... Amazing view of the best-known archaeological site in South America... a real architectural jewel in a spectacular location... the main tourist attraction in Peru and one of the most famous manmade wonders worldwide... there is something mystical and magical about this place... I think visiting this site must be an overwhelming experience... Hééél Erg Bedankt Robert en Suzy!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is located in the rocky countryside of Cusco above the Sacred Valley. It is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16thC.
For hundreds of years, until the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911, the abandoned citadel’s existence was a secret known only to peasants living in the region.
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. The site stretches over an impressive 5-mile distance, featuring more than 3,000 stone steps that link its many different levels.
In the Quechua native language, “Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.”
Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.