Here at Amazing Peru, Machu Picchu has been one of our most sought after locations. That shouldn’t be surprising – the site has been an Incan haven for a long time, evading Spanish conquerors for years on end. It has captivated the imagination of tourists, scientists, historians and conspiracy theorists ever since it was discovered in 1911. Today, it remains one of the most loved tourist sites in the entire world, and its popularity doesn’t seem to be dwindling anytime soon. In this article, we hope to present you with some interesting facts about this mysterious place that you probably weren’t aware of before.
The Things You Didn’t Know
Lack of human sacrifices. There is little information on human sacrifices taking place at Machu Picchu. This can be attributed to the fact that many sacrifices were never given a proper burial and their skeletal remains have succumbed to the elements. However, there is evidence of retainer sacrifices. In these unique cases, human sacrifices were made to accompany a deceased noble in the afterlife.
Machu Picchu is in constant restoration. Ever since its discovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu has been the focus of restoration work aimed at returning the site to its original condition. This means that buildings are sprouting up from the ground and walls are growing higher as workers lay more stones atop the originals. So what visitors see today is a re-creation of what Machu Picchu is envisioned to have once looked like.
The legend of its construction. According to certain legends, the settlement of Machu Picchu was erected by both humans and, surprisingly, birds. In the 20th century zoologists have discovered an interesting bird species in South America, which with the help of some plant can make nests in stones (1 meter in deep). Hence, there is a chance that with juice of this plant these birds covered stone slabs of Machu Picchu in the process of construction.
Machu Picchu is earthquake proof. The rocks making up its structure fit so perfectly together, that one cannot slide a credit card through them. They also lack any sort of concrete to hold them together, so when the earthquake hits, the rocks ‘dance’ around each other, avoiding a total collapse. If it weren’t for this particular advantage, Machu Picchu would have crumbled to the ground long ago.
Do Visit It!
The last advice we have to offer to any Machu Picchu enthusiast is to visit it. Although the Inca trail is a challenge for most people when completed over four days, there is now an annual Inca trail marathon where runners compete the course in under 12 hours. The record stands at just under four hours, and it is a must see. Of course, for those with the love for more relaxed modes of fun, might just do the trick; however, if you’re into adrenaline and ancient mystery, Macchu Picchu is a true pilgrimage. Be sure to visit it – the memories you obtain there are bound to last you a lifetime.