Machu Picchu: Designed for the Birds

January 10, 2012
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History and archaeology buffs searching for unusual lore and adventure should consider adding Machu Picchu travel to their list. Not only is this 600-year-old Incan ruin a window into Peru’s rich past, but the original citadel of the ruins may possibly be shaped like a bird. One researcher, Enrique Guzman, set out to examine the city from an architectural point of view and he found plenty of evidence to support his theory, according to Peru This Week News.

Guzman believes that Machu Picchu may not translate to "Old Mountain" as has widely been surmised. Rather, he claims that "Picchu" is derived from a word that means "bird." Fernando Guzman Astete, the head of the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu, is certain that Guzman's theory is for the birds.

However, the possibility that Machu Picchu was intentionally shaped like a creature is made all the more realistic because of the nearby city of Cusco, which has the hard-to-miss shape of a puma.

The reason for these cities being built in the shapes of birds and jungle cats may remain unknown, but travelers can visit the ruins to learn more about the Incan people and get a first-hand view of what like was like centuries ago for the indigenous people of Peru.

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