Machu Picchu, a prehistoric Inca City, is located in Cuzco, Peru. It is between the Andean Mountain Range above the Uramba Valley. In the language Quechua, it means “Old Peak”. The city has an elevation of 7,710 feet (2,30 meters) above sea level on a 150 square mile site.
Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, but it had already been abandoned and all that was left were ruins. The city’s structures were divided into three sections: agricultural, religious, and urban. Religious buildings were located on the very top of the city. The agricultural area was located on the slopes of Machu Picchu and had terraces and aqueducts. Then the urban part was organized on the foot of the hill and other lower sections. There, farmers, teachers, and other Incan people inhabited the area.
Now, Machu Picchu is a popular tourism spot and has been nominated as one of the New Seven Wonders!
of the New Seven Wonders!
Name of website: Destination Machu Picchu
Page or article title: A Brief Overview
Date of posting/revision: 2005
Name of company/institution affiliated with the website: Destination 360
Date you visited the site: 2/8/08
Website address: http://www.peru-machu-picchu.com/
Author: Bright, Michael
Title: 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die
Place of publication: Happauge, New York
Publishing company: Quintet Publishing Limited
Copyright date: © 2005
Name of Website: GORP
Page title: Grand Canyon National Park
Date of revision: 2008
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