Built around 1450, Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive ancient cities ever built in history. Tucked high up in the Andean mountains of Peru, the majestic citadel was built at the height of the Inca Empire, and has miraculously stayed in tact till this day. Although it was located only about 80 kilometres from the Inca capital in Cusco, the Spanish never found Machu Picchu and thus did not plunder or destroy it, as they did many other sites.
Over the centuries, it became hidden within the jungles, and few outside the immediate area knew of its existence. In 1911, American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham travelled the region looking for the old Inca capital and brought Machu Picchu to international attention. Having been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Machu Picchu has since gained fame all over the world as a masterpiece of architecture. This historical site is truly a unique place that everyone needs to visit at least once in a lifetime.