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Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley

Lecture no. 22 from the course: Lost Worlds of South America

Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley

Taught by Professor Edwin Barnhart | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

The mountainside complex of Machu Picchu was a royal estate of Pachacuti, the 9th Inca. Walk the site, entering at the Sun Gate, and explore the causeways, terraces, and many rooms of undetermined function. Study the solar-aligned Torreon and other astronomical structures of the site, and their significance in Inca cosmology.


December 3, 2015
Rarely is a virtual visit so much easier on the legs than a real visit. Our tour guide gives us a photo heavy tour through the site along with extensive astrological information and a quick history of the 'discovery' of the site.