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.
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.
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.