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"...Eagles fly, the turret rounds, 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 a Mountain tile 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 Civ6Production Production bonus from Industrial Zones adjacent to Mountains can be significant, especially when you have a long and curvy mountain range; however, it will be much more beneficial if you can build these districts surrounded by Hills, which can then be improved with Mines. Lastly, it's easy to give Commercial Hubs a large adjacency bonus after building this Wonder; however, a +1 Civ6Gold Gold bonus is less valuable than a +1 Civ6Culture Culture or Civ6Production 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 Civ6Production Production solely to earn a few Civ6Gold Gold.

Overall, the only situation where this Wonder can really shine is when you play as a civilization that builds a lot of Theater Squares, and will most likely go for a Culture Victory.

Civilopedia entryEdit

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.

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Wonders in Civilization VI

AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station1Angkor WatApadanaBig BenBolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación1Chichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãForbidden CityGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel BarkalKilwa Kisiwani1Kotoku-in1Mahabodhi TempleMausoleum at HalicarnassusMont St. MichelOracleOxford UniversityPetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty1St. Basil's Cathedral1StonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal1Temple of Artemis1Terracotta ArmyVenetian Arsenal

Natural Wonders

Cliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch1Eye of the Sahara1Eyjafjallajökull2Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway2Great Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay2Kakadu3Lake Retba1Lysefjord2Matterhorn1Mount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima1PantanalPinnacles3PiopiotahiTorres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow1Uluru2Vinland3 YosemiteZhangye Danxia1

1: Added in Rise and Fall2: Requires DLC3: Specific scenario games only
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