This 15th century Inca citadel in Cuzco is on a mountain ridge approximately 8000 ft above sea level. Macchu Picchu was undiscovered by the Spanish during their colonization of South America. American Historian Hiram Bingham put Macchu Picchu on the map in 1911. Macchu Picchu was mistakenly thought to be the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Vilcabamba, another city discovered in 1911 is thought to be the ‘Lost City of the Incas.’
A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983, also one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ by an internet poll in 2007. Abandoned only after 80 years of use, it remained unknown till the 20th century. Therefore, Macchu Picchu is a preserve of nature taking over man-made architecture. Thick vegetation surrounds the settlement, having built up over the centuries, and successfully hid the artefacts from defacement and plunder by the Spanish conquistadors (Gunpowder Cavalry), as they did at other sites of their conquest.
Now, Macchu Picchu is a well-known site, with an iconic picture that everyone can identify to be the mountainous settlement. This place should definitely be on your bucket list, and why not begin planning your trip to this wild city right away? To compare and get the cheapest flights to Cuzco, click here.
Macchu Picchu is a great example of Inca Architecture. Virtually untouched, the site offers a lot to people interested in the lives of the ancient Incas, and even the ones who wander all over the world for a beautiful landscape.
What to do once you are here?
Built high up in the Andes mountains, the historical preserve’s popularity results in millions of tourists visiting every year. The entire area of the site is over 13 km sq, with more than enough things to see.
The Sun Gate is a popular tourist site as an entry and exit point for inhabitants of the city.
Huayna Picchu is a worthwhile climb, though you’ll need a climbing permit, the view is breathtaking. You might even smile once you reach the top, seeing for the first time what you’ve seen in pictures everywhere.
The Incas were people who lived by the stars. The Temple of the Sun is an old observatory featuring on display the finest Inca architecture has to offer.
The Temple of Three Windows is part of what makes up the ‘Sacred Plaza’, a frame of three windows that line up with the facing mountains perfectly. Thought to be a representative of Inca mythology as the three children of the Sun on Earth.
The architecture of the Incas was remarkable. The stones used to build the structures were huge and weighed tons. We don’t know they were able to handle such huge weights, and a trip to the site actually helps one understand the intensity of such an accomplishment.
Macchu Picchu has so much to offer that you might not be able to finish your itinerary. Plan a trip to the Andes and visit Macchu Picchu, delving into the past well preserved in the form of one of the most beautiful locations in the world.
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