Tourists have been taking Machu Picchu tours since shortly after Hiram Bingham made the “Old Peak” famous in 1911. Bingham was guided to the site by a young Quechan boy. There were people living there at the time, having found it after the Inca’s abandonment.
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Machu Picchu is located 2,430 meters above sea level, overlooking the Urubamba river in the Andes Mountains. It is near the town Aguas Calientes in the department of Cuzco and built by the Incas around 1460 AD. There are theories, but nobody knows exactly how the Incas constructed the site. Huge stones were used that had to be taken to the area over difficult mountainous terrain.
The stones fit so perfectly together that in some parts a knife blade can’t fit between them. Machu Picchu is built to withstand earthquakes, as the stones move slightly when the… Continue reading