6 Fascinating Machu Picchu Peru Facts

     Machu Picchu Peru Facts – If you’ve ever seen photos of a place that looks like a historical landmark. With picture perfect scenery, breathtaking landscapes, ancient temples and palaces, sea of cloud hiding the spectacular view of the area. Huge chances are those photos you’ve seen are taken in Machu Picchu, Peru.

     This archaeological Inca site in Peru was believed to be built in the 15th century by the estate of the Pachachuti. The temples, palaces, plazas and homes in the area have been renovated many times to maintain its original beauty. But more than that Machu Picchu in Peru are  evidence of power and achievement for people way back then. Considering that Inca 500 years ago don’t have enough knowledge yet. They don’t have steel, iron, wheels yet they build an impressive architectural design. To continue we gathered information and interesting Machu Picchu Peru facts for everyone’s learning. Enjoy!

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When is the Best Time To Visit Machu Picchu?

     – When traveling overseas especially in a large country like Peru, you should expect different weather conditions with diverse geographies including deserts, rain-forest  and huge mountain.  So our best advice if your planning to hike the Inka trail is to make sure you’ve check weather conditions in your destinations.  According to our friendly and accessible Travel Advisor the best time to visit Machu Picchu is in the months of March to September. Machu Picchu is open 7 days a week, including holidays.

How to Get to Machu Picchu?

     – According to the article posted in Travel Channel – What You Should Know About Visiting Machu Picchu. The most challenging way to witness one of seven wonders of the world is by hiking in the Inca Trail for 4 days and 3 night.  But for people who prefer less tiring route to the ruins, the best option is to take a train from the Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. If your planning to get to Machu Picchu by yourself then your must know that solo hiking in the Inca trail are strictly prohibited. You must be in a tour agency or with a group of hikers to get to the ruins.

Fascinating Machu Picchu Peru Facts Includes:

1. American archaeologist Hiram Bingham and his small team of explorers was the first people  to stumble upon the ruins in 1911. According to History – Machu Picchu’s Discovery,  Bingham and his team was only traveling on foot  hoping to find Vilcabamba but they made up from Cuzco to Urubamba Valley.  The site has a 5 mile distance with more than 3000 stone steps that has many different level.

2. The Machu Picchu sits 7,979  feet (2,430 meters) above sea level overlooking the long urubamba river. The site has over 30,000 hectares including the terraced fields that was once used for growing potatoes, crops and etc.

3. Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries. Source: History

4. Peru is no stranger to earthquakes. According to National Geographic,  Peru is seismically unstable country. In Machu Picchu situation it is constructed atop of two fault lines. By the time the earthquake occurs, the stone buildings in the ruins are said to dance and bounce through the tremors.

5. Two spectacled bears are seen in the archaeological  Machu Picchu ruins. When in fact its  very rare to see them in the ruins itself.

6. Just the Wyoming’s Devils Tower ancient  spirits are said to be area of Inca trail. That’s why people who sleep in there tents  in the Inca trails,  had to put shiny metal mirrors underneath them to ward off ancient bad spirit.

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