Machu Picchu is undoubtedly one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Peru. The landmark sees over 1.5 million visitors annually, with over 4300 people visiting per day, according to a Peruvian news outlet. The tourist spot is an exceptional place for people searching for adventure with a hint of history in their tours. The beautiful features of Machu Picchu are no secrets to the world. However, the place has an abundance of secrets, mysteries, and myths that not every person knows about that might make you pack your bags and get on an adventure tour in Cusco.
Secrets of Machu Picchu
We have listed some of the top secrets about Machu Picchu below:
It Didn’t Intend to be Found
Machu Picchu was found while there was a search in place for Vilcabamba, the lost city of the Incas. With time Machu Picchu began to be considered the lost city of Inca that held a tremendous amount of value for the people of Inca.
The theory was claimed to be false later by researchers and explorers stating that the lost city was built a few miles west of Machu Picchu.
It is Prone to Earthquakes
To date, Peru is considered to be an unstable country situated on two overlapping plates underneath the Earth’s core. This means that the place suffers from frequent earthquakes—and it has so for centuries.
Its signs can be observed by looking at the structure of the buildings of Machu Picchu. The entire city hadn’t used mortars for its construction, and instead, it relied on fine-cut stones—wedged together closely.
It is said that during an earthquake, Inca’s buildings would wobble and fall back into their places.
The Secret Museum of Inca
There’s a secret museum in the depths of Machu Picchu that visitors often miss due to the lack of signboards indicating the location of the museum. This museum contains several artifacts and historic relics belonging to the era of Inca and information on how the city was built.
Discover the Secret Temple
This temple can be located on the far side of Huayna Picchu and will undoubtedly leave you in Goosebumps. The Temple of the Moon consists of a ceremonial shrine built into a cave lined with incredibly detailed stonework—that was historically used to store preserved bodies of the deceased.
It’s Sense of Direction
Various deeply rooted studies and observations have confirmed that every building structure in the city and the temples are influenced by the location of the holy mountains nearby. This describes the systematic orientation of the city and the precise planning by the builders of that time.
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