Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu (in hispanicized spelling, Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmatʃu ˈpiktʃu]) or Machu Pikchu (Quechua machu old, old person, pikchu peak; mountain or prominence with a broad base which ends in sharp peaks, "old peak", pronunciation [ˈmɑtʃu ˈpixtʃu]) is a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows.
Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often mistakenly referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450, but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Machu Picchu is vulnerable to threats. History Early encounters Geography. MACHU PICCHU. Machu Picchu Peru - a visual guide to the lost city of the Incas. Machu Picchu - 25: Condor Temple THE TEMPLE OF THE CONDOR Part of what Bingham called the Prison Group, the Temple of the Condor contains large niches in its underground vaults that, according to him, may have been used for binding the wrists of prisoners.
Again, not all experts agree and tend more towards the idea that it was another temple, particularly as there appears to be an altar in a natural fissure of the rock. At the base of the hollow, one of the rocks has the outline of a condor with a clearly defined head and neck. Condors were considered sacred by the Incas and seen as a messenger or embodiment of the mountain spirits or apus. If you have the time and the energy, make your way up to the Caretaker’s Hut and then hike a small stretch of the Inca Trail as far as the Sun Gate or Inti Punko.
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Temple of the Condor. Ruins, inca, interesting place, listed building / architectural heritage, historic ruins A unique temple in Machu Picchu is the Temple of the Condor.
This is a small area in the Eastern Urban Sector. The condor is South America's largest bird and was sacred to the Incas. This temple honors the condor by using the natural rock formation as the wings and providing a stone at the base for the body. Nearby cities: Cusco (Cuzco), Huancayo, Juliaca Coordinates: 13°9'50"S 72°32'43"W.