We continue to help you travel without leaving your homes, and today we ask you to come along with us to Peru and one of the great icons of human civilisation : Machu Picchu – without having to get off your sofa!
Google mounted its cameras on a backpack and set off on foot, enabling them to go where cars can't go, (such as Machu Picchu).
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Before we start the tour, we would like to give you some historical context:
Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel dating back to the 15th century, located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a mountain ridge at 2,430 meters above sea level touching the clouds. It is located in the Cuzco region, in the province of Urubamba, about 80 kilometers north-west of the city of Cuzco.
Often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", it is iconic of this ancient civilisation. The Incas built the city around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until the American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.
Machu Picchu was built in the classic Inca style, with dry stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Three Windows. Most of the peripheral buildings have been rebuilt to give tourists a better idea of how they looked originally. In 1976, 30% of Machu Picchu was restored and the restoration continues today.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and an UNESCO World Heritage in 1983, in addition to being one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. It is the third largest archaeological site in the world, after Pompeii and Ostia Antica!
So what do you say? Let's go?! Just click on the blue button below taking you to the virtual tour and you will find yourself on the other side of the planet, in the middle of the Andes Mountains!
NB: you can click on the link from your smartphone, but to fully enjoy the experience we recommend doing it from a tablet or even better on desktop.