The 100th anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu

This Sunday, July 24, Peru is celerating the 100th anniversary of the Discovery of Machu Picchu, the Inca city declared one of the new seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As we showed you last year, the site was beautifully modeled in 3D by Peter Olsen.


To go along with the awesome 3D model, there are a variety of other sites that show off the area in amazing 3D. While this site is in Romanian, you can work your way through it using the arrows at the bottom of the screen and clicking on various parts of the complex.
More impressive is the Quest3D model of the site, though you need to install a special program to make it work which will probably turn quite a few people off.
Ultimately, Peter’s Google Earth model is still the best way to see how amazing Machu Picchu really is. You can fly to it using this KML file, or watch the video below for a quick look at what Peter constructed.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Regarding “While this site is in Romanian”. No, the site,, on a Peruvian domain name, is NOT in Romanian. You may want to search for Romania in Google Earth and find it’s quite far from Peru… 🙂

  2. I’m sure that someone discovered it more than 100 years ago. Surely the local people knew it was there.

  3. The Google Earth images of this are very good, it really makes me want to go to Peru to see it in real life.

  4. Wow, it even looks beautiful in Google Earth

  5. I would love to go here for a holiday.

  6. Looks really beautiful, although a lot of steps to climb – a tiring day of sightseeing. Much easier to just see it on Google Earth!

  7. It must have been pretty amazing discovering it.

  8. Not as impressive as The Piramids.

  9. Interesting…
    I’ve never seen a fully remodeled city with rooftops in place… wicked. Why not rebuild it virtually.

  10. Ha ha ha “site in Romanian”?
    Funny joke, it’s a Peruvian site in Spanish.
    You may want to correct that.

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