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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmatʃu ˈpitʃu]) (Quechua: Machu Picchu; [ˈmɑtʃu ˈpiktʃu]) is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru, above the Sacred Valley, which is northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows.

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Huaynu Picchu

Contributed by Monica Norris

You can climb up that peak behind Machu Picchu, but be in shape. They only let 500 people climb that peak every day and only a certain amount of people can go at a time. It took us an hour to climb up and an hour to climb back down. You have to be 18+ and you can't be overweight or have any life-threatening medical conditions because there is absolutely no way of getting help to you if you are in trouble. There are just the thousand year old narrow stone stairs, steep drop, and a rope railing....it's a hard climb, especially when hot, so be careful...but the view is absolutely beautiful

Contributed by Monica Norris

My photograph of Machu Picchu

Contributed by Monica Norris

The mountain peak you see behind the ruins is named Huaynu Picchu. Machu Picchu is Quechua for "old mountain" but Huaynu Picchu is Quechua for "new" or "young mountain". This is a picture of Machu Picchu taken from the top of Huaynu Picchu

Contributed by Monica Norris

A National Geographic video on touring Machu Picchu--not just for kids!

Contributed by Sammo Lea

inca trail

Contributed by Samantha Donaldson

train ride to machu picchu

Contributed by Samantha Donaldson

inca trail

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travel video

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michael palin in machu picchu

Contributed by Samantha Donaldson

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