Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan city located in the Andes Mountains in Peru. It is believed to have been occupied from about 1450 to 1540 AD with a population of around 1000. Hiram Bingham, a history professor at Yale, discovered the ruins of Machu Picchu in 1911. Its very intricate and advanced infrastructure remains a mystery, and hundreds of visitors wait to take in the beauty each day. The many wonders of Machu Picchu include the extensive water management system, the agricultural terraces, and the relation the city has with the surrounding mountains and sky.
Below, Kenneth Wright of Wright Water Engineers, Inc. has kindly provided us with scenic photos from Machu Picchu. These photos include general scenery, important features, fountains, canals, and uncovered trails and fountains discovered by the company during their research expeditions.
Lecture by Ken and Ruth Wright – Machu Picchu Paleohydrology