30 Rare Facts About Machu Picchu and Interesting Information

30 Rare Facts About Machu Picchu and Interesting Information

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2. Machu Picchu was built at the height of the Inca Empire around 1450.

3. Machu Picchu was abandoned just over a century in 1572 after the arrival of Spanish in Peru.

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5. Machu Picchu is located on a ridge between the Huayana Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru, at 2,430 m height.

6. Hiram Bingham III, an American explorer with the help of Melchor Arteaga, re-discovered Machu Picchu.

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8. Around 60% of the construction done at Machu Picchu was underground; it include deep building foundations and crushed rock for drainage.

9. Machu Picchu was divided into urban area and agricultural area. The upper town was for royal people and temples and lower town had worker quarters and warehouses.

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11. Machu Picchu is constructed atop two fault lines.

12. Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon is a museum that explains everything about Machu Picchu from its construction to its destruction.

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14. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, the ninth ruler of the Inca Empire.

15. The forest grows so quickly that it leaves a lot to be discovered at the site.

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17. Only the first 400 people are allowed to go up by the mountain.

18. Machu Picchu city was populated by 1000 people.

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20. Quechua and Spanish are the languages spoken.

21. Each of the stone used to build the city weighted more than 50 pounds.

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23. Smallpox and other diseases unknown to the New World killed an estimated two-thirds of the Inca population.

24. Peruvian government has set limits of max 2,500 visitors per day and only 400 visitors per day into Machu Picchu, to reduce the number of tourists to the site.

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26. Machu Picchu is made up of over 150 building that includes baths, houses, temples and sanctuaries etc.

27. Machu Picchu means “old peak” in Quechua language.

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29. Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

30. The citadel is divided into two parts: Hanan and Urin.

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