Astronaut Ivan Vagner captured from ISS Machu Picchu, often mistakenly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas.” Machu Picchu is shown on the mountain rige just lower left of the bigger settlement. He commented it took a month for him to spot this ruins from space.
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel on a 2430m mountain ridge, located 80km northwest of Cuzco. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style with polished dry-stone walls, and is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.