Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Ancient History

Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world.

Machu means ancient, and Picchu means mountain. From Incan Civilization, there are citadels, monuments, and structures that sit on the ancient mountain to make up the main attraction of Machu Picchu. There is nothing else like it in South America or the world, and it is famous for its history and vast ecosystems, sitting at 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes. It shows the great technological skill of the Inca empire and its mysterious structure has drawn people from all over the world for centuries.

Machu Picchu Terraces

Machu Picchu is built in a rainforest.

Because it is built in a rainforest, the ecosystem within the walls of the citadel is one of the most unique in the world. Thousands of different species have been recorded at Machu Picchu, making it a sanctuary for wildlife. The deep greens give Machu Picchu a distinct look that is almost otherworldly.

Machu Picchu is very large

Machu Picchu has advanced earthquake technology.

Machu Picchu us The citadel was built in the 15th century and is thought to have been built for worship and astronomical viewing. The engineering of Machu Picchu is remarkable. It sits in between two fault lines, yet the Incas built with stones in such a way that the stones bounce when there are tremors and then fall back into place after an earthquake. Their farming methods were said to have been far advanced for their time, and they mastered the production of many plants despite the high altitudes.

Nobody knows why Machu Picchu was abandoned.

It was the Spanish Conquistadors that brought an end to the Inca Empire. However, historical evidence shows that Machu Picchu was long abandoned before the Spanish took over the Inca empire. Why is was abandoned and where the people went remains a mystery today that baffles historians.

Because of its rich wildlife and historical significance UNESCO named Machu PIcchu a World Heritage Site in 1983. Its many wonders attracts visitors from all around the world and is truly and historical site to behold.