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Machu Picchu (Quechua Machu old and pikchu top, ie, "old peak") is the modern name of the ancient llacta (village) Inca stone (whose original name was Picchu or Piche). Built mainly in the mid fifteenth century in the rocky promontory that connects the mountains Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in the eastern slope of the Central Andes in southern Peru.

Records of the mid-sixteenth century [2] suggest that Machu Picchu would have functioned as a residence or Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui (the largest Inca emperor, 1438-1470). However, some of its finest buildings and ceremonial evident from the main path to llacta demonstrate that it was used as a religious shrine. Both uses (palace and sanctuary) would not have been inconsistent. Was discarded, however, an alleged military nature (so popular epithets of "fortaleza "or" citadel "Outdated).

Machu Picchu is considered both a masterpiece of architecture and engineering. Its unique architectural and landscape features, and the veil of mystery that has woven around much of the literature published on the site, they have become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. Machu Picchu is on the List of World Heritage of UNESCO since 1983.

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1. Huayna Picchu


Distance: 2 Km.Up/Downhill 300 m. - Up/Downhill 300 m.Time: 2:30 h.
Huayna Picchu

The Huayna Picchu is a spur that is part of the mountain where Machu Picchu sits in Peru, whose semicircular base is washed by the waters of the Urubamba River. It is located in front of Machu Picchu mountain. Its Quechua name translates as "young mountain" or "Needle Mountain". Huayna Picchu was lookout, communication station and shrine.

At the top of the mountain there are huge blocks of stone, carefully wrought, which are inclined and correspond to a shrine or temple. From there you can see the main plaza of Machu Picchu at about 400 meters down and the picture is awesome, dizzying Urubamba Canyon of infinite shades of green and the background the snow-white peaks.

It has a height of 2,667 m. and the top has an area of ??2,000 m. approximately square. It was first explored by the expedition of Yale University, who found about a dozen settlements.Most important, no doubt, was discovered by Hiram Bingham, who dubbed him "The Great Cave", then renamed as the "Temple of the Moon." Top takes about two hours and income can only be performed between 6:00 am and 1:00 pm. You must register at the booth is at the beginning of the tour.

The Huayna Picchu is located north of the citadel, appearing in the background of the classical pictures of Machu Picchu. In its upper reaches are some terraces that were made to prevent the loss of land by the "washing" of the slopes in the rainy season and thus be used as gardens. You may reach the top using the path that is located on the left side of the mountain, by a long stairway in various sectors simply carved in stone. Not exactly dangerous, however, who want to make the crossing must be very careful because a small oversight or misstep coulded to be fatal. From the top, there is a spectacular panoramic view of the Inca city.

At the top of this mountain there are numerous terraces to the edge that were used for crop species, perhaps considered sacred. Remains of a temple are also observed, which is not certainly know whether it is a building that ultimately was not completed or was partially destroyed. Towards the north side is called the Temple of the Moon, which is built on a fault line.

The path to Huayna Picchu starts at the back of the Sacred Rock, on the north end of town. The lower part of the trail is in the throat connecting the two bodies of the mountain. Its width is less than two meters. There are no railings and sides natural cuts are almost vertical and very deep.

The rapid zigzag path climbs the western flank of the "needle mountain." Further up the road width is no more than a stepand the slope is very strong, not good for heart.

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