Machu Picchu, Peru
March 31, 2003
The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people utilized the Andean mountain top (2800 m elevation), erecting massive stone structures from the early 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. The Inca turned the site into a small (12 square kilometers) but extraordinary city.
Topics: Inca, Archaeological sites in Peru, Machu Picchu, Hospitality Recreation, Hiram Bingham, Huayna Picchu, PeruRail, Inca civilization