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Published by: Yehuda Lave on Jul 15, 2009
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Machu PicchuMachu Picchu
Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist attraction in Peru. It is70 kms northwest of Cusco.Machu Picchu was constructed around 1450, at the height of theInca empire, and was abandoned less than 100 years later, as theempire collapsed under Spanish conquest.The presence of numerous temples and ritual structures indicatethat Machu Picchu held spiritual significance for the Inca.Over the centuries, the surrounding jungle grewto enshroud the site, and few knew of its existence.It wasn’t until 1911 that american historian and explorer HiramBingham brought the “lost” city to the world’s attention.
Machu Picchu stands in the middle of a tropical mountain forest,in an extraordinarily beautiful setting.It was an amazing urban creation of Inca Empire at its height;its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basinwith its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
The space is composed of 140 constructionsincluding temples,sanctuaries, parks andresidences, houses withthatched roofs.

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