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Brief Tour of Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Prepared by Miriam Schwartz. Cuzco. Founded prior to 700 A.D. Capital of Inca Empire Called by Incas “The Navel of the World” Oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Hemisphere. Cuzco from Sacsayhuaman. Sacsayhuaman.

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brief tour of cuzco and machu picchu

Brief Tour of Cuzco andMachu Picchu

Prepared by Miriam Schwartz

cuzco
Cuzco
  • Founded prior to 700 A.D.
  • Capital of Inca Empire
  • Called by Incas “The Navel of the World”
  • Oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Hemisphere

Cuzco from Sacsayhuaman

sacsayhuaman
Sacsayhuaman
  • North end of Cuzco on hill overlooking city
  • Stones of up to 300 tons
  • Fitted stones without mortar
  • Called a fortress, but probably Incan spiritual center

A stone entrance at Sacsayhuaman

machu picchu
Machu Picchu
  • Sacred city of the Inca Empires (Tahuantinsuyu)
  • Constructed late 1400s or early 1500s
  • Discovered 1911 by Hiram Bingham of Yale
machu picchu on the edge of the peruvian jungle
Machu Picchu on the Edge of the Peruvian Jungle

The rugged foliage-covered mountains surrounding Machu Picchu

view from huayna picchu
View from Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu as viewed from atop Huayna Picchu