Machu Picchu: Road to the Sky

Venture back in history to the 15th and 16th centuries as we study the ancient civilization of the Incas.

Together with experts, we’ll explore how the Incas became the de-facto civilization in the Peruvian mountains and dig through the archaeological remains they left behind.

Here we’ll get access to what we know of their culture, the various technologies used by the Incas, and the theories as to how the ancient civilization became so successful.

Furthermore, we’ll also visit the Incan emperor’s winter retreat high in the Andes called Machu Picchu. Both by showcasing what it most likely would have looked like in its prime and what it looks like today.

Located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, Machu Picchu was built 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.

Today, however, Machu Picchu has become a well-known tourist hub, illuminating the ancient Incan culture and history for all to see.

Machu Picchu: Road to the Sky
  • Info
  • Release date2007
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Akira Niinobe
  • Part of the seriesSecret Civilizations: Ancient Inca and Maya
  • Production companyNHK