Machu Picchu | Peru

Machu Picchu is an ancient Incas city, which is built at an altitude of 2,430 meters in the Sierra Vilkabamba, on the left bank of a tributary of Vilkanota, Urubamba. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built for the Incas emperor Pachacuti, 1438-1472. Often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas and is perhaps the most famous image of their culture.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

The Incas built this city around 1450, but were forced to abandon it a century later, at the time of the Spanish conquest. Although it is known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before the discovery of the American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, attracting international attention. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Most of the buildings have been renovated, in order to give tourists a better idea of ​​how it really was. The restoration work continues to this day. In 1981, Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Monument and two years later a world heritage for UNESCO. In 2007 it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a global poll on the Internet.

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By Nicole P.

Machu Picchu photos: ShashiBellamkonda, Joao Solimeo, vivid_colors, Jim Richardson.

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