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maryl loves Machu Picchu because It's stunning! Cuzco
pirate loves Machu Picchu because Incredible, but make sure to check out the rest of the Sacred Valley (Ollanta, Pisac)
markmccanna loves Machu Picchu because The history
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What is Machu Picchu
In the 15th century, the Incan Emperor Pachacútec built a city in the clouds on the mountain known as Machu Picchu ("old mountain"). This extraordinary settlement lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle and above the Urubamba River. It was probably abandoned by the Incas because of a smallpox outbreak and, after the Spanish defeated the Incan Empire, the city remained 'lost' for over three centuries. It was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.
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About Machu Picchu elsewhere
"Built by the Inca in a rugged, isolated, area of Peru, Machu Picchu was discovered by the scientific world when geographer Hiram Bingham reached it in 1911."
"Northwest is located the area that was probably used for the main religious purposes, that includes a Plaza named by Hiram Bingham as "Sacred Plaza", also the temple of the "Three Windows", "The Sacred Temple", the "Priests Mansion", and the "Intihuatana" that is a large block of limestone used during Inca ceremonies."
"In 1911 Yale University Professor Hiram Bingham, searching for the lost Inca capital of Vilcabamba, paid a Peruvian guide to lead him to a nearby ruin."
"On March 14 , 2006 ,the controversy was reignited in part by the Hartford Courant reporting that the wife of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo had accused Yale University of profiting from Peru's cultural heritage by claiming title to more than 250 museum-quality pieces that had been removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and had been on display at Yale's Peabody Museum ever since."
"Apart from a few indigenous Quechuas, nobody knew of Machu Picchu's existence until American historian Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911."
"No longer overgrown with brush, as it was when it was rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale archaeologist and historian Hiram Bingham with the aid of a local farmer who knew of its existence, from below it is still totally hidden from view."
"In 1911, an innkeeper from the Peruvian town of Aguas Calientes led Hiram Bingham on a scramble up a steep, jungle-tangled embankment to the extensive ruins of an Inca settlement that was named Machu Picchu for the neighboring mountain."
"Apart from a few indigenous Quechuas, nobody knew of Machu Picchu's existence until American historian Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911 while being guided around by locals."
"GAP charges overseas prices to operate the inca trail with the local price, actually only with the local payment your inca trail trip IS PAID!! I know this post will be deleted but i also know some will read it and think about this."
"After four days of trekking the Inca Trail, I had just reached a pass where I had my first view of Machu Picchu."
"Most trekking agencies run tour buses to the start of the Inca Trail near the village of Chilca at Piscacucho, aka Km 82 on the railway to Aguas Calientes."
"On foot : Hiking the Inca Trail is an alternative to get in and a great way to arrive as you first see the city through the Sun Gate (instead of arriving from beneath on the bus)."
"For many, a visit to the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail is the sweet cherry on the top of their Peruvian trip."
"Bingham returned in 1912 and 1915 to carry out the difficult task of clearing the thick forest, when he also discovered some of the ruins on the so-called Inca Trail."
"Open your eyes and there's the Amazon, the Inca Trail, ... buy it »."
"Nevermind the surroundings and all you can do from here like the Inca Trail, the Sacred Valley and all the ruins and awesome stonework in the area."
"Inca trail to Machu Picchu travel guide -The best resource for sights, hotels, restaurants, bars, what to do and what to see . . . . the travel guide you write."
"as redhead says many trek operators now offer a whole range of "alternative" treks for four days consider salkantay, lares or the "tropical inca trail" treks can be booked in cusco if you are happy to spend 2-3 days organising them."
"For those who are fit and like to exert themselves, it is well worth the effort of scrambling and climbing up the west flank of the mountain to reach them from Pisac village.....you can hike into the ruins along a spectacular Inca pathway, through gateways and tunnels, experiencing as you walk a crescendo of stunning views of the Valley and Mount Pachatusan, to the south, beyond the river...." Anyway, signalsilence, you may want to heed Goodtime Bob's advice and spend more time in and around Cuzco and not concentrate solely on "the" Inca Trail to Machu Picchu."
"If you're on a budget, or just adventurous, it's possible to hike up the railway tracks from Ollantaytambo or from the town known as 82km, where the Inca trail starts, this is about a seven hour hike (Note -hiking on the train tracks is prohibited)."
"The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected area of 32,592 hectares, managed by the National Institute of Natural Resources, INRENA."
"This site is a collection of links organized under the headings of Latin America, Peru, Andean Culture, The Inca, Maps, Background/History, Written Sources, Education/Research, The Inca Trail, General Narratives, Imagery, Video, and Art."
"When Bingham returned in 1912 and 1915, he also discovered some of the ruins on the so-called Inca Trail."
About Machu Picchu
apelsin from China wrote about Machu Picchu 4 years, 5 months ago
My expectations were mountain high (pun intended) when booking the trip to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu - "Old Peak" - is a tourist destination and thus on the beaten track. But still, it's a must-see wonder. The mysterious labyrinth of walls denies time and even modern science hasn't been able to agree on what was the citys place in Inca life.
Machu Picchu is also a city of clouds. There rarely are clear skies. But the sunrise is anyway worth experiencing if don't mind the cold and moist.
tomoxby replied 4 years ago:
I took the train from Cuzco through the jungles to this amazing city, the view which I will never forget. Our guide played traditional folk tunes such as El Conda Pasa made famous by Paul Simon with his flute, magical.
apelsin from China wrote about Machu Picchu 4 years, 5 months ago
In terms of transportation Machu Picchu is a distant destination and it takes some effort to get in. Luckilly the price levels in Peru are very reasonable in general and especially now because USD is getting stronger in relation to Peruvian soles.
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