Machu Picchu Facts – 71 Hidden Facts About Machu Picchu

Facts about Machu Picchu for kids

Many porters sleep with a mirror or shiny object beneath them. They believe that it sends away spirits coming up through earth and whisks them away.

The citadel of Machu Picchu is the main tourist attraction and one of the most visited worldwide.

Machu Picchu is known as the Lost City of the Incas.

Over 600 terraces prevent the city from sliding down the mountain.

It is believed that Machu Picchu was used as a Royal Estate.

Bingham bought word of the ruins to the outside world, earlier only locals and handful of engineers, and missionaries had known of the existence of the site.

Bingham was actually looking for a different lost city, known as Vilcabamba.

Machu Picchu became an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

Machu Picchu was built in Inca style, with beautiful, polished dry stone walls of quarried granite stone.

Bingham’s team has excavated an estimated 40,000 artifacts to Yale University which includes ceramics, jewellery, silver statues, bones and mummies.