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The city of Machu Picchu is the department of Cusco's most important tourist attraction. Discovered to the world in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, this city is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world. The city of Machu Picchu itself was built at the top of a granite mountain. The Incas, using ingenious engineering techniques, were able to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side, and once there, they used their excellent masonry skills to produce amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly.
It could be in your favorite cafe, at work, or walking with friends at the university. It doesn´t matter where you heard about Peru; the name Machu Picchu must have been on those talks. Machu Picchu (Old Mountain) is the most important touristic site of Peru. Located deep into the mountain forest, it has been visited by millions since its discovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911. But it was just on the last few years that Machu Picchu had become an icon in the traveler´s world. The New Seven Wonders of The World was one, among other reasons ,for that. But it doesn´t matter what your friends could have told you about Machu Picchu. Meer info Hier
Machu Picchu, The New Seven Wonder of the World Lisbon, July 7th, 2007. Millions of people all over the world were sitting in front of their TV watching the The New Seven Wonders of the World ceremony. A few countries were almost paralyzed and Peru was one of them. Why? Because its national icon, Machu Picchu, was among the competitors. There were monuments like the Statue of Christ in Brazil, the Great Wall of China and Petra of Jordan that were already chosen. Then, the moment for the fourth one came. The whole Andean country, with Cusco above all, hold their breath until they heard the great news: Machu Picchu, one of The New 7 Wonders Of the World. An explosion of joy instantly unified the nation. It was a feeling of millions, even more than the country´s population. MEER INFO Hier
Machu Picchu Culture Machu Picchu also reflects what is is alleged to be one of the most organized cultures of the history. Two blocks of stone-made constructions are separated by the Sacred Square, right in the middle of Machu Picchu ruins. One of them sheltered the Hanan Cusco (High Cusco), the other one belonged to the Hurin Cusco (Low Cusco). The rest of the people lived in the perimeter, doing the harvest of the terraces or “andenes”. The inca culture was a pyramid structure that had demographic divisions. The lower you were in the pyramid, the lower rights and privileges you had. It´s not clear how many people lived in the Tawantinsuyu. According to some data, the Tawantinsuyu population reached the 40 million people, MEER INFO Hier
Its location was a local mystery for centuries. Even the spanish conquerors didn´t know nothing but rumors about the lost city of the Incas, hidden somewhere into the deeper region of an impenetrable forest. But many years later, the same wall of vegetation and rocky giants opened their secrets to an exploration team, led by the american explorer Dr. Hiram Bingham in 1911. Since then, thousands of fortunate visitors know exactly where Machu Picchu is located..MEER INFO Hier
You can feel the energy of Machu Picchu right from the beginning. If you get the full package and can welcome the new day in Machu Picchu, you will know exactly what all those thousands of visitors felt, at six and a half in the morning, with a thin mist just fading to unveil the magnificence of that magic place. The panoramic makes you feel like floating, weightless. At the bottom, the ruins wait for your touch, to persuade yourself you´re not dreaming; that you are truly there, that all of that mixed nature and human achievement is really there, as it was for hundreds of years, hidden and proud. That is the kind of pure, pristine and natural energy you will get full of. MEER INFO Hier
Wilde leven en planten
The wonder of Machu Picchu is not only in its amazing ruins. Just looking at the big picture of that land we can understand the multiple sources of such an inspiration that turned the Incas into one of the most important civilizations of the History. One of those sources: wildlife in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. The Machu Picchu Sanctuary is a reserve of 35,000 hectares -which includes the famous ruins site- where thousands of animal and vegetal species have lived in harmony for thousands of years. MEER INFO Hier
Het weer in Machu Picchu
The exotic character of Machu Picchu has many faces; one of them is the weather. Due to its unique topography, climates, high altitudes, humidity and vegetation this weather is classified as subtropical weather. The geographic morphology of the region is extreme, from hills so small that lie hidden above the moss, to mountains so high, climbing to altitudes from 2,000 to more than 6,000 meters high. The average temperature of the year is between 11°C to 23°C. But this playful weather could surprise you with at any time, decreasing the levels below 0°C and increasing them to more than26°C in the same day, any time of the year. The dense vegetation, conformed by trunks, leaves, moss and brush manage to capture the rain, maintaining humidity and creating a variety of microclimates that represent one of the sanctuary´s natural richness, MEER INFO Hier
Machu Picchu Transport
It´s five o´clock in the morning and you find yourself jumping from bed, getting ready and dressed, faster than you can remember. This is a very special day: you will finally know Machu Picchu by train, the mysterious and monumental citadel, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your room´s phone rings and a very nice woman voice reminds you about your date with ancient history: the bus that will transport you to the train station is waiting outside the hotel. You give a last and fast check to your backpack: sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat; everything is packed. In the bus, MEER INFOHier
Having Machu Picchu -one of the New Seven Wonders of the World on their homeland- is a privilege, a luxury just a few people could have all over the planet. To meet that blessing of history, Orient Express, the worldwide luxury trains corporation, offers the Hiram Bingham´s Luxury Train to Machu Picchu; a travel included on an elite of exclusive routes for the most spectacular destinies of the planet. Such a stylish experience begins when you arrive to Poroy train station, brought there from your hotel by special designed vans. It ´s 9 a.m. and most of the trains have already left to Machu Picchu, MEER INFO Hier
Tourist trein naar Machu Picchu
Tourist TrainAmong all the possible options to reach Machu Picchu, traveling by train is the best of them all. Its levels of impact on nature related to contamination and the infrastructure required, are far lower than those related to the construction of a highway, for example. That is why it´s the only tourist ground transportation approved by the authorities to get to Machu Picchu. In addition to that, the spectacular view of this machines running gently and majestic trough the forest, is a wonder itself
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