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Machu Picchu

In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no other place in the world which can compare with it.
~Hiram Bingham, ‘discoverer’ of Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu, built by the Incas, rests atop a mountain ridge, 2430m above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru. Researchers believe the Inca emperor, Pachacuti (1438–1472), built the city for his personal estate or perhaps a retreat.

As the Incas were masters of stonework and Civil Engineering, the city was constructed in a manner that enabled the inhabitants to be self-sufficient and protected. For example, the terraces you see in most photos of Machu Picchu were used to grow food.

The residents of Machu Picchu left when the Spanish invaded Peru, though the Spanish never found the hidden city. It is unclear why they left, but some believe many residents died from smallpox carried in by explorers.

The Peruvian people are still highly influenced by the Incan civilization today, and a visit to Machu Picchu offers a culture-rich, experience for the mind, body, and soul.

Weather
It is generally warm and humid during the day and cool during the night, with temperatures ranging between 52 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit (11 and 27 degrees Celsius ). This zone is typically rainy (1955 mm), especially between November and March.

Machu Picchu is high above the Urubamba Valley in the Peruvian Andes and the rains are present in all the seasons. In the hottest days, it is possible to reach 79ºF  (26° C), in the coldest early mornings in June and July the temperature can drop to -36ºF (-2 ° C). 

There are two clearly distinguishable seasons: the rainy season (November to March) and the strong sun season (April to October), with a notable increase in temperature.

Machu Picchu was voted One of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Internationally, it is viewed as one of the world’s top dream destinations. We are delighted that so many people want to visit, and we are working hard to help preserve the magic of Macchu Picchu.

Tourism at Machu Picchu now boosts Peru’s economy to the tune of approximately $40 million per year and while a welcome investmentit is also a threat as the high volume of visitors can cause considerable damage to the ancient structures. 

Efforts are underway to prevent potential damage. And Ancient Summit has been working with various organizations to raise awareness and help prevent erosion of this magical, historical treasure.

Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) is located in the Urubamba River Valley, in southeast Peru. It is well known for its thermal baths and as a gateway to Machu Picchu. Home to eateries, and a craft market.

The ancient city of Cusco (sometimes spelled Cuzco), has so many interesting features that is is a destination in its own right. The main square, called Huacaypata by the Incas, the artisans quarter of San Blas, the Convent of Santo Domingo, built on top of the Temple of the Sun or “Korikancha” are part of a long list of archaeological treasures.

Cusco is bustling with nightlife and authentic marketplaces featuring arts and crafts, jewelry, alpaca clothing, indescribably delicious food, and many more delights.

Photos

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Facts

Machu Picchu, built by the Incas, rests atop a mountain ridge, 2430m above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru. Researchers believe the Inca emperor, Pachacuti (1438–1472), built the city for his personal estate or perhaps a retreat.

As the Incas were masters of stonework and Civil Engineering, the city was constructed in a manner that enabled the inhabitants to be self-sufficient and protected. For example, the terraces you see in most photos of Machu Picchu were used to grow food.

The residents of Machu Picchu left when the Spanish invaded Peru, though the Spanish never found the hidden city. It is unclear why they left, but some believe many residents died from smallpox carried in by explorers.

The Peruvian people are still highly influenced by the Incan civilization today, and a visit to Machu Picchu offers a culture-rich, experience for the mind, body, and soul.

Weather
It is generally warm and humid during the day and cool during the night, with temperatures ranging between 52 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit (11 and 27 degrees Celsius ). This zone is typically rainy (1955 mm), especially between November and March.

Machu Picchu is high above the Urubamba Valley in the Peruvian Andes and the rains are present in all the seasons. In the hottest days, it is possible to reach 79ºF  (26° C), in the coldest early mornings in June and July the temperature can drop to -36ºF (-2 ° C). 

There are two clearly distinguishable seasons: the rainy season (November to March) and the strong sun season (April to October), with a notable increase in temperature.

Culture & Conservation

Machu Picchu was voted One of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Internationally, it is viewed as one of the world’s top dream destinations. We are delighted that so many people want to visit, and we are working hard to help preserve the magic of Macchu Picchu.

Tourism at Machu Picchu now boosts Peru’s economy to the tune of approximately $40 million per year and while a welcome investmentit is also a threat as the high volume of visitors can cause considerable damage to the ancient structures. 

Efforts are underway to prevent potential damage. And Ancient Summit has been working with various organizations to raise awareness and help prevent erosion of this magical, historical treasure.

Nearby Cities

Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) is located in the Urubamba River Valley, in southeast Peru. It is well known for its thermal baths and as a gateway to Machu Picchu. Home to eateries, and a craft market.

The ancient city of Cusco (sometimes spelled Cuzco), has so many interesting features that is is a destination in its own right. The main square, called Huacaypata by the Incas, the artisans quarter of San Blas, the Convent of Santo Domingo, built on top of the Temple of the Sun or “Korikancha” are part of a long list of archaeological treasures.

Cusco is bustling with nightlife and authentic marketplaces featuring arts and crafts, jewelry, alpaca clothing, indescribably delicious food, and many more delights.

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