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Machu Picchu, Ancient city in Peru

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 2,430-meter (7,970 ft) mountain ridge.

It was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca Empire and abandoned just over 100 years later, in 1572, because of the Spanish Conquest.

It is considered a masterpiece of architecture and a sacred place, representing the great creativity of the human being of that time.

It is currently the most visited tourist attraction in Peru and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Despite its location, the Spanish never found it; therefore, it was never plundered and destroyed as were many other Inca sites.

Location: Urubamba Province

Location: Cusco

Inception: 1450

Elevation above the sea: 2,430 m

Website: machupicchu.gob.pe

Source: Wikimedia

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Machu Picchu Ancient city in Peru

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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Ancient city in Peru
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Intihuatana, Urubamba Sundial in Peru

Peru 232 m
Intihuatana, Urubamba
Intihuatana, Urubamba Sundial in Peru
Peru 232 m
Montaña Huayna Picchu Mountain in Peru

Peru 713 m
Montaña Huayna Picchu
Montaña Huayna Picchu Mountain in Peru
Peru 713 m
Inca Bridge Bridge providing access to Machu Picchu in Peru

Peru 880 m
Inca Bridge
Inca Bridge Bridge providing access to Machu Picchu in Peru
Peru 880 m
Temple of the Moon Archaeological site in Peru

Peru 1.2 km
Temple of the Moon
Temple of the Moon Archaeological site in Peru
Peru 1.2 km
Intipuncu Archaeological site in Peru

Peru 1.5 km
Intipuncu
Intipuncu Archaeological site in Peru
Peru 1.5 km
Wiñay Wayna Archaeological site in Peru

Peru 3.5 km
Wiñay Wayna
Wiñay Wayna Archaeological site in Peru
Peru 3.5 km
Llaqtapata Archaeological site in Peru

Peru 4.6 km
Llaqtapata
Llaqtapata Archaeological site in Peru
Peru 4.6 km
Puyupatamarca Inca site in Peru

Peru 5.1 km
Puyupatamarca
Puyupatamarca Inca site in Peru
Peru 5.1 km
Sayacmarca Inca ruin in Peru

Peru 7.9 km
Sayacmarca
Sayacmarca Inca ruin in Peru
Peru 7.9 km
Cocalmayo Hot springs in Cusco

Peru 8.4 km
Cocalmayo
Cocalmayo Hot springs in Cusco
Peru 8.4 km
Runkuraqay Inca tambo in Peru

Peru 8.7 km
Runkuraqay
Runkuraqay Inca tambo in Peru
Peru 8.7 km
Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary Historic sanctuary in Peru

Peru 9.9 km
Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary
Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary Historic sanctuary in Peru
Peru 9.9 km
Padreyoc

Peru 14.8 km
Padreyoc
Peru 14.8 km
Patallaqta Inca archaeological site in Peru

Peru 15.1 km
Patallaqta
Patallaqta Inca archaeological site in Peru
Peru 15.1 km
Lucumayo River

Peru 16.4 km
Lucumayo River
Peru 16.4 km
Wamanmarka Archaeological site in Peru

Peru 16.7 km
Wamanmarka
Wamanmarka Archaeological site in Peru
Peru 16.7 km
Cusichaca River Ancient Incan irrigation in Peru

Peru 17.6 km
Cusichaca River
Cusichaca River Ancient Incan irrigation in Peru
Peru 17.6 km
Nevado Salkantay Mountain in Peru

Peru 18.9 km
Nevado Salkantay
Nevado Salkantay Mountain in Peru
Peru 18.9 km
Vilcabamba River

Peru 20.5 km
Vilcabamba River
Peru 20.5 km
Hatun Q'asa

Peru 22.8 km
Hatun Q'asa
Peru 22.8 km
Nevado Humantay Glacier in Peru

Peru 23.5 km
Nevado Humantay
Nevado Humantay Glacier in Peru
Peru 23.5 km
Willka Wiqi

Peru 23.7 km
Willka Wiqi
Peru 23.7 km
Mount Wayanay

Peru 25.4 km
Mount Wayanay
Peru 25.4 km
Choquequirao Regional Conservation Area Conservation area in Peru

Peru 26.9 km
Choquequirao Regional Conservation Area
Choquequirao Regional Conservation Area Conservation area in Peru
Peru 26.9 km
Pumasillo

Peru 31.1 km
Pumasillo
Peru 31.1 km
Saksarayuq

Peru 31.3 km
Saksarayuq
Peru 31.3 km
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hiking trail in Peru

Peru 32.4 km
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hiking trail in Peru
Peru 32.4 km
Pinkuylluna Incan granaries in Ollantaytambo

Peru 32.6 km
Pinkuylluna
Pinkuylluna Incan granaries in Ollantaytambo
Peru 32.6 km
Tarahuasi Inca site in Peru

Peru 36.1 km
Tarahuasi
Tarahuasi Inca site in Peru
Peru 36.1 km
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