What is Machu Picchu?

  • (noun): Inca fortress city in the Andes in Peru discovered in 1911; it may have been built in the 15th century.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is (, Quechua: Machu Picchu, "Old Peak") a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the "City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

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Santa Teresa District
... Santa Teresa, Peru is situated 6.5 km northwest of Machu Picchu and is at the axis of several important routes leading to this archeological centre, including alternative paths ways to the ruins (previousl ... a landslide completely buried the town and destroyed that bridge that connected it to Machu Picchu and Cusco ... of the bridge that reconnects them with Machu Picchu and allows them to take their produce to markets in Cusco ...
Toe (band) - Discography
... EP Songs, Ideas We Forgot (Catune, 2003 Machu Picchu, 2012) Redesigned (Catune, 2003) The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety (Catune, 2005 ...
Machu Picchu - In Media
... of the Incas was filmed by Paramount Pictures on location at Cusco and Machu Picchu, the first time that a major Hollywood studio filmed on site ... Machu Picchu also is featured prominently in the 2004 film, The Motorcycle Diaries, a biopic based on the 1952 youthful travel memoir of Marxist revolutionary Che ... NOVA TV Documentary "Ghosts of Machu Picchu" presents an elaborate documentary on these mysteries of Machu Picchu ...
List Of Hot Springs - Americas - Peru
76.75°W / -10.5 -76.75 (Cordillera Huayhuash) Machu Picchu pueblo, known locally and incorrectly as Aguas Calientes, near Machu Picchu. 72°31′31.2″W / 13.154833°S 72.525333°W / -13.154833 -72.525333 (Machu Picchu pueblo) Moyobamba region ...
Putucusi
... on the opposite side (northeast) of the Urubamba (Vilcanota) River to Machu Picchu in the Cusco department of Peru ... ft) above sea level at its peak, the mountain offers epic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding Urubamba River Valley ... Putucusi, Machu Picchu (Machu Pikchu means "old peak" in Quechua) and Huayna Picchu (Wayna Pikchu means "young peak" in Quechua) are considered apus, or holy mountains, by the local Quechua people ...