Machu Picchu is often nicknamed the Lost City of the Incas. Due to its isolation, the existence of the ruins was unknown to all but a few local farmers until the late 1800’s.
Recently, Machu Picchu was voted one of the new [read: still existing] Seven Wonders of the Modern World in an internet voting contest. Sure, most of the winning sites were probably influenced due to marketing campaigns by their countries’ governments. But either way, Machu Picchu definitely deserves to be on the new list. Just look at it:
You can see from the location and beauty of the city why it was a sacred place to the ancient Incas. Here’s a close-up of one section of the ruins at Machu Picchu:
The guardhouse, perched high among the terraces, stands watch even now.
Can you imagine this view from your vegetable garden? The Incas didn’t have to… they actually farmed on the terraces of Machu Picchu. Alpaca still graze on a few of the terraces.
Here’s the Intihuatana Stone, the ritual sacred stone of Machu Picchu. Even today it is recognized as one of the most important artifacts at the site. A warning to all camera boom operators: if you smuggle gear into the site for a commercial, then accidentally crash the boom and chip a piece off this stone during filming, you will go to jail. Yep, that happened about 10 years ago.
If these scenes from the ruins and the photos of the beautiful Tambopata jungle reserve haven’t convinced you to visit Peru, I don’t know what will. Maybe the surfing and paragliding? The delicious food and friendly locals? The adrenaline-pumping taxi rides? Just be careful with your wallet & passport, and you too could have the experience of a lifetime.
I recommend a minimum of two weeks for your trip to Peru – 10 days was just too short, and even a month wouldn’t be enough to experience Peru to its fullest!