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Travel the World: Machu Picchu
by Staff
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?

  • 1827
  • 1898
  • 1911

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?

  • Machu Picchu
  • Huayna Picchu
  • Cusco Picchu

Whom do scholars suspect was responsible for ordering the construction of Machu Picchu?

  • Pachacuti
  • Huáscar
  • Atahualpa

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?

  • 1945
  • 1967
  • 1983