Today we're taking you down to Peru to visit one of the icons of human civilization without even having to leave home. Luckily, one day some folks at google decided to mount some cameras on a backpack and make this virtual tour of Machu Picchu possible.
Before starting the tour, we wanted to give you a little bit of historical background:
Often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas," it is one of the most prominent icons of the ancient Incan civilization. The Incas built the city around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest. Although known locally, the colonial Spanish didn't know it was there and it remained unknown to the outside world until historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Shrine in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, as well as making the list as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is the third largest archaeological site in the world after Pompei and Ostia Antica!
Just click the link below and find yourself on the other side of the equator in the middle of the Andes!
Pirate Tip: you can use on the link from smartphone, but to fully enjoy the experience we recommend you to do it with a tablet or desktop computer.