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Machu Picchu is the World’s No. 1 Landmark

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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

According to the recent survey of TripAdvisor, Machu Picchu in Peru is the “No. 1 Landmark in the World” beating Taj Majal in India and St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City.

Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu in Peru by Mario Lapid

Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan City located in the Mountainous Cusco region in Peru. Barbara Messing – Tripadvisor’s Chief Marketing Officer said that the famous archaeological site led the list of top landmarks and parks to receive the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award for Attractions.


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Located 2,490 meters above sea level, Machu Picchu was followed by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, the Taj Mahal in India, the Great Cathedral and Mosque in Cordoba, Spain and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu by David Stanley

No other historical monuments from Latin American made it into the Top 10 World Landmarks, though Brazil’s Ibirapuera Park, in Sao Paulo, made it into the Top 10 World Parks, ranking No. 8.

Machu Picchu was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983 by The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), and named one of the seven wonders of the modern world in 2007.

As many as 2.48 million people visited the site last year, 70 percent of whom were from abroad.

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