Walking in the Cloud Forest at Machu Picchu

Looking over Machu Picchu from the House of the Guardians.

Machu Picchu was built by the Incas in the cloud forest around 1450 and was abandoned during the Spanish Conquest around a century later. It sits on a peak in the Peruvian Andes some 7,970 feet above sea level and 50 miles northwest of Cusco. One of the most interesting draws to Machu Picchu is that it stood unknown to the outside world until 1911 when it was brought to its attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Now it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.

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