A while ago I reblogged a post by travel blogger “KNYCX” about his trip to Amsterdam, a wonderful city that I myself fell in love with. I’m really getting to enjoy his other posts too, which really give you a “you are there” view of exotic places around the world. Here he’s gone and done one of the great archaeological and historical sites of the Western Hemisphere, the amazing Inca city of Machu Picchu. His lavish photography and engaging writing style really put you on the ground in Peru. Great job!

Finally, I was there! Yay! Machu Picchu is on my ultimate travel bucket list for so long because of its unique beauty and fascinating history.

The picturesque setting of ancient Inca ruins laying in front of the Huayna Picchu has been inspirations of countless arts, books, and films like “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Hayao Miyazaki’s “Castle in the Sky”. Yes! Finally, I made it there and from that moment on, I am unstoppable.

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Situated at 2,360 meters above sea level, in the Urubamba River Valley, the Machu Picchu Citadel was abandoned by the Incas in the 16th century when plagues afflicting the empire along with Spanish military campaigns waged by conquistadors. The “city in the sky” was then left behind, well protected by nature until it was once again discovered on July 24, 1911, by an American explorer, Hiram Bingham. Today, tourists could visit this one of the world’s greatest ancient wonders by train, or on foot.

Machu Picchu - The Main Temple and Intihuatana, the sun dialWhat is the best time to visit Machu Picchu? Most suggested the best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April to October in the dry season. The blooming season begins in October and continues until March. I visited there in December and luckily I still got to see the entire Huayna Picchu on day 1, and there’s a different kind of beauty seeing the hills embraced by the misty clouds #mistyclouds

Inca Trail

Going on a 4-day trek through the historic Inca Trail and reach Machu Picchu is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I had done so much research about the trek and sadly I couldn’t make it in the end because of the time constraints and tourist limit. I would recommend, though, any of my friends who are contemplating a visit to Peru going for it (or maybe I will go back there someday). The Inca Trail is a historic route used by the Incas in the old times to enter Machu Picchu. The trail goes through ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the picturesque Sacred Valley. To protect the trail from erosion and overuse, the Peruvian government is limiting the number of trekkers to about 200 each day per season; as a result, trekking groups always books out rather quickly, and sometimes books out months in advance.

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