Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca ruin located atop the Andes Mountains in Peru. The site is made up of approximately 200 stone buildings that float over 2,000 meters above sea level, deep in the surrounding mountains.
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Machu Picchu not only has major historical significance, given that it is one of the only major Incan sites that wasn't destroyed during the Spanish Conquest, but it also happens to sit on what is perhaps the most beautiful plot of land that any intact ruins stand today. This intersection of historical importance and indescribable natural beauty creates one of the top places in the world to visit today.
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Wayna Picchu View Over Machu Picchu
#1 Machu Picchu Photo - Brad Harbach
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Machu Picchu View Through The Sun Gate
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Early Morning Fog over Machu Picchu
#3 Machu Picchu Photo - Brad Harbach
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Machu Picchu From The Heavens
#4 Machu Picchu Photo - Brad Harbach
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Inka Trail
#5 Machu Picchu Photo - Rachel Winckler
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Quick Facts & History

  • Often referred to as the 'Lost City of the Incas', this well-preserved ancient city in Peru is located 7000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.
  • Machu Picchu contains approximately 200 buildings including houses, baths, temples and sanctuaries.
  • The most popular way to travel to Machu Picchu is the Inca Trail, a four day hike that takes you as high as 4,214 meters (13,285 feet), taking you along some sections of original Inca stone paths.
  • The area has over 100 different flights of stairs. Each staircase was individually carved from its own slab of stone.
  • The Incas used a very unique and skilled technique in the construction process called ashlar in which stones are carved to fit so perfectly that mortar is not even used. Their accuracy was so acute that not even a knife blade can fit between two stones.

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Wayna Picchu View Over Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu View Through The Sun...
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Early Morning Fog over Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu From The Heavens
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Inka Trail
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3D Laser Scan of Machu Picchu

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No visit to Peru would be complete without spending some time exploring the most famous ancient ruin and what many would consider to be one of the top ten wonders of the world that you should see before you die Ė Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is an old Inca city located around 50 miles outside of Cusco and it is famous not only because of itís massive size and surrounding natural beauty (as you will surely see in all of our pictures) but because it is one of the few Inca cities that was not plundered by the Spaniards during their conquest of the Incas in the 1500ís. There are over 400,000 ...  read more
Submitted By: Brad Harbach
Submitted On: Apr 30, 2012
With Inca Trail passes filling up 3 months in advance (sometimes even faster during peak travel months) the last-minute Peru trekker can find themselves wondering what their options are when thereís not a trail pass to be found. Well, donít fret, there are alternatives, and I am pleased to say they are excellent....  read more
Submitted By: Brad Harbach
Submitted On: Jul 10, 2013

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Early Morning Fog over Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu From The Heavens

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Inka Trail


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