Machu Picchu Interesting Facts

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Ever since the discovery of the numinous ruins of Machu Picchu in 1911, it has become a center of spiritual retreat, owing to its vortex energy, mystical Mayan history, and many other interesting facts. Read our guide for more facts and information…

Machu Picchu, a pre-Columbian Inca site, has acquired worldwide fame for its powerful vortex energy and sacredness that are of great appeal to the dedicated pilgrim. As the Mayan calendar is approaching its end, Machu Picchu is becoming the hub of interest because of its profound Mayan history.

For the spiritually disposed, it seems to symbolize the end of yet another era in the evolution of mankind. The hypnotizing grandeur of this telluric site is indescribable and its energy is unclouded despite the numerous pilgrims and visitors who negotiate its grounds throughout the year. Seven of the most interesting facts about Machu Picchu are described below.

Machu Picchu Means

The term ‘Machu Picchu’ literally means ‘old mountain’, and the place is also spoken of as ‘The Lost City of the Incas’, after the title of the book written by Hiram Bingham, an American historian, who rediscovered the site in 1911.  This book drew international attention to the place, which has become a famous pilgrimage site and vacation spot in Peru. The site was established in the mid-fifteenth century, but was abandoned by its residents, the Incas, after a century, and remained unknown until its rediscovery in 1911.

Archaeologists believe that a small pox epidemic obliterated the residents of the site within 100 years of its establishment. It is said that the epidemic was brought by Spanish Conquistadors, and amazingly, they could never locate the exact site of Machu Picchu despite their proximity to spread the epidemic.

Original Inca Stone

Trekking on the Inca Trail is the most popular way to approach Machu Picchu through several portions of original Inca stone pathways. It is a three-day journey, but the government restricts the number of trekkers to 500 due to fear of wearing away the trail. Compulsory porters are included in the trekking expedition.

The porters sleep on the trail with a piece of mirror or a gleaming piece of metal under them, in order to prevent being whisked by spirits emerging through the earth. Most of them recount experiences of feeling spirits pulling them out of their tents.

There are several entrance rules at the ruins, one of them stating that visitors wearing their country’s traditional costumes are prohibited from entering.

New Seven Wonders of the World

Voting from Internet audience has caused Machu Picchu to acquire a place in the New Seven Wonders of the World. The National Geographic Society dedicated its April 1913 issue to Machu Picchu, honoring its recognition.

With increasing recognition worldwide, UNESCO has declared Machu Picchu as a World Heritage Site in 1983. The magical city, along with an area of 325 kilometers surrounding it, has gained recognition as a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981.

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