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I canít put into words how absolutely awe-inspiring Machu Picchu is. The enormity of the task and the ingenuity behind the design are mind-boggling. The site was inhabited from roughly 1420 to 1650 and was never found by the Spanish for reasons that become patently obvious once you get there. First, itís ridiculously hard to get to even in modern vehicles and second itís only visible from above. You are literally 100 yards away from Machu Picchu and you canít see it.


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Who Let The Computer Geek In?

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The terraces that were built to maximize space for farming are engineering marvels. Each terrace was filled in layers. First they put in large stones, then gravel, then a layer of sand, and finally soil. The sand was hauled up from the river thousands of feet below and the soils were brought in from all over Peru. Some of the soil was brought in from hundreds of miles away. The reason for this was they farmed different crops in each terrace and they used the soils best suited for the crops. As a further testament to their genius the terraces have a drainage system built into them so the water from one terrace doesnít drain into another. The reason for this is they knew that if water from one soil drained into another it would change the pH level and affect the crops.


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Faviola The Fearless

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Machu Picchu was abandoned abruptly by the Incas around 1650. The rocks in the photos below are in the quarry. This is where the rocks were shaped before they were put into place. The state of the quarry indicates that Machu Picchu was still being constructed when it was abandoned. No one is certain why the site was abandoned since the Spanish never did find it but a recent discovery has lead to a new theory. Recently the body of a Spanish soldier and an Inca girl were found on top of one of the mountains. They had been killed by the Incas but it's now widely believed that they feared that the girl had given their location to the entire Spanish army rather than to just one soldier. It appears that their fears were unfounded and the Spanish soldier simply picked the wrong girl to fool around with...


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