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Machu Picchu

The name „Machu Picchu“ roots from the „Quechua“ language and means „OldPeak“. The Machu Picchuis located 118 km north of Cuscoat an altitude of 2400 mtr.a.s.l.


Early in the morning of July 24th 1911, Hiram Bingham, a young American scientist, reaches the rocky peakof Machu Picchu. In the dizzy hights above a small deep canyon, facing down to the mercury-like shining band of the Urumbamba river, Bingham suddenly finds himself in front of  “the most perfect among the architectural masterpieces of the Inka times”, as it is called nowadays. Invisible from the bottom of the valley below, where hardly any sunbeam reaches trough the tight throat of the canyon, covered in the shade of “Huayana Picchu” (the “Young Peak”) which reaches out from the steep canyon like the tip of an arrow, camouflaged by the foggy clouds surrounding the peaks, Machu Picchu seems to be the most “fairy tale like” among the “Lost Inka Cities.” Facing to a marvellous panorama, it seems to awake again in the bluish light of the AndesMountains. An entire city – nobody recognizes age or name – unfolds like a giant puzzle, made of white tuff polyhedron blocks, embeded like pearl coloured gems in the esmerald mountain crown of the „Old Peak“.

Aligned eastwards, a total of 260 buildings, arranged on terraces, the city covers a surface of 700 by 500 metres: Sublime palaces and temples, buildings with square inner corts, forums and extensive ritual places, fairly rising, though separating the ritual district from the lower living area. Furthermore altars for religious purposes, tables for sacrifications, and niches to place the offerings.

The walls of these buildings are so exactly and finely handcrafted, that the Yale –Professor insured, that never anything alike has been seen before. 



Lima Wetter