We divided our visit to Machu Picchu into two articles because we didn’t want to spoil the article about Machu Picchu with the problems we had with our tour.
Machu Picchu is on the list of 7 wonders of the world. Well deserved if you ask me. Looking at the list (Colloseum, Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer, The pyramids of Giza which we all visited before) this one made the biggest impression on me. Coming to a world famous place you always remember the first sensation when you catch the first glimpse of the site. I will never forget the mysterious feel this place has.
Machu Picchu was built around 1450 at the peak of the Inca empire. It became world famous when in 1911 Hiram Bingham found this ancient city (eventhough the locals knew all along about its existance).
It is on World Heritage List by Unesco. It is very popular with tourists for a reason. It is one of the most mystical, beautiful places we have ever visited. Due to high numbers of tourists there has been some calls to action to reduce the numbers of tourists. For example, two months ago they closed the access to the Inti watana (solar clock), now you can see it from about 2 metres distance.
We walked through the stone city, impressed how logically it was built. Must see’s are Inti Watana, the sun palace, water mirrors for observing the sky, the residential part of Macchu Picchu… We walked to the sun gate to get a sight from above. Magnificent.
I’m sure you are not that interested in our emotions or the history of the place, that´s why we will let you enjoy our photos.