"Your Guide to the Inca Empire"
About Peru History

Location of Machu Picchu

by Susana
(NY)

Machu Picchu is a fantastic place with plummeting cliffs that drop to the Urubamba River. Because of its height, it is often subject to being surrounded by mists in the morning.


Because of its location and natural characteristics, it served as a military advantage to many of the residents of Machu Picchu in times of old. In the Pongo de Mainique, history speaks of Incan armies passing over a rope bridge that crossed the Urubamba River.

Yet another bride of tree trunks was located westward of Macchu Picchu and bridges the gap between two high cliffs. The bridge hovers over the height of 570 meters from the ground, making the view a frightening yet breathtaking one. This, again, was a military advantage to the ancient Incas who took advantage of the height and their enemies’ fear of it.

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