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Machu Picchu – Peru

Monday, June 3, 2013
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For a very, very, very long time, we were fascinated by the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. Actually, I know you might laugh, but at one point in my life, I thought of being an archaeologists historian. If there were such a thing. I had to be one in my past life, with all the unanswered questions and the thirst for traveling was bound to make me a good one too!

Machu Piccu is a ruin of an acient great city. There is only a hotel close to this ruin. Aguas Calientes which is somewhat the closest city.

One of the most intriguing places on earth, 7,000 feet above sea level and nestled on a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range, the majestic city soars above the Urabamba Valley below. The Incan built structure has been deemed the “Lost Cities”, unknown until its relatively recent discovery in 1911. Archaeologists estimate that approximately 1200 people could have lived in the area, though many theorize it was most likely a retreat for Incan rulers. Due to it’s isolation from the rest of Peru, living in the area full time would require traveling great distances just to reach the nearest village. {You can go back to our previous trip in Peru, the floating island} It has only been found 100 years ago!!

When on site you will see tombs, sacred rooms, sacred rock, sacred plaza { so important}, ancient grounds and endless breathtaking sites that will keep your jaw open the whole entire time! As you walk by every element you will hear tour guides in different languages giving lectures on the history and if you are anything like me, your ear will be bouncing from one tour guide to another, losing your own group and finding yourself in a totally different crew that you came with!

There are some great tour companies that will organize the tour for you and some that look dodgy, don’t go cheap! You can not buy entrance tickets on the door so book in advance! You can always camp or stay at a close bye hotel, but try to camp with everyone! It is an exhilarating experience!

In 1981, Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and in 1983 it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Additionally, on July 7, 2007 it was declared one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”

{ Tips } Book in advance for the Inca Trail – weeks in advance! – You can buy the tickets at Agua Calientes. It will take you 10 minutes to reach Machu Picchu Culture Center. Get a coat, it gets cold up there – Keep your passport, cash, and other documentation in your bag that you always carry and never ever leave them unattended – Don’t over-pack – it gets cold at night, very cold… make sure your camping gear is well equipped for this!

{Thanks to our beautiful friend Emily Baillie for the pictures she has taken while being there too! You can also follow her on Instagram @emilybaillie24}

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