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Meinholz's Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu

Photograph By Joel Meinholz

Cliffside Incan ruins on the Sun Gate trail. Many theories exist as to the function Machu Picchu was originally intended to serve, from settlement to prison to sacred site. Because the Spanish did not discover this area when they entered Peru in the 1500s, it has survived the centuries without defacement.