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Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century for the Inca civilization and later mysteriously abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery. Machu Picchu is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of how they originally appeared. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored and restoration continues.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.
Machu Picchu Tours
Machu Picchu and the Inca city of Cusco are the most popular vacation destinations in Peru, with a combination of Inca & Spanish culture and architecture too. This beautiful city is also the departure point for visiting the sensational Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Visit the dramatic complex at your own pace, strolling and exploring the sacred grounds, feeling the ...
This is an extraordinary 2-day tour in the magnificent Machu Picchu Sanctuary, with an overnight in Aguas Calientes. The tour is recommended for people who want to relax in Aguas Calientes the day before and then enjoy walking and visiting Machu Picchu the next day with an early rise. Come see the sunrise over the splendid sanctuary built by the powerful Inca Empire.
This is a wonderful full-day visit of the Machu Picchu complex, one of the "Seven Wonders of the World". You will enjoy a professional-guided tour of this mysterious place, once lost in time. Machu Picchu was built in a difficult & unreachable location enhancing its beauty over any other archaeological site in the world. Come and bask in its mystery and feel the energy ...