Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

This well-preserved ancient ceremonial site high on a mountain ridge in Peru contains the ruins of a large Inca palace, temples and other buildings.

Alex Proimos

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248448
Names
Machu Picchu
Lists
World Heritage Site
Categories
mountain, sacred
ruined settlement
astronomical alignments
Styles
Incas
Late Intermediate Period
Late Horizon

Timeline

1440

Construction of Machu Picchu

24 Jul 1911

Hiram Bingham III discovers the ancient city of Machu Picchu in the jungles of Peru.

Bibliography

  1. Wright, Ruth M.. The Machu Picchu Guidebook: A Self-Guided Tour. Johnson Books, 2011.
  2. Cumes, Carol. Journey to Machu Picchu: Spiritual Wisdom from the Andes. Llewellyn Publications, 1999.
  3. Megarry, Jacquetta. Explore the Inca Trail. Rucksack Readers, 2006.