14:27 | Cusco (Cusco region), Jan. 8.
The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
—Cusco and Peru's premier tourist attraction— celebrates its 38th anniversary of creation on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Exploring this impressive stone city of spectacular architecture, nestled atop a mountain ridge, constitutes a unique life experience.
remained hidden for several years since its construction in the 15th-century. It was first revealed to the world by U.S. explorer Hiram Bingham and, since then, has been carefully restored and preserved for future generations.
Its designation as a historic sanctuary was made official on January 8, 1981, through a supreme decree.
The sanctuary is located in Machu Picchu district
of Urubamba province (Cusco region) and covers an area of 32,592 ha.
This natural protected area is known globally as the home of impressive archaeological Inca sites as well as historically and culturally significant monuments.