You might be wondering what Machu Picchu is. Or why you should even care. Well, Machu Picchu is a city–a “Lost City”, in fact–that sits up in the clouds. Machu Picchu, which means “old peak” is an absolutely amazing sight to see. There’s only two ways to get there. There’s an easy way, which is a train ride from Cuzco and then there’s the option of hiking through the rainforest.
Either way, it’s worth the trip to see this miracle in the clouds. These ruins used to be the main worship place of the Incas. And, boy, does it show in the beautiful craftsmanship in the stairs, tombs and sacred temples. And as you wade through the rainforest and your eyes fall upon the landscape of these ancient ruins, you are awed by the sight.
It’s not hard to see why Machu Picchu is the number one destination in Peru. The ancient ruins are absolutely stunning. This awe-inspiring sight is due, in part, to the setting within the rainforest.
Can you imagine trekking through the rainforest and coming upon that? On first sight, your imagination runs wild to virginal sacrifices of long ago. Of men that went to battle, of laws built upon religion and superstition. It’s almost fantastic to imagine life as it once was in this “Lost City”.
There is more than one place to climb to the ruins when you visit Machu Picchu. There’s also Huayna Picchu which is restricted to 400 people a day, half in the morning and half in the afternoon to prevent crowding on this trail. It’s a steep climb and if you’re the least bit afraid of heights, this may not be for you.
There’s also the Intihuantana Stone, once used by the Inca high priests that sits at the base of Machu Picchu; the Temple of the Sun which is a round stone tower containing the sun dial which was used by the ancients; the Temple of the Three Windows, which is a sacred temple located near the main square; and The Ruins of Intipata which is a newly discovered agricultural trail thought to once have been used by residents to reach Machu Picchu.
The purpose of visiting Machu Picchu is definitely to see the ancient ruins. They are the main attraction of the city. While seeing the ancient ruins is the main purpose of visiting Machu Picchu, there are other things to do. Hiking is very popular as is birdwatching. In fact, the area is very popular for sighting certain types of falcons and eagles.
If you find yourself exhausted from all the sights, you can go shopping or sit and enjoy a tasty meal in one of the many restaurants around. Machu Picchu is a must for anyone who loves the thrill of a good hike through a rainforest only to venture on a neck-breaking climb to reach these ancient ruins. You’ll never see anything quite like Machu Picchu on any of your other adventures.
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