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100 Facts for 100 years of Machu Picchu

1. At 496,218 square miles, Peru, in western South America is about the size of three Californias. California, however, has about 8 million more residents than Peru.

2. Peru shares borders with five countries: Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.

Archaeologists working at the Espirtu Pampa site at Vilcabamba unearthed several tombs earlier this year including one belonging to the Lord of Wari.  Archaeologist say these tombs are the most important discovery in Peru since the discovery of the lost city of Machu Picchu. 

The gold, silver and ceramic treasures are currently on display at a temporary exhibition room of the Regional History Museum Casa Garcilaso de la Vega in Cusco.

Archaeologists working at the Espirtu Pampa site at Vilcabamba unearthed several tombs earlier this year including one belonging to the Lord of Wari.

Archaeologist say these tombs are the most important discovery in Peru since the discovery of the lost city of Machu Picchu.

The gold, silver and ceramic treasures are currently on display at a temporary exhibition room of the Regional History Museum Casa Garcilaso de la Vega in Cusco.

Huaca Pucllana located in the Miraflores is one of many adobe pyramids found in Lima, Peru.   Built nearly 2000 years ago by the Lima Culture these pyramids were  ignored for years, it has only been recently that these archaeological  gems are being restored.
 The Restaurant Huaca Pucllana offers traditional Peruvian Cuisine with an incredible panoramic vista of the ruins.

Huaca Pucllana located in the Miraflores is one of many adobe pyramids found in Lima, Peru.  Built nearly 2000 years ago by the Lima Culture these pyramids were ignored for years, it has only been recently that these archaeological gems are being restored.


The Restaurant Huaca Pucllana offers traditional Peruvian Cuisine with an incredible panoramic vista of the ruins.

Born in the Andes of Southern Peru to a Quecha-speaking peasant family in 1891, Martin Chambi became one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. Between 1920 and 1950 he documented through film an unprecedented catalog of Peru. Though he was a favorite of the social elite at the time, his favorite subject were the indigenous people. Much of his photography is based in the Andes and includes a substantial amount of work around Cusco as well as early photographs of Machu Picchu. To date only a small fraction of his 30,000 glass plate catalog has been published - there are still far more of his images waiting to be discovered. At the time of his death in 1973, Chanbi’s work was virtually unknown outside Peru. In 1979 his photography was first put on display at the MOMA museum in New York. Since that time other exhibitions have been made in Zurich, London and Madrid as well as having a BBC documentary and book of his work. Enjoy the art of Martin Chambi!

Andahuaylillas on the main road connecting Cusco and Lake Titicaca is well worth the visit. Arriving at the main square there is a modest church that appears as many others throughout the region and on first glance may not be worth the visit. This adobe church was built on the site of a former Incan palace, it is walking through the front doors where one discovers how truly unique this church is. Referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’ the interior of church at Andahuaylillas is a dazzling display of carved woods, paintings, and frescos.

Gazing to the ceiling the church is covered with floral patterns and gold leaf. There are stunning frescos on either side of the main door depicting the roads to heaven and hell. The walls are blanketed with inspiring paintings relating stories from the bible framed in gold leading the way to the front of the church - the alter encrusted in 24 karat gold leaf.

Choquequirao name in Quechua is the Cradle of God, located above the Apurimac River a two day hike outside of Cusco. The ruins at are often considered the Sacred Sister to Machu Picchu like Machu Picchu it was first rediscovered by Hiram Bingham as well as its similar architecture and layout. The citadel has a temple, terraces, main plaza, and administrative buildings, living quarters for the aristocrats, water channels, aqueducts and springs. However unlike Machu Picchu Choquequirao was largely forgotten again by the outside world until 1993 when the Peruvian Government began clearing the site. Choquequirao is substantially larger than Machu Picchu but to date only about 1/3 of it has been uncovered the rest remains covered by the dense jungle. The most recognizable feature at Choquequirao are the llama terraces where more than two dozen llamas are set into the stone terraces.

On March 1st the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu re-opened. Visitors to Machu Picchu can enjoy the Inca Trail Trek, the spectacular Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu or some of the interesting side excursions like that to Putucasi. Putucusi means happy mountain in Quechua is the round mountain in front of Machu Picchu climbing a series of stairways and latters those who reach the summit are treated to an enchanting panoramic vista of the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Located in the Andes of Northern Peru, the history of Cajamarca goes back some 2000 years.  During the time of the Incas the city was considered a sacred place.  Noted it’s beautiful churches and Incan baths, Cajamarca is best known as the place where the Spanish defeated the Incas. 
It was in Cajamarca that Francisco Pizzaro and his men captured Atahualpa.  In exchange for his freedom Atahualpa offered the Spanish a room filled with gold and twice over with silver.  Though the Spanish received the treasure they killed the Incan leader anyway.

Located in the Andes of Northern Peru, the history of Cajamarca goes back some 2000 years.  During the time of the Incas the city was considered a sacred place.  Noted it’s beautiful churches and Incan baths, Cajamarca is best known as the place where the Spanish defeated the Incas. 

It was in Cajamarca that Francisco Pizzaro and his men captured Atahualpa.  In exchange for his freedom Atahualpa offered the Spanish a room filled with gold and twice over with silver.  Though the Spanish received the treasure they killed the Incan leader anyway.

Chan Chan located in the north of Peru near the city of Trujillo is the largest Pre-Colombian city in South America and the largest adobe city in the world.

Chan Chan located in the north of Peru near the city of Trujillo is the largest Pre-Colombian city in South America and the largest adobe city in the world.

Parque de Reserva in Lima is home to El Circuito Magico del Agua The Magic Water Tour.  The 13 distinct fountains are in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest fountain complex in the world.

Parque de Reserva in Lima is home to El Circuito Magico del Agua The Magic Water Tour.  The 13 distinct fountains are in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest fountain complex in the world.