According to documents fromthe mid-sixteenth century, Machu Picchu in February would have been one of the residences of rest of Pachacutec (Inca emperor first, from 1438 to 1470). However, some of its finest buildings andceremonial evident from the main access road to the llaqta prove that it was used as a sanctuary religioso.3 two uses, the palace and the sanctuary, they would have been incompatible. Some experts seem tohave ruled, however, an alleged military, so the popular descriptions of "strength" or "citadel" could have been superados.4
Machu Picchu is considered both a masterpiece of architecture andingeniería.5 its unique architectural features and landscaping, and the veil of mystery that has woven around much of the literature published on the site, they have become one of the most popular touristdestinations planeta.6
Machu Picchu is on the List of World Heritage of UNESCO since 1983 as part of a whole cultural and eco-known under the name Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
On July 7, 2007Machu Picchu was declared as one of the new wonders of the world at a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, after the participation of a hundred million voters worldwide
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu1View from south to north. To the left is Hanan sector of the city (with the pyramid structure Intihuatana Hill) and right the East sector, separated by the main square. In the background Mt HuaynaPicchu. The image was taken from the top of the agricultural sector, south of the complex.
Coordinates 13 ° 9'48 "S 72 ° 32'46" O13 ° 9'48 "S 72 ° 32'46" W