Exploring Machu Picchu

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I am from Peru, a country that is glorified for its beauty and history, but one of its most beautiful and reputed sites is that of Macchu Picchu. Tourists from around the world travel to see Macchu Picchu. Macchu Picchu, in fact, has been rated as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is treasured by UNESCO, and continues to inspire and awe millions of people. A few years ago, I took my daughter to see the site since I wanted to give her a special treat. The following essay describes the history and beauty of the place so that I can, to some extent, relay my indescribable feelings of a magical place to the reader. Macchu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th century Inca site that is located in the Cusco region of Peru in South America and is situated 7,970Â ft. above sea level (UNESCO World Heritage Centre, pdf ). The site is located on a mountainous region that towers over the HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urubamba_Valley" o "Urubamba Valley"Urubamba Valley, region of the Utramba River, and is 80 kilometers (or 50Â miles) northwest of HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cusco" o "Cusco"Cusco, the capital of Peru. Built in 1400, the Incas abandoned the city at the time of the Spanish conquest one hundred years later. In the early 20th century, Hiram Bingham, an American archeologist, found and introduced the city to the world, and since then many of the buildings have been reconstructed in order to provide tourists with some idea of the original Peru (Nava,
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