it was discovered by Hiram Bingham.

Architecture of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu's history is very interesting and many different events happening throughout the years. First it was built between the 15th and 16th century, which is about 500 years ago. Then it was abandoned around 100 years ago when the Spanish conquers started to conquest the Incas. Next, there were many cities built by the Incas that were destroyed but Machu Picchu wasn't because of its location, which covered it and didn't let it be seen from below. It stayed hidden for many years, only some natives knew about it. This all changed in 1911 when it was discovered by Hiram Bingham.
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Accomplishments

Going on Machu Picchu has had many accomplishments and has had books wrote about it throughout the years. To begin with Bingham was inspired after he found Machu Picchu and wrote about it in his book, "The Lost City of the Incas." After that in 1983 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then in 2007 it became one of the New Seven Wonders of the new world.

Altogether it can be said Machu Picchu is visited a lot today because of its background, treasures, and the accomplishments which are all of great importance. Machu has so much Incan history and different treasures like the Temple of the Sun and the Intihuatana stone which are two of its most known structures. It's also got so many accomplishments for its age. In conclusion, Machu Picchu stands to this day for anybody that wants to go see it and explore its importance.

Work cited


"Machu Picchu." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.


"Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu." - UNESCO World Heritage Centre. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2015.


Murphy, WWF Johanna. "Ten Interesting Facts about Machu Picchu." WorldWildlife.org. World Wildlife Fund, 29 Dec. 2010. Web. 29 Nov. 2015.


"Machu Picchu." National Geographic. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2015.