A mystical mountain range,
the Andes rise majestically to the heavens.
Here is where the Incan empire once thrived, a civilization with expertise in agriculture, architecture, astronomy and much more. Nestled in a valley surrounded by the vertically rising Andes is Machu Picchu. “Rediscovered” by adventurer and Yale Professor Hiram Bingham in 1911, much of Machu Picchu remains a mystery to this day. Was it a palace? A place of worship? Or perhaps a hideaway from the conquering Spaniards?
The mystery surrounding those questions make it that much more magical. When Hiram Bingham was first brought there by native Andeans, the entire area was covered with vegetation. What was revealed when the brush was burned away was captivating and intriguing.
At Machu Picchu, you’ll find terraced planting areas, strategically engineered to balance both the soil’s fertility and water drainage. You’ll marvel at the magnanimous architecture, devoid of cement, each stone cut perfectly to fit precisely in place. You’ll be intrigued by the culture’s appreciation of astronomy and its immanent spirituality.
Indeed, Machu Picchu is a must-see destination for those inquisitive of mind and adventurous of spirit.