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“The Lost City of the Incas” was actually believed to have been built as the private estate of Pachacuti (1438-1472). The name “Machupicchu” is a hispanicized spelling of the Quechua words “machu” — old — and “pikchu”– mountain peak. Ironically the most prominent peak in most photographs depicting the site are not of Machupicchu itself, but of a companion mountain, “Huayna Picchu” again an hispanicized derivation of a Quechua term for – you guessed it – “young peak”.
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The place name Peru is derived from Birú, the name of a local ruler who lived near the Bay of San Miguel, Panama, in the early 16th century. When his territories were visited by conquistadores in 1522, the area was the southernmost part of the New World yet known to Europeans. Thus, when Francisco Pizarro explored the regions farther south, his men referred to the region as ” Biru’ ” however, over time through vernacular usage the place name became “Peru”.
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