Welcome back to our Byte Blog! Continuing our Spanish learning journey with ViLaCa we will see time and time again all the fascinating topics our students will be learning! These last few weeks we have been sharing the many different festivals and your not so average animals that are found throughout Latin America. Last week we learned about a place like no other, the Galapagos Islands! Did you get a chance to read it? If not, check out The Galápagos Islands to learn more! Machu Picchu
Latin America has a rich history, empires existed way long before the Spanish conquistadors arrived. What are your first thoughts when you think of Peru? For most, Peru was home to the Incan empire. Nestled deep in the Andes mountains lies the wondrous structures of Machu Picchu. Could you guess why Machu Picchu was constructed? There are many theories as to why it was built. Some have argued that it was built as a mausoleum. The site’s construction style suggests that it was a palace and used by the Incan Emperors as a retreat. Machu Picchu is an important economic tourist attraction in Peru, it attracts visitors from all over the world. To reach its resting place it is a day trip from Cusco by taking a narrow railway and then ascending nearly 1,640 feet! Machu Picchu
“Nestled deep in the Andes mountains lies the wondrous structures of Machu Picchu.”
Machu Picchu is one of the greatest symbols of impressive architecture and engineering of the Inca Empire. So much so that it earned a spot as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Aside from its history of grandeur during the Inca empire, Machu Picchu is home to a varied and exotic biodiversity. Due to its location between the Andes and the Peruvian Amazon, various species developed. The area is home to the Andean fox, puma, vizcacha, and many other animals! 370 types of orchids have been registered to have taken residence in the ancient vicinity. Orchids are found on the routes and paths that cross the area. It is the largest collection of native orchids in the world!
Whether your interest is the history of the Inca empire or your interest lies in the wonders of nature, Machu Picchu has plenty to offer. Have you visited this site before? If so, let us know in the comments below! Machu Picchu
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