One hundred years ago this year, a long lost civilization was rediscovered after being swallowed by the dense jungles of the Andes. Located high in the Andes of Peru, Machu Picchu, also known as the Lost City of the Incas, is one of the most distinguishable historical sites in the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Tradewinds Vacations invites you to take a look into the history of this, one of the worlds most well known destinations for travel.
Standing 2,430 m above sea level, surrounded by some of the most stunning views in South America, Machu Picchu offers not only a rich history but also some amazingly diverse ecosystems in the world.
Constructed in the 1400’s, Machu Picchu was only rediscovered by accident in 1911 when it is said that an American archaeologist named Hiram Bingham, stumbled upon the ruins on expedition. Historical research of the area has led researchers to believe that although Machu Picchu is one of the largest Incan ruins in the world, it was never inhabited by more than around 700 people at a time, making it more of a resort area for the Incan’s of the time. Abandoned just 100 years after its completion, Machu Picchu was swallowed up by the surrounding forests until the time when Bingham accidentally rediscovered this amazing historical site of interest.
Exploring Machu Picchu Today
Not far from the city of Cuzco, cultural and adventure tourists often leave from this area for a day trip or perhaps an overnight stay in another city called Aguas Calientes. Those hiking in have a few options to choose from including the Inca Trail Trek, which requires a multiple day trek up the mountain, a great choice for the adventurer or leaving from Aguas Calientes which gives you the option of a walk or a bus ride. This is much faster but you will be spending time waiting in lines as this is the easiest and therefore the most popular way of getting to Machu Picchu.
What you Need To Know
- Learn about the city before you go so you know what you want to see before you get there.
- Bring extra money. Machu Picchu is not cheap and it will cost you to see this site.
- Don’t forget your passport as you may be asked for it when you arrive at the area.
These are the most popular sites of interest:
- Main Temple
- Temple of the Sun
- Temple of the Three Windows
- Temple of the Condor
- Sun Gate
Tradewinds Vacations invites you to adventure. When visiting Peru, if you are up for an historic or cultural experience that you will never forget, contemplate spending some time exploring the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Travel and explore the sites that make the world such an amazing place. Tradewinds Vacations encourages you to get out and enjoy travel more.