Machu Picchu in Peru is a citadel nestled on a mountain surrounded by a bowl of picturesque peaks. It is suspended between two forested peaks with houses, temples and palaces. Many of its structures are poised to line up with the sun. As the morning clouds disappear, one can see its ruins terraced layer by layer along with some llamas grazing. Due to its beauty and ancient history, the site draws thousands of visitors every year. There are many Machu Picchu tour packages to suit globetrotters.
Sites to See at Machu Picchu
This hidden Incan city offers a hike along the Incan Trail, where hikers can marvel at the mastery of Incan architecture. The Incan Trail is a famous trek, where hikers can walk through a series of trails connecting to sacred religious sites, farmland and royal estates from the 14th and 15th centuries. Both private and group tours are offered. In addition to the Inca Trail, there are other paths where you can walk to the Sun Gate and the Inca Bridge. The Sun Gate is thought to be the original entryway into the city. Plus, there’s a trek from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu which provides an unforgettable vista of Machu Picchu.
The ritualistic Intihuatana is another popular site to see at Machu Picchu. It’s a tapered cuboid of stone that juts out from a plinth and aligns with the sun. It’s known as the “hitching post of the sun” and is believed to have served as an instrument for gazing at the stars and moon.
There are also agricultural terraces which cascade down the mountainside and resemble a huge staircase. From the top of Huayna Picchu, you can easily view this large complex. In the frontier-like town of AguasCalientes just below the ruins, you can view hot springs and murals along with shops and eateries. The Temple of the Condor is a carving of a large bird that features great wings.
Machu Picchu is littered with rudimentary sites that showcase the empire’s master builders. You’d be hard-pressed to slide a credit card in between any of its stones. It’s truly inspiring.
You can discover the wonders of Machu Picchu by booking a tour to the Incan Empire or combine a trip to Machu Picchu and a visit to the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon. Either way, it’ll be a wonder trip to South America.