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 "...Eagles fly, The turrets round, and seem to flout the sky;
They eye those walls now crumbling in decay,
And scare from quiet rest their destined prey."

– Samuel Prout Hill
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Machu Picchu is a Classical Era Wonder in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. It must be built on Mountains that does not contain a Volcano.


Machu Picchu is a very situational wonder. Since tiles next to Mountains are already limited in number, you won't often want to increase the competition on which districts should get priority placement next to Mountains. Of the three districts that this wonder affects, Theater Squares benefit from it the most, since placing them next to wonders is otherwise the only way to give them anything more than a minor adjacency bonus. The Production Production bonus from Industrial Zones adjacent to Mountains can be significant, especially when you have a long and curvy mountain range; however, throughout numerous changes, the Industrial Zones can gain high adjacency bonuses so easily by just being placed between Dams and Aqueducts. An Industrial Zone built this way will start with +4 Production Production, which is equivalent to be adjacent to 4 Mountains when Machu Picchu is built, and very rarely do you find a spot adjacent to 4 Mountains in more than one city. Lastly, it is easy to give Commercial Hubs a large adjacency bonus after building this wonder; however, a +1 Gold Gold bonus is less valuable than a +1 Culture Culture or Production Production bonus (especially when compared to every other resource or currency in the game up to this point), so it is never worth spending 400 Production Production solely to earn a few Gold Gold.

Overall, there aren't many situations where Machu Picchu can truly shine. It doesn't directly help with a Culture Victory because while extra adjacency bonus for Theater Squares is welcome, you are most likely doing really well in generating Culture Culture anyway if you want to win a Culture Victory, and there are much better ways to earn adjacency bonuses for Industrial Zones. Machu Picchu is not really a core wonder to strive for no matter what strategy you're using, as it is highly map dependent and its bonus is nowhere near game-changing.

As a fun fact, this is the only Ancient or Classical Era wonder that Qin Shi Huang cannot rush, because Builders cannot move onto a Mountain tile. Also, Machu Picchu will become "snowy" if placed on a Tundra Mountain.[1]

Civilopedia entry[]

At 2,430 meters above sea level in the Andes Mountains of Peru is the historic site of Machu Picchu. Once a royal estate, or perhaps a religious site, for the Incan empire, it was abandoned in the 16th century when the civilization was destroyed by a Spanish invasion. Lost to history for hundreds of years, Machu Picchu was rediscovered in 1911 by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, exciting tourists immediately and for years to come. Today, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the site annually.

Most remarkable about the site is how seamlessly it blends into the natural world. This lost city is made up of stone terraces, a farming sector, homes, temples, and more – approximately 200 buildings in total. The finely fit stonework and intricate irrigation systems nod to the sophistication of the lost Incan civilization.



Civilization VI Wonders [edit]
Wonders AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station R&F-Only.pngAngkor Wat1Apadana1Big BenBiosphère1Bolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación R&F-Only.pngChichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãEtemenanki1Forbidden CityGolden Gate Bridge GS-Only.pngGreat Bath GS-Only.pngGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel Barkal1Kilwa Kisiwani R&F-Only.pngKotoku-in R&F-Only.pngMachu Picchu GS-Only.pngMahabodhi TempleMausoleum at Halicarnassus1Meenakshi Temple GS-Only.pngMont St. MichelOracleOrszágház GS-Only.pngOxford UniversityPanama Canal GS-Only.pngPetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty R&F-Only.pngStatue of Zeus1St. Basil's Cathedral R&F-Only.pngStonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal R&F-Only.pngTemple of Artemis R&F-Only.pngTerracotta ArmyTorre de Belém1University of Sankore GS-Only.pngVenetian Arsenal
Natural Wonders Bermuda Triangle1Chocolate Hills GS-Only.pngCliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch R&F-Only.pngEye of the Sahara R&F-Only.pngEyjafjallajökull1Fountain of Youth1Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway1Gobustan GS-Only.pngGreat Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay1Ik-Kil GS-Only.pngKakadu2Lake Retba R&F-Only.pngLysefjord1Mato Tipila GS-Only.pngMatterhorn R&F-Only.pngMount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima R&F-Only.pngMount Vesuvius GS-Only.pngPaïtiti1Pamukkale GS-Only.pngPantanalPinnacles2PiopiotahiSahara el Beyda GS-Only.pngTorres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow R&F-Only.pngUluru1Vinland2YosemiteZhangye Danxia R&F-Only.png
1 Requires a DLC2 Specific scenarios only

R&F-Only.png Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only.png Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.