Sunday, June 1, 2014

Machu Picchu

We visited the historic site of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is situated on a ridge in the mountainous Urubamba Valley amidst dense vegetation and sheer slopes. The views over the ruins and valleys are absolutely marvellous and the feat of engineering required to build the estate is mind-boggling.

The steep slopes of the Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu comes from the the Quechua words machu which means 'old' and pikchu which means 'pyramid', 'mountain' or 'peak'. It is a 15th century Inca site which was built for the Inca emperor Pachacutec, who united the Inca Empire under the common language of Quechua.

Arriving in Machu Picchu on a beautiful, clear day

Spectacular view over the ruins of Machu Picchu

We wandered around the amazing terraced structures and saw the guard house, main gate, houses, pathways, drainage systems, temples, ceremonial rocks and various other important sites.

Selfie :)

Dwellings around the main square with Huayna Picchu in the background

Terraced farms leading up to the Guard House

Residential and temple sectors

Tourist-friendly llamas wandering around Machu Picchu!

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