Technology brings you closer to the sacred city of the Incas so that you can explore through a Machu Picchu Virtual Tour and understand it without having to leave home.
Both through machupicchu360.com and Google Arts & Culture you can visit every corner of this Peruvian city lost in the clouds.
In addition, since 2015, Google Street View has 360 ° photos of Machu Picchu as well as a “virtual museum” with crafts and quipus.
Machu Picchu 360
If Machu Picchu is one of those great pending tasks that you have on your traveler CV, or if you have already visited it but would love to return, even if it were virtually, what the machupicchu360.com website offers you a Virtual Tour of Machu Picchu. Here you have different 360º panoramic views with which to discover the most important points of Machu Picchu and practically no tourists around you.
The Huaynapicchu mountain
Not everyone climbs the Huaynapicchu mountain, it offers a totally different view of the city. It rises about 400 meters above the sanctuary and the views are spectacular.
The temple of the Sun
A semicircular tower strategically built at the top where astronomical studies and religious practices were carried out.
The House of the Inca
A perfect domestic home to admire the fine Inca architecture. You can see different rooms and patios, even differentiating between bedroom and bathroom.
The Temple of the Three Windows
This building is among the most important in Machu Picchu given its proximity to the Main Square, one of the places with the greatest spiritual value for the Incas.
The Main Square
It was the center of the activity of Machu Picchu, where different rituals and sacred celebrations were carried out to worship the divinities.
The House of the Priest
Hiram Bingham, the American explorer responsible for making the existence of Machu Picchu public in 1911, named this estancia that when he thought that the priest was leaving it on the way to the Main Plaza when religious celebrations were held.
The Sacred Rock
It is believed that the Sacred Rock could fulfill different functions, one geographical to the north of the city, and another oriented to astrological study.
The Main Temple
It is one of the buildings with the greatest spiritual load in the entire citadel and it is even possible that it hosted burials. Next to it there is a ‘sacristy’ that does present a much more delicate finish.
The Temple of the Condor
The condor was a true sacred symbol for the Incas. A rocky massif in the shape of a bird with outstretched wings gave meaning to the worship of deities in this place.
Google Arts & Culture
Another good option for a Virtual Tour of Machu Picchu is to go to the Google Arts & Culture institute, where in addition to virtual visits you will be able to know a large number of details of both the sacred city and the Inca empire itself. Here you have several online exhibitions with which to get to know the Casa Concha museum in Cuzco and its collection of everyday utensils, which include ceramics, textiles, ornaments and tools, as well as a good collection dedicated to religion and archaeoastronomy. where the importance of ceremonial and ritual elements stands out. It is possible that above all this what most catches your attention is learning about the intentional cranial deformations that were carried out in the Inca culture, possibly as an ethnic or even aesthetic differentiation.
If you want to take a walk through Machu Picchu, you can do so by following the Virtual Tours of Machu Picchu that Google offers using the 360 technology of its Street View. You can recreate the route that the ancient Incas made until they reached the city in the clouds, first by walking the Inca Trail, then through the Puerta del Sol and finally entering the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Trail
Today it is the most authentic and beautiful way to get to Machu Picchu, but once it was the royal road that the Incas had to complete until they reached the summit. A route through the mountains of about 40 km long that you can complete in four days.
The door of the sun
The Puerta de Sol, or Intipunku, was once the access point to Machu Picchu and today marks the end point of the Inca Trail. It is located at 2,745 meters above sea level, the sun’s rays pass through it during the summer solstice and if you visit it from the ruins of the city it implies a climb of an hour of walking.
The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Here you will be able to walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu as if you were doing it through the streets of your own city. To make it easier, you have a good number of virtual accesses to different points of Machu Picchu so that you are clear about where you are and what you are seeing.
Google Street View
Google Street View offers a Virtual Tour of Machu Picchu so that people from other latitudes can see the Inca citadel from the comfort of their home. To access just click on this link.
On its page dedicated to Machu Picchu, Google presents a virtual walk through the most important areas of the archaeological site such as the Main Temple and the Intihuatana. Thus, users will be able to view photos that rotate 360 ° to have a complete view of the area surrounded by mountains.
In addition to visiting the citadel, Google Street View also has a view of various items used by the Incas such as quipus and ceramic pieces. These are grouped into a special museum-like section, which is part of Google Arts & Culture. You can see it here.
To do this whole tour, the Google team used their Trekker cameras. With them, a person can access various destinations on foot carrying it on their back, making it the ideal tool to get to know cultural and archaeological places unlike the cameras in cars that we all know.