Machu Picchu was occupied for only about 100 years. After that, it was known solely to the locals for about 500 years until it was "discovered". Test your knowledge of this fantastic Incan enigma.
While there is some controversy concerning which modern foreigner first stumbled across Machu Picchu, most accounts credit Hiram Bingham. What year did he find Machu Picchu, soon after bringing it to the world's attention?
The gorge of what river borders three sides of Machu Picchu?
The Inambari River
The Urubamba River
The Vilcabamba River
What mountain vista is visible through Machu Picchu's Main Gate?
Whom do scholars suspect was responsible for ordering the construction of Machu Picchu?
What function did Machu Picchu serve?
As a summer palace
As a sacrificial temple
It's anybody's guess.
From the Temple of the Sun, you can perfectly observe what celestial event?
The rising sun of the summer solstice
The setting sun of the vernal equinox
A change in the solar cycle
How is Intihuatana (also sometimes spelled Intiwatana) commonly translated?
"Hitching post of the sun"
"Navel of the world"
"Spirit of the puma"
Back in Hiram Bingham's day, it took nearly a week of hiking to reach Machu Picchu from Cusco. How do people get there today?
Everybody's still hoofing it
By riding a train
By flying in by helicopter
How many tourists visit Machu Picchu during peak season?
Sometimes a couple hundred a day
Sometimes a couple thousand a day
Sometimes tens of thousands a day
What year was Machu Picchu added to UNESCO's World Heritage List?