Peru's top tourist attraction Machu Picchu celebrates 38 years as historic sanctuary

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.

The Inca citadel's charm always enchants not only Peruvians but also foreign visitors, and is well deserving of its accolade as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Exploring this impressive stone city of spectacular architecture, nestled atop a mountain ridge, constitutes a unique life experience.

Inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1983, the Inca masterpiece of engineering and architecture receives thousands of visitors year after year.

Machu Picchu 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.


Published: 1/8/2019
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