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Machu Picchu opens just for one lucky tourist3 min read

October 14, 2020 2 min read

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Machu Picchu opens just for one lucky tourist3 min read

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A view of Machu Picchu in the morning

One lucky tourist, Jesse Katayama, got to see the Machu Picchu, usually teaming with tourists, all by himself. How?

Jesse was actually supposed to visit the iconic heritage site in Peru, South America, back in March, but due to the lockdown, Machu Picchu had been closed off.  Jesse had planned only a five-day visit to Peru, but was stranded there for seven months due to restrictions in travel.

So, to ensure that Jesse did not return to his country without having seen the spectacular site, he was allowed a special visit.

Machu Picchu is set to open to tourists next month.

‘Lost city of the Incas’

In the rocky countryside of Cuzco in Peru, lies what is known as Machu Picchu, or the ‘Lost city of the Incas’. The Incas were an ancient civilization in 1500 A.D, in South America, who built a massive empire, called the Incan Empire.

Machu Picchu is declared a world heritage site
The Incas in their bright coloured clothes, contrasting with the hilly terrain of the region

At one point, there were 10 million Incas! Their speciality was pottery, weaving, music and architecture, and the best example of how good they were at architecture is the magnificent Machu Picchu.

These furry Llamas and Alpecas are native to the region

Machu Picchu is believed to be the royal estate or a religious site for Inca leaders. In the 16th century, invaders from Spain wiped out the civilization. Then, for hundreds of years, Machu Picchu remained a secret, until an American archaeologist named Hiram Bingham came across the site, opening it up to the world.

Did you know?

  • Machu Picchu translates to ‘old peak’ in Quechua – the language of the Incas.
  • Hiram Bingham was actually hoping to find another place called Vilcabamba when he accidentally stumbled across Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu was declared one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2007.
  • Modern-day engineers believe that 60% of what the Incas built lies underground, and that what we see, is actually the bare minimum.
  • It is made up of more than 150 buildings!

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Would you like to know how the Inca civilization came to be? Watch this video.

Video: SmithsonianNMAI