Machu Picchu Facts – 71 Hidden Facts About Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu facts and history

The compound has over 100 separate flights of stairs. Most of the individual staircases were carved from one slab of stone.

There is a long-standing fight between Peru and Yale University concerning the artifacts collected by Bingham during his expedition of the site. Yale maintains that they own the items while Peru insists they were given on loan.

Tourists mostly prefer the north peak of Mount Huayana Picchu over Machu Picchu Mountain.

Machu Picchu before its reintroduction to the world was covered with vegetation except for the agricultural terraces.

The Intihuatana stone which is a sculpted granite rock at the site is believed to be utilized as a solar clock or calendar.

Machu Picchu is usually covered in mist until mid morning every day, making one feel like hovering among the clouds.

There is even an aqueduct system designed by Incas that stretches for approximately 1 km.

Huayana Picchu means ‘young mountain’ and Machu Picchu means ‘old mountain’.

The city of Cuzco became the powerful center of the empire.

There are 200 burials at Machu Picchu.