You may have heard of The Seven Wonders of the World. Well, today, there are The New Seven Wonders of the World … and Machu Picchu is one of them.
When the Inca King arrived, he chose this place for his kingly residence because it had water, a quarry, wood, and a magnificent view.
The stone steps that we were hiking up to get to Machu Picchu were very high. They served to slow down the heavy rains.
Machu Picchu was built before Spaniards arrived for Pachacutec. He was the best King of the Incas. It was left alone for 500 years. Destruction was from vegetation.
The Spanish did not find Machu Picchu. They never touched it. The Spanish would observe the hill people starting in 1536 and follow them to find riches, but this place was special so the hill people did not lead them to it.
A shell unique to Quito, Ecuador was found here so there was, at a minimum, trade with them. Maybe they even traveled here to trade or give tribute.
Hiram Bingham, a history professor at Yale University, rediscovered Machu Picchu as he had heard of the Lost City of the Incas. He wore a broad brimmed hat and was the inspiration for the Indiana Jones character.