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Travel Destination Machu Picchu (Virtual Tour)


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Jun 17, 2004
You can take a virtual tour of the ruins of Machu Picchu right here using the link below. Try the interactive map, or the links on the left center of the page.


Machu Picchu

Welcome to the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru. Prepare yourself as you are about to embark on a virtual tour exploring one of the most intriguing destinations on the planet. Don’t worry... you won’t need heavy hiking gear or an experienced guide to tour the spectacular views and scenery the magnificent complex has to offer.

A Brief Overview

7,000 feet above sea level and nestled on a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range, the majestic city soars above the Urabamba Valley below. The Incan built structure has been deemed the “Lost Cities”, unknown until its relatively recent discovery in 1911. Archaeologists estimate that approximately 1200 people could have lived in the area, though many theorize it was most likely a retreat for Incan rulers. Due to it’s isolation from the rest of Peru, living in the area full time would require traveling great distances just to reach the nearest village.

Separated into three areas - agricultural, urban, and religious - the structures are arranged so that the function of the buildings matches the form of their surroundings. The agricultural terracing and aqueducts take advantage of the natural slopes; the lower areas contain buildings occupied by farmers and teachers, and the most important religious areas are located at the crest of the hill, overlooking the lush Urubamba Valley thousands of feet below.

Hikers, tourists, and the early explorers describe similar emotions as they climb their way through the Inca Trail. Many call the experience magical. Glancing out from the Funerary Rock Hut on all the temples, fields, terraces, and baths seems to take you to another time. Blending in with the hillside itself, many say the area creates a seamless and elegant green paradise, making it a must for anyone who travels to Peru.


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Aug 17, 2010
World citizen!
The Incan trail truly is a magical experience! The whole area is stunning. The Incans worshipped mountains and having been there I can see why! They were a remarkable people from what little is known. They were very fit to be able to traverse the steep roads at such high altitude. They were skilled craftsman. None of the Incan buildings use mortar. They ground the stones very finely so they fit together perfectly and created an incredibly strong join which is still visible-its quite incredible! The Incan civilisation dissolved quite recently-when the Spanish empire took hold in the area so it is strange we know so little. They are the latest of several civilisation on the area. While I was in Macchu Picchu I was lucky enough to see a baby llama being born right in the middle of the above picture. It was incredible watching it take its 1st steps within 10minutes of birth cheeringkudi:veryhappykaur: