Machu Picchu

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  • artist : Jennifer Hitchcock © Some rights reserved.
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  • Location : Machupicchu, Peru (Google Earth 3D View)
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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu (“Old Peak”) is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2430 m above sea level. Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, hich is 80 km northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. The Incas started building the “estate” around AD 1400, but abandoned it as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Most of the outlying buildings have …   New Seven Wonders of the World   Wikipedia
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One of the best views of Macchu Picchu is from the little used trail that goes up the back side.

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Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire

all the photos by Jennifer Hitchcock

These photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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4 thoughts on “Machu Picchu

  1. I have read so much about Machu Picchu.
    I majored in Philosophy, and I am fascinated with the mysticism that surrounds this place.
    Seeing your photos, I understand why.
    Wish I could go there….but I don’t think it is going to happen in this lifetime.
    Maybe in the next?

    • Though the Temple is located in a high mountain, the access of the tourists is developed.
      We are overwhelmed by many tourists, and I think that it is difficult to indulge in mysticism.
      Those Machu Picchu’s photos were photographed early in the morning, and the atmosphere
      of the site are described very well. When I think about Andes or Aztec civilization, I am
      surprised at advanced architectural technical skill and accurate calendars. And I think
      about the Spanish conquest, the outbreak of the contagious disease, and the custom of the
      human sacrifice.
      Plan to visit the site in this lifetime, Mary.

    • Hi, Minqan. I have explored the ruins of the Maya civilization for three months. Chichen Itza (Mexico) and Tikal (Guatemala)
      are the representative buildings. But, I was not able to go to South America for the Nicaraguan Civil War. It is my old story.
      I am looking forward to your visiting ruins of the Inca civilization.

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