Machu Picchu – A Wonder Between the Clouds

Machu Picchu also known as “The Lost city of the Incas”and is the one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is located 130 Km northwest of Cusco in the Urubamba province at the top of a mountain of the same name and surrounded by an abyss of slightly over 400 meters that forms the Urubamba River canyon.

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It was constructed in the year 1450 and was left abandoned a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Because of its location many visitors of this Peruvian Historic Sanctuary wonder how its old settlers moved these large blocks of stone that constitute this archaeological site and built this immense city at the top of a mountain. This mystery has generated several theories about its origin. Some people believe it is a fortress and therefore it is called “citadel” while others think that it is a religious and sacred place where the Incas worshiped their gods and made sacrifices as their main activities. According to recent investigations the most likely explanation is that Machu Picchu was built by order of Pachacutec, “the Emperor Inca”, as a resting place. Hiram Bingham was the first person to bring word of the ruins to the outside world in 1911. Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

Machu Picchu is divided in two areas: the agricultural area which includes large Inca terraces and the urban area which is the place where the Incas lived and organized their religious and civil activities. The latter has indeed two sectors, Hanan, “High Sector”, inhabited by the Inca and his descendants and Urin, “Low Sector”, destined to the rest of the population. This Historic Sanctuary is surrounded by a marvelous landscape full of color. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. It includes more than 200 orchid species and large ancient trees such as quenual, walnut and cedar. It is also a place to observe birds and mammals such as the Andean Condor, the Cock of the Rocks which is very representative of Peru, and the Spectacled Bear, among others. The mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the most intriguing destinations on the planet offers an unforgettable magical experience to hikers, tourists, and the early explorers as they climb their way through the Inca Trail.

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New 7 Wonders of The World

In the period of more than 125 years from the beginning of the 19th century, the creations of some of the world’s most remarkable adventures were identified. These are popularly known as great wonders of the world. These are the symbols of human creativity and the determination of the human spirit.

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Ancient Seven Wonders: – In the beginning idea of Seven Wonders of the World occurred earlier during Herodotus (484 BC – 425 BC) and Callimachus (305 BC – 240 BC). According to their analysis, Seven Wonders of the World included
• The Great Pyramid of Giza
• Hanging Gardens of Babylon
• Statue of Zeus at Olympia
• Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
• Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
• Colossus of Rhodes
• Lighthouse of Alexandria

Among all of them, only the Great Pyramid of Giza still exists. The other six were ruined by earthquake, fire, or other causes.

New Seven Wonders: - The new seven Wonders Foundation claimed that more than 100 million votes were cast through the Internet or by telephone. This campaign was originated in 2000 by Swiss film producer, author and aviator Bernard Weber to choose the seven new wonders of the world through the global voting campaign. The organizers had said that the competition is not planned to replace the Ancient Seven Wonders, but to care for other historical landmarks and improve global cultural heritage awareness.

In the year 2001 a Swiss Corporation, New Open World Corporation started the process of selecting New Seven Wonders of the World. Finally on January 1, 2006 after studying and analyzing several criteria, it announced 21 finalists from nearly 200 nominations from around the world. One among them, The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt was designated as an honorary celebratory wonder. From the remaining 20, seven sites were selected by worldwide vote, through Internet and phone polling. Finally, on 07/07/07(July 07, 2007 a very special day) seven new wonders of the world were declared in a grand ceremony in Lisbon.

The final poll produced this list of the world’s top human-built wonders
• Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt(Honorary Candidate)
• The Great Wall of China
• Petra in Jordan
• Brazil’s statue of Christ the Redeemer
• Peru’s Machu Picchu
• Mexico’s Chichen Itza pyramid
• The Colosseum in Rome
• India’s Taj Mahal

Online voting and SMS system were used for the first time to select New Seven Wonders of the World. In further section we are going to explain the history of all these Wonders one by one.