Last stronghold of the Incas

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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is a large and ancient town set on a mountain in the Peruvian Andes. It has a world heritage listing which means, amongst other things, it has outstanding universal value.  "As the last stronghold of the Incas and of superb architectural and archaeological importance, Machu Picchu is one of the most important cultural sites in Latin America; the stonework of the site remains as one of the world's great examples of the use of a natural raw material to provide outstanding architecture which is totally appropriate to the surroundings.
The surrounding valleys have been cultivated continuously for well over 1,000 years, providing one of the world's greatest examples of a productive man-land relationship; the people living around Machu Picchu continue a way of life which closely resembles that of their Inca ancestors, being based on potatoes, maize and llamas.
Machu Picchu also provides a secure habitat for several endangered species, notably the spectacled bear, one of the most interesting species in the area. Others animals include: dwarf brocket, the otter, long-tailed weasel, pampas cat and the vulnerable ocelot, boa, the Andean cock of the rock, and the Andean condor."  Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC

See list of all 936 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.


lettersfromlaunna said...

Such beautiful architecture, thank you so much for posting:)

Anonymous said...

Never knew there were endangered species here and have never heard of the dwarf brocket or Andeaen cock. Maybe you should do a post on them!


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