It is time to travel to one of the world’s greatest manmade wonders, Machu Picchu. About 50 miles northwest of Cusco, tucked away in the Andes sits this impressive 5-mile citadel. Machu Picchu sits on a mountain ridge right above the Urabamba Valley about 2,500 meters above sea level. This remote location rendered the site inaccessible in its time. Even now, modern travellers must go to great lengths to visit Machu Picchu0.
Although a century has passed since the discovery of this world famous site, archeologists still remain baffled by it. The Incas left no written record about the citadel. Therefore, there is no definitive explanation regarding its existence and purpose. There are many facts concerning this area that will make you want to pack you bags immediately and visit Machu Picchu. Let’s begin with its construction; despite being built in the mid 15th century the stone slabs used for Machu Picchu’s construction were cut with laser-like precision. The Incas created a structure so exact that not even a knife blade can pass though the area between slabs. Precision and gravity hold everything together!
Want to see a World Wonder? Visit Machu Picchu
The Incas respected the relationship and the alignment that exist between the Earth and the Sun. They excelled in design and architecture. Machu Picchu consists of many different sections, one of them being Huayna Picchu. This tooth-shaped mountain peak’s purpose is unclear but practical uses for it include, the greeting of the Sun or a place where guards could keep watch. Then there is the Intihuatana Stone that is associated with being an astronomic clock, sundial, or measure for the Inca calendar. This stone is designed so perfectly that when the sun strikes it at either the spring or winter solstice, it casts no shadow. Incredible, isn’t it? The Incan appreciation of beauty, symmetry, and advanced technology rivals that of the ancient Greeks.
Machu Picchu gives the world astounding insight into the world of the Incas.
Machu Picchu contains polished dry-stone walls in classical Inca style. The location is home to three primary structures, Intihuatana (home to the supposed sundial), the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Three Windows. Not only is the site breath taking, it is also poetic in its symbolism. The Incas were fully aware our human dependency and went to great lengths to honor nature and its elements. Every window, every cut, every quarry seems to have some sort of meaning behind it, the fascinating details abound. Therefore, visit Machu Picchu with all the interest you can muster.
Machu Picchu has received an incredible amount of attention due to its extraordinary presence and is currently a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A worldwide Internet poll in named the historical site as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. So, what are you waiting for? Add Machu Picchu to your bucket list and start planning your trip; it’ll be wild but definitely worth it. Click on to read about what makes our Wildthentic trip to Machu Picchu extra special and unique.