The first pictures of Machu Picchu were taken on July 24th, 1911, by Hiram Bingham, an American explorer searching for the Incas’ last capital.

Bingham and his team spent the night before in Mandor, located 30 minutes from Aguas Calientes; they stayed at Melchor Arteaga’s house, a farmer from the area. He told the explorers that there were ruins at the top of the Mountain; Bingham asked Arteaga to take him the next day in the morning.

After climbing the steep mountain, the explorers arrived at Machu Picchu and found 2 families living at Machu Picchu’s entrance; they were the Recharte and Alvares families, farmers who used to cultivate the terraces inside the citadel.

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Machu Picchu 1911 -photo by Hiram Bingham from the National Geographic Society colored and by the Ministry of Culture (Sargent Carrasco and Pablito)

Best Machu Picchu Pictures that will make you want to fly to Peru

Binham requested someone to show him the citadel; he traveled with Sargent Carrasco as an interpreter of the Quechua Language; the Recharte family called his son, Pablo Recharte, an 11-year-old boy who used to play inside Machu Picchu. As it was called, Pablito took Hiram Bingham to the center, where the first pictures of Machu Picchu were taken to become now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The Granaries of Machu Picchu:

The first building will be found in Machu Picchu when you enter the main gate. This is where they store the food; the building has big windows to keep crops such as maize fresh and ventilated. Hiram Bingham found the 2 families in Machu Picchu in these buildings. 

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Machu Picchu storehouses


The Guardhouse:

It controls all the entrances to Machu Picchu at the upper part of Machu Picchu. This building has 3 windows pointing to the most important mountains around; this shows that this place is an important religious temple.

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Machu Picchu Guardhouse

The irrigation system of Machu Picchu:

It was specially built for the number of people living in the citadel.

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Water in Machu Picchu

The Temple of the Sun:

It perfectly aligned with the winter solstice.

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Temple of the sun

The train to Machu Picchu:

Traveling from the Andes into the cloud forest, the train tracks follow the Urubamba River, a tributary of the Amazon

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Machu Picchu Train

Double Jamba doors:

This type of doorway is found at the entrance of important places; in this case, it is the entrance to the sun’s temple.

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Machu Picchu doorways

The Walls of the Temple of the sun:

Perfectly carved that you can not even insert a needle in between.

Walls of the Temple of the Sun

 View from Machu Picchu Mountain:

Also called Montaña is the highest mountain; below, you can see Machu Picchu citadel and Huayna Picchu Mountain.

View from Machu Picchu Mountain

The stairs:

The trail down from Montaña takes around 3 hours to complete this mountain.


View from Montaña Machu Picchu

Baby Llama at Machu Picchu:

The oldest residents of the great Inca citadel.

Llamas In Machu picchu

Views of Machu Picchu from the Sungate:

This is the first view that Inca Trail hikers have on the morning of the 4th and last day of the Inca Trail.

View from the Sungate

Huayna Picchu View:

Buildings on top of Huayna Picchu mountain, below the Urubamba river.

Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu views:

View Machu Picchu from the other end; behind you, you can see Machu Picchu Mountain or Montaña.

View of Machu Picchu from the other end

Sungate views:

Sunrise over Machu Picchu is seen from the Sungate.

View of Machu Picchu with sunrise

The Condor’s Temple:

Condors are the biggest birds globally; they fly up to 5000 meters high. For this reason, the Incas believed they were the messenger between this world and the upper world (heaven or the sacred world of the gods).

Temple of the Condor

Vizcachas in Machu Picchu:

They are not Chinchillas but belong to the Chinchillidae family; Vizcachas (Lagidium viscacha) can be found in Machu Picchu in the morning, especially when the sun is rising.

Vizcacha in Machu Picchu

Isolated views:

View the left side of Machu Picchu with the Urubamba River far below.

View from the left side terraces

Best Views of Machu Picchu:

View of Machu Picchu from the Huayna Picchu mountain.

Huayna Picchu Views

Huyana Picchu Mountain:

View of the Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Huayna Picchu Mountain

The last Tree in Machu Picchu:

The only tree in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu only tree


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