What disease killed the Incas?
Smallpox is widely blamed for the death of the Inca Huayna Capac and blamed as well for the enormous demographic catastrophe which enveloped Ancient Peru (Tawantinsuyu).
Why was Machu Picchu so important to the Incas?
Many modern-day archaeologists now believe that Machu Picchu served as a royal estate for Inca emperors and nobles. Others have theorized that it was a religious site, pointing to its proximity to mountains and other geographical features that the Incas held sacred.
What's the difference between Mayans Incas and Aztecs?
The Aztecs led a more brutal, warlike lifestyle, with frequent human sacrifices, whereas the Maya favoured scientific endeavours such as mapping the stars. The Inca were based much further south in the Andean region (home to modern-day Peru and Chile) and were accomplished builders.
Do you have to be fit to climb Machu Picchu?
While you don't have to be an all-star athlete to climb Machu Picchu, you should be in pretty good physical shape. You'll need to be able to walk for long periods of time (5-7 hours) per day for 3 or 4 consecutive days.
What is the best month to visit Machu Picchu?
Temperatures in Machu Picchu in September begin to warm up again. They range between 21˚C/70F during the day and 12˚C/54˚F at night. With much fewer crowds hiking the trails and climbing the mountains, October is considered one of the best months to visit Machu Picchu.
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