Machu Picchu among 'world's best ruins'

Chan Chan ruins, the largest city of pre-Hispanic America.

11:18 | Lima, Mar. 07.

Peru's ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu has been mentioned among the world's best ruins, according to a list published recently in the online travel section of UK newspaper The Telegraph.

In addition to Machu Picchu, the list includes famous sites like Angkor in Cambodia, Pompeii in Italy, Chichen Itza in Mexico, and Petra in Jordan, as well as other lesser-known attractions such as Marae Anini in French Polynesia, Nan Madol in Micronesia, and the Pueblo dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado.

"The draw of Machu Picchu (which means “old mountain” in the Quechua language) is obvious: a 550-year old citadel built by the most advanced – and in Peru the very last – pre-Columbian society in the spectacular setting of a saddle between two forest-clad Andean peaks that has been preserved enough to be recognisable as a city," writes Telegraph travel writer Chris Moss.

The Telegraph also mentions Kuelap, Chavin de Huantar, and Chan Chan as Peruvian ruins that are worth a visit.

The release of this list coincides with the opening of the new "Ruin Lust" exhibition at the Tate Britain in London.


Published: 3/7/2014