Are you looking for a once in a lifetime experience? Then Machu Picchu is the answer! Located 7,000 feet above sea level, The Lost City of the Incas is the most visited place in Peru. For good reasons, of course. Here’s why we love it. . .
5. The Extraordinary History
Most historians agree on the fact that Machu Picchu has been built in the 15th century, by the Inca Empire, as part of its expansion. But for more than 4 centuries, the amazing construction remained unknown to the world, due to its hidden location. It was in 1911 that the American explorer Hiram Bingham made the extraordinary discovery of the lost city. What is truly amazing is that the city has very well preserved its buildings and sites, as the Inca people used stones like basalt, andesite and many other kind of stones that made it so resistant for many natural disasters. It is believed that men have brought huge blocks of stone from a long distance already cut perfectly. So when they were put on top of each other, not even a hair could pass between them. Can you imagine that?
4. How You Get There
It’s not just the city that’s amazing, but also the road that takes you there! The Inca Trail is just as famous as Machu Picchu itself, as the trek takes you through breathtaking scenery and landscapes. The classic route is an 82km journey with an ascent that takes you to 4,200 meters above sea level and often causes altitude sickness. It’s a difficult road to make, but the reward is just as great: a once in a lifetime experience! You’ll see things that you’ll never see again in this world, you’ll challenge your body and you will reconnect with your soul. It’s something unique and totally worth it!
3. Like a Journey Back in Time
From the first time that you get a glimpse of the Lost City of the Incas, you’ll feel as you have travelled back in time. Everything is so well preserved that you can actually experience the life of the Inca people. One of the reasons why the city is so well preserved is that it was abandoned just before the arrival of Francisco Pizarro and his band of Spanish conquistadors, who never found it, due to its high altitude location. Machu Picchu has a great cultural significance, as its sites, complexes, monuments and citadels are all intertwined with each other and with their environment. Everything is sacred and cultural and almost out of this world, including the natural environment in which it is built. It’s all part of a great story in which you take part!
2. One of the Seven Wonders
On July 7, 2007, Machu Picchu was added to the list of the New Seven Wonders of the world, with over 100 million votes casted online! One more reason to visit! Considered a design and engineering masterpiece, it is the most visited place in Peru, with tickets being booked 6 months in advance for a visit. Yes, it is challenging to get there and no, it is not cheap, but it is such an incredible place that it makes it all worth it. Year by year Machu Picchu has won distinctions as the most photographed place in the world or the best destination in the world!
1. It may not be around for much longer
The huge number of tourists has put their mark on the sites of Machu Picchu and UNESCO has placed it on its list of World Heritage in Danger. For this reason the amount of visitors has now been limited to 500 per day, out of which 200 are tourists and the rest are guides and porters. No one can predict how long this city will hold in front of the climate changes and the huge amount of tourists. So hurry while it’s still there!
It’s easy to understand why Machu Picchu is so popular: all the aspects of its existence are incredible, almost magical! We highly recommend it to those adventurous people who want to discover an exotic land with a amazing history…