Adventuring Abroad: Road to Machu Picchu

Several years ago I took a trip to see the ruins at Chichen Itza. To say I was impressed with the industriousness of the Mayan builders is an understatement, especially considering that my building skills begin and end with IKEA furniture. In any event, I was blown away by the magnificent structures. Then I visited the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. With all due respect to the Mayans, Machu Picchu is in a league of its own.

View from the top: Machu Picchu

We spent a lazy day in Cusco to help get over the mild altitude sickness before heading to the site, and we were glad we rested up. When you enter Machu Picchu, you’ll climb a steep trail to reach the top of the site. However, once there, it’s all downhill (literally) and you will see sights that simply take your breath away (also literally). Our tour guide told us that Machu Picchu was a sacred site selected for its position relative to the mountains around it, though there are many theories as to why the site was selected and built upon.

Our guide is not afraid of heights!

Regardless of the unknowns, Machu Picchu is the most spectacular thing I’ve ever laid eyes on. Its mysteries are fun to think about, and you will appreciate the capabilities of man in a whole different way. Plus you will be in awe of the beauty here, I promise. Machu Picchu is, after all, truly a wonder of the world.

A view of the surrounding mountains

TIL at Machu Picchu:

  • Macchu Piccu is built atop a 1,480 ft. mountain
  • No one is sure why the Incas abandoned the site, though one theory is that they left to protect the site from Spanish invaders
  • It has an irrigation system that is still doing its job today
  • The builders terraced the site to avoid erosion and provide protection from invaders
  • Still not impressed? It’s been around since 1450. Enough said.

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