Top Ten Machu Picchu Facts to Know Before You Visit

Machu Picchu Facts
Located in northwest of Peru, Machu Picchu is an important historic site that stretches about 5 miles and has over 3,000 stone steps all linking to different levels. The site is thought to have been the royal estate for the Inca Empire which was destroyed by Spanish invaders during the 16th century.


Ten Interesting Machu Picchu facts you should know:

1. Approaching Machu Picchu

The most common way to approach Machu is through the 3-day Inca Trail trek that reaches an incredible height of 4,214 meters.

2. Film location

Enhiran (one of the most expensive Bollywood films ever made) was partly shot at Machu Picchu. Released in 2010, the film is among the few films to be allowed to film in the site. Other includes:

  •  The Secret of the Incas(1954)
  •  The Motorcycle Diaries(2004)

3. Annual race

Each year, there’s a 26 mile-race held along the incredible Inca Trail (the race is more of a marathon given the distance covered). The current record is 3 hours and 26 minutes.

4. Men at work

Most of the stones used to build the destroyed city weighed over 50 pounds and were pushed by men up the mountain side.

5. Unique architecture

Houses, palaces and other structures were built using a technique known as “ashlar”. It involved cutting stones to fit together without using mortar.

6. Construction

Machu Picchu is believed to have been built around the mid-15th century.

7. Rules of entrance

At the ruins, there are strict rules of entrance. One of the rules is that you cannot enter while dressed in traditional outfits of another country.

8. Discovery

The person credited for unveiling Machu Picchu to the outside world is Hiram Bingham who was said to be on an expedition to find the Vilcabamba site when he noticed the ruins in 1911.

9. A wonder

The ruins are one of the new 7 wonders of the world and are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.10. Lost city
Machu Picchu is also known as the “lost city” since it had been completely swallowed by the jungle(vegetation) when Hiram Bingham III , a Yale explorer, “rediscovered” it in 1911.
Now that we’ve discussed some interesting Machu Picchu facts, you can start planning your trip of a lifetime!



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