Research Question Research Question: What architectural and geographic factors enabled the Incas from the early 1400’s to prevent the Spanish from discovering Machu Picchu in the early 1500’s?

This research question enables a specific investigation of how the Incas, one of the most notable Andean civilizations, kept Machu Picchu hidden from the Spanish conquistadors. Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel located in the Cusco region of Peru. The architectural and geographical factors of our research question will not only detail how and why Machu Picchu was never conquered by the Spanish conquistadors, this enquiry will also yield meaningful insight about the purpose for and use of Machu Picchu.

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