Visiting Machu Picchu

Today we went to Machu Picchu.

It is called one of the seven wonders of the modern world — and now I know why.

It was an incredible experience. I am sure it will be the highpoint of our entire trip to Peru.

We took a half hour bus ride, a three hour train ride, then another half hour bus ride to get there.

We spent almost four hours with a guide walking and climbing around Machu Picchu. And then we reversed the trip back.

But it was totally worth it all!

You can Google and get a fuller description of this marvelous place, but here are major points —

About 500 years ago, the Incas built the city of Machu Picchu, high in the mountains. It was a city for the elites of Incan society, and it included houses, public spaces, temples and other buildings.

The Spanish conquered the region shortly thereafter, and ruled it for hundreds of years. But they never discovered Machu Picchu, given its very remote location.

It was not until about a hundred years ago that it was found by Yale archeologist Hiram Bingham. Since that time it has been visited by vast numbers of people, despite how hard it is to get to.

I am about out of superlatives to use to describe it — you simply have to see it to believe it.

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