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The Lost City

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:

Machu Picchu, taken from Wayna Picchu

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:

Close-up of one section of Machu Picchu

The guardhouse, perched high among the terraces, stands watch even now.

Machu Picchu Guardhouse (with CPL filter)

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.

View over Machu Picchu ruins to Wayna Picchu on the left

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.

Sacred ritual stone of Machu Picchu

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!

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Posted in Around the World 12 years, 1 month ago at 3:40 pm.


4 Replies

  1. This is one place I’d love to see. What a breathtaking view.

    Try not to chip the stone!
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Walter Knight. My Quest To Be Published. =-.

  2. I’d definitely recommend everyone to try this trip. Machu Picchu and then the rainforest in Puerto Maldonado at Explorer’s Inn! Of course the forest is only for those not scared of bugs/spiders/snakes. Which are everywhere. :-)

  3. Awesome photos, Dave. Wish I was there. But I think I’ll stick to gardening on my balcony.

  4. Thanks Hezamarie! I hope you’ll make it someday 😛

    I’m looking forward to gardening on my balcony as well, though it might have to be next year… hehe.

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