Machu Picchu Travel
Machu Picchu travel take you to a pre-Columbian 15th century Inca site.
It is located on a mountain rang above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. The altitude is 2,430 meters above sea level. It is well hidden, and was well protected.
It is in the southern hemisphere around 13 degrees south of the equator. Travel to Machu Picchu explores a place that is rich in history. It is frequently known as the Lost City of the Incas.
Machu Picchu was primarily built around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire.
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Many Archaeologists think Machu Picchu was constructed for the emperor Pachacuti (1438-1372). They believe the site was selected due to the location to the sacred landscape such as the mountains (which are thought to be in alignment with key astronomical events).
These astronomical events were important to the Incas. Some think it was a sacred religious site.
In 1572 it was abandoned as an after effect of the Spanish Conquest of the Incas. It is believed many of the occupants died from smallpox introduced by travelers before the Spanish conquistadors.
It is interesting to note that there is no record of the Spanish visiting the city of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is built in classic Inca style with polished stone walls. It has three primary buildings. They are: the Temple of the Sun, The room of the Three Windows and Intihuatana.
Machu Picchu travel will teach that this wonderful landmark was brought to international attention by Hiram Bingham. It has been a key tourist attraction since then. It has been voted at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide international poll.
As with any trip to a popular vacation place make sure you check different travel companies to choose the best deals.
Visitors typically leave from Cuzco on a day trip or in Aguas Calientes. When you choose your time to visit, consider striving to avoid the crowds and the beating sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
There are three ways to get to Machu Picchu. You can go by foot on a multi day Inca Trail trek, or walk, or take a bus from Aguas Calientes.
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