Visiting Machu Picchu

Situated nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and rewarding locations to go and visit in the world.  The ancient Incan citadel was built in the 15th century above the Urubamba river valley.  The location is popular not just just for its association with the ancient civilization but also for its remarkable architecture. This is because of the walls that are formed by massive stone that were layer without using any form of mortar, as well as the buildings that align perfectly with and play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views.  The location is truly a mystery.

The mystery surrounding the citadel come down to a few questions. Why was it built?  What was its purpose?  When was it built?  Why was it abandoned?  Though we cannot answer these questions, as many historians do not even know the answers, we do know that it is thought that it was built to serve as housing for Incan aristocracy after the Spanish conquest in 1532.  It is also believed that the location was used for military purposed or a defensive position to control potential rebellions, given its strategic location.  It is also believed that the location was abandoned after the last Incan rebel, Tupac Amaru was killed, as it would have been considered useless.

To conclude, Machu Picchu is clearly one of the wonders of the world, not only for its mystery but also because it was built the way it was on up high on a hill, and also because it blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, reflecting positively on whoever built the structure.  This is a special location that we definitely recommend everybody visits in their lifetime, as it truly is something you will never see again, and as photos really do not do the historic landmark it’s proper justice!

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