Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

This world renowned landmark is a fascinating ancient Inca estate located high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. I’d heard the name ‘Machu Picchu’ many times, but I didn’t have a mental picture associated with the name. All I knew was that it was in the mountains somewhere in the world. Yes, I’m always amazed at how much I don’t know and how much there is to learn.

As I was cruising Pixabay this past weekend, I saw the famous landmark and I immediately recognized the ancient ruins. When I saw the name, it was a big a-ha! Finally, the name and the place came together: Machu Picchu. I’ll be curious to see how many of you have a similar experience. 

Machu Picchu is at almost 8000 feet. When I look at the nature of the terrain as well as the altitude, I’m stunned at what was created around this extraordinary peak of the Andes. Like the rice terraces of Banaue, Machu Picchu is a feat of engineering. Some of the photos will show the steepness of the relatively small citadel. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a landmark or area recognized by the United Nations Educational Scientific Organization as having significance for humanity and therefore protected by international treaties.

Machu Picchu (Source):

  • Machu Picchu is an iconic representation of Incan civilization. Archaeologists believe it was created in the 1400s for the Inca Emperor Pachacuti.
  • When the Spaniards arrived in the 1500s, they never learned of the existence of Machu Picchu. One conjecture as to why is that the inhabitants may have died of small pox brought into Peru by the conquistadors.
  • For centuries, the world had no idea Machu Picchu even existed.
  • In 1911, an American historian, Hiram Bingham, was exploring the area in search of the old Inca capitol. A local farmer took him to the ruins which were covered in jungle growth. Bingham set about restoring the site.
  • There are approximately 200 buildings on the site on wide parallel terraces to allow for steep hillside construction.
  • Architecture: “The central buildings use the classical Inca architectural style of polished dry-stone walls of regular shape. The Incas were masters of this technique, called ashlar, in which blocks of stone are cut to fit together tightly without mortar.” (Source)

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28 thoughts on “Machu Picchu

  1. I can feel the altitude just looking at the amazing pictures. I recently saw a documentary about the Incas. (I love documentaries.) An ancient Incan mummy had been found. Through science and local knowledge they just about traced this whole girl’s life. What impressed me was the care and respect they showed.

  2. The pictures were great. I knew where it was, but have not taken the time to really look at the pictures before. Thanks for them.

  3. Wow! My son and his wife went with her father but I’ve not been as I am not great with heights. The pictures are astounding. I live in middle Georgia USA. Thanks for sharing.

    • Donna,
      Heights, I know! As I looked at the photos I kept thinking, wow, 8000 feet. So there was that. Then I kept thinking about the steepness of the location. How did they keep from slipping and falling to their deaths when they were working or constructing the terraces? How did they keep the children safe? Yes, I’m a bit of a worry-wort.

  4. I am trying to fathom how long it took to construct this. How many hours were put in by how many people? Their work has lasted longer than many things in modern day. Amazing.

    • Amy,
      Those tend to be my thoughts as well. Though much of the citadel has been re-built, I’m sure it took years to fashion all of the buildings in the first place. And at such a height!

  5. How I would love to hike all over this area.
    But, my ankle wouldn’t hold up.

    I wonder how much longer this civilization (that’s subjective) would have continued if the Spaniards hadn’t arrived?

    • Sandra,
      Do you know where my mind goes? I always wonder about our U.S. civilization. How long will it last? Will it be 500 years like the Roman Empire? Will it be shorter? Longer? Will another country rise up and invade ours? Of course, nukes have changed everything but I still wonder. Nothing is permanent in this world.

  6. I can remember studying the Inca’s in school. It’s amazing what they were able to establish in such a remote location without all the technology we have today.

    • Merrie,
      I had to include the lamas. They were so cute and somehow brought the place even more to life. They helped me picture the people who might have lived and worked there at one time.

  7. If I were able to travel, Machu Picchu would be one of the places I would love to see first hand. It’s fascinating reading or hearing about ancient sites, anywhere in the world. I am currently living in Fremont, Nebraska (about an hour northwest of Omaha).

  8. I would love to visit Machu Picchu! It’s definitely one of the places I’d love to travel to. When I was taking Spanish, we learned a little bit about Machu Picchu, and it’s all interesting, and I just love all the pictures of it!

  9. The pictures are really awesome! My boss visited Machu Picchu about two years ago and I did some research to prepare for the trip. I was really overwhelmed by the architectural feat of building a city on such heights.

    • Tamsyn,
      I had a similar reaction. The height overwhelmed me as well as the grade! You can tell from the photos the entire area is very steep. How did they do it, especially the terraced areas, without falling off the mountainside. Maybe they wore harnesses and were belted to stationery points.

  10. I was watching the show Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates just the other night and he was exploring Machu Picchu. They were saying that there are still many villages that they found old maps about, but have not yet found them. Most are so overgrown with jungle plants and that makes them impossible to find. When Josh agates went to find one of these lost cities, he came upon aInca city that they think was an unexplored one and found a ceremonial vase just sitting in a recess in one of the walls! It was awesome. Plus it so incredible how many roads they built and all leading to the main and biggest cities. The roads are still all mostly in great shape for their age. Great topic. I love history…I just received my Bachelors degree in history haha!

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