Machu Picchu

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machu picchu

Showcasing the pinnacle of the Inca Empire

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, is the stunning and enigmatic Machu Picchu.

A marvel of the ancient Inca civilisation dating back to circa 1400, Machu Picchu is one of the most important archeological sites of the world.

Machu Picchu stands around 8,000 feet above the sea level, hidden in the middle of a tropical mountain forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes.

Discovered as recently as 1911, this wonder of the world is shrouded in mystery as no one knows the purpose of this structure or why it was abandoned approximately 100 years after its construction.

With over 2,000 tourists visiting this landmark site each day it is clear that Machu Picchu still manages to enthrall those who undertake the breathtaking hike to reach its remote location.

Spread over five square miles, World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu is a diminutive yet exquisite city constructed by flawlessly carved dry stones fit together without mortar. Palaces, baths and approximately 150 houses are contained within Machu Picchu along with three distinguishing temples at the site; the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of Three Windows.

These temples are thought to be ritual sites for Intli, the sun god which Incas worshipped and revered fervently.

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