Machu Picchu – Ancient City above Clouds (7 Wonders of the World)

Machu Picchu Terraced Fields (source: wikipedia.com)

 

In fairy tales we’ve heard about a beautiful city located high above the clouds. It is not just a fairy tale, Actually there is ancient village that located very high up into the clouds. The village was named Machu Picchu or often referred as “The Lost City of Incas”. Machu Piccu of Peru probably one of the best archaeological sites ever found in all area of South America. Machu Picchu is the ruins of a city that is still shrouded in mystery, many things still not revealed until today.

Machu Picchu is Quechua language which means Old Mountain. At this Old Mountain Pachacutec, Incas King, build a place for rest and to worship the gods. Machu Picchu is the biggest relic of the ancient Inca civilization. Machu Picchu archaeological area has a length of 530 meters and a width of 200 meters, which have approximately 172 buildings (temples, houses, etc).

The beauty of Machu Picchu lies not only in its old buildings that made by Incas, but even more in its outstanding location. it is located in the middle of high mountain with an incredible forest. Machu Picchu village located in the Urubamba valley, a mountain located at an altitude of 2,350 meters above sea level. Stand on Machu Picchu feels like we were on top of the world.

Trip to Machu Picchu

During 1900s era, Machu Picchu became very popular among tourists both local and international. The village was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. A total of 400,000 people visited the site in 2003. To keep it structure’s strong and elegant, the Peruvian government now allows only 2,000 tourists to come every day.

Travelers who come from various countries vying to get to Machu Picchu. Initially steep and zig-zag road must be passed to get to the top of the mountain. Nowadays Peru become more modern and travelers only need to ride a tour bus to get to Machu Picchu.

Seeing Machu Picchu from TV or picture is very different compared when we can see and visit it. The beauty of Machu Picchu, located at the top of clouds become the main attraction. Although only consists of relics of Incas ancient buildings, When he reached the top of a mountain surrounded by high cliffs and dense forest will make us amazed about The Creator’s masterpiece.

In addition to the unique scenery, the most spectacular feature of Machu Picchu is its architecture. The site has about 200 structures, mostly made of granite. Inca builders put up the rock very close so that they do not require mortar to unite the granite rocks.

The composition of the rocks both small and large are arranged neatly on top of a beautiful mountain giving a sense of euphoria and mystical. Recent research said Incas never used the wheel as a tool to move large rocks. How they move and place the stones to high mountain are a big mystery until today.

There are 3 main buildings in this village, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the room of Three windows. Incas known as a tribe that worships sun, they think Sun is a god.

The Buildings and architectures made in tune with natural shape makes Machu Picchu is so unique. Their amazing irrigation systems is so difficult to imagine. at Machu Picchu mountain peaks water flow endlessly.

Make sure you visit Machu Picchu if you are in Peru or South America, View Map to Machu Picchu.

Photo of Machu Picchu

Macchu Picchu (source: kembangpete.com)

Macchu Picchu (source: kembangpete.com)

Pilars at Machu Picchu (source: wikipedia.com)

Pilars at Machu Picchu (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu Residential Area (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu Residential Area (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu Solar Clock (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu Solar Clock (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu Intihuatana (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu Intihuatana (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu Terraced Fields (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu Terraced Fields (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu mist rise at dawn (source: wikipedia.com)

Machu Picchu mist rise at dawn (source: wikipedia.com)

Scenery of Machu Picchu (source: wikipedia.com)

Scenery of Machu Picchu (source: wikipedia.com)

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