10 Things You Never Knew About Machu Picchu

From The Darkness Into The Light

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As a Peruvian historical sanctuary, Machu Picchu has captured our imaginations since the dawn of its existence. In the mornings, this mystical city is shrouded in mist, but in the afternoon sun, you’ll see majestic stone edifices scattered across an emerald landscape.

Surprisingly, Machu Picchu remained hidden for centuries. However, it later emerged as one of the best-preserved sites of the Incan Empire. In 2007, voters chose Machu Picchu as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. While you might be familiar with the famous city (and its photo-bombing alpacas), there’s still much to learn about this mysterious place. Here are 10 things you likely didn’t know about Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Means „Old Peak“

Machu Picchu on a cloudy day
Credit: jimfeng/ iStock

The Incan people spoke an enduring ancient language. In their native…

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