Machu Picchu, a marvelous and highly intricate ancient city made out of dry-stone carved in such way to fit each other perfectly! An unforgettable experience for you, your mind, heart, body, and all five senses!
The view will take your breath away, literally. Perched in the high, thin air of South America's Peruvian Andes mountains, Machu Picchu sits majestically above the Urubamba Valley. The lost city of the Inca's will impress even the most jaded traveler. This New Seven Wonder from Peru was built around 1430 AD as a Fortress where sacred ceremonies, such as Inti Raymi (Sun Feast) were held. It is allocated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows.
Most of the roughly 150 buildings in Machu Picchu were built of granite so their ruins look like part of the mountains. The Inca made regular blocks of granite fit so tightly together (without mortar) that there are areas where a knife cannot fit between the stones. Many buildings had trapezoidal doors and thatched roofs. They used irrigation to grow corn and potatoes. Smallpox devastated the Machu Picchu before the conqueror of the Inca, the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro, arrived. Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered the ruins of the city in 1911.
Among Machu Picchu’s classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls constructions, these are its primary buildings:
- Intihuatana, literally meaning ‘sun tier’ or ‘where the Sun is held’ it is believed to have been a solar calendar due to the name and the top four angled stone which faces the cardinal directions.
- The Temple of the Sun, used to honor and celebrate the Sun. When the sun of the winter solstice enters through the central window, it falls directly on the large ceremonial stone. The round building protects the stone.
- Room of the Three Windows, these are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu.
But even after reading all this you still wonder, why you should I go to Machu Picchu? Aside from being an ancient city full of mystery, because even today, the ruins still remain the same and are a true symbol of the power that the Incas held back in those times. Also, it is a beautiful place to visit if you like architecture; the way it was built remains unknown. There are simply no words to express what you feel once you are on top of Machu Picchu and get to see the sunset on the horizon. The moment you see Machu Picchu, you understand how wonderful this civilization was. You keep asking yourself how they managed to build such a large empire and how it is still alive to remind us of the great history it once held and where it prospered.
Also because it affects our world today as we live without making a stop and never turn around to see how beautiful the world is without sky-high buildings, TV, and internet. When your soul needs a pause, you look for mother nature to heal your wounds. And it's just what Machu Picchu is, your connection with the ancient world and with nature itself. Feel such mysticism as you walk around Machu Picchu, almost receiving the same energy as when the God Sun was adored and blessed by its children (the Incas).
And that's also why it continues to be visited today, because people are still attracted by its mystery and astonishing look. When you first see it, most definitely you will be left with no words. It's an incredible feeling of going back to those times, of seeing how the Incas lived and how powerful they were, of seeing how much they adored their gods.
You are now one step closer to this magnificent city, isn’t Machu Picchu worth visiting. Certainly it is!