|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.
|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!|