Bushwacking to Machu Picchu January 12th 2007 - Machu Picchu, meaning "Old Peak" in Quechua, located about 70 km from Cusco, is thought to have been built around 1440 ad.
- Machu Picchu spreads in total over 5 square miles, with over 3000 stone steps linking the various levels.
- Machu Picchu remained unknown to the modern world until 1911, when Hiram Bingham "discovered" the ruins (there are records of numerous others visiting the place du ... read more
South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1... ... read more