Machu Picchu Facts – 71 Hidden Facts About Machu Picchu

Fun Facts About Machu Picchu

The Sun Temple was an astronomical observatory, where measurements of the summer and winter solstice could be made.

The fight between Peru and Yale came to an end when the artifacts were finally returned in 2011 and 2012.

The Intihuatana stone indicates the two equinoxes. The sun sits exactly above the stone creating no shadow, twice a year.

Cuzco, the capital of the Incan empire, means “navel” or “center” of the Earth, as it was the center of the Inca civilization.

Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru.

Machu Picchu is located around 50 miles from Cuzco.

There is a stone road from Cizco to Machu Picchu built by the Incas. Many people hike this trail today to see Machu Picchu.

One of the greatest archeological sites, but hardly anything of historical importance has been recovered. The Incas took everything of importance with them, including hierarchical mummies from the Royal Tomb before abandoning it.

Four families were actually living at Machu Picchu, when Hiram Bingham first arrived.

Machu Picchu is sometimes called Machu Pikchu.