Machu Picchu was built by the Incas in the 1400s and later abandoned. It is an impressive stone citadel built entirely without mortar and wedged discretely in between soaring mountains. The Incas lived there, farmed and worshiped there. It was ‘rediscovered’ by Yale professor Hiram Bingham in 1911, who was led there by a Peruvian guide (although some say a German explorer first set eyes on Machu Pichcu decades before).
Amazingly, Spanish conquerors never made it to Machu Picchu which is part of why it’s so well preserved. Nowadays, plenty of people make it there.
But despite hoards of people and expensive bus tickets, train tickets and entry tickets, Machu Picchu is well worth the visit.
In case you missed it, we hiked there on the Inca Trail. The day after the hike ended we returned to the ‘lost city’ to take more in.
Slightly more rested, we walked up to the postcard perfect view point and set on a ledge for a while. People watching and appreciating the beauty of this ancient wonder.
After our visit I recalled that I started a rudimentary bucket list back in 2012. The first item on the list? See Machu Picchu.