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Hidden high in the Peruvian Andes lies Machu Picchu, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. A former citadel of the ancient Inca civilization, discover the stories, mythology and historical significance of this amazing place.
What was once believed to be the city of the elite Incas, hidden away from the chaos of their bustling capital Cusco, enter Machu Picchu through its famous Sun Gate. Here, you’ll get your first glimpse of the small city that was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. While the city fell to disrepair following its abandonment – which was due to the arrival of the Spanish and the fall of the Inca Empire - most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed. This gives tourists a better idea of how the city originally appeared.
Explore this incredible archaeological site to discover what life was once like in this majestic citadel. Take some time to wander around Machu Picchu’s three main structures. Explore the Temple of the Sun, one of the most sacred sites of Machu Picchu, and see how the careful placement of the stone alter aligned perfectly with the rising sun. Marvel at the stone carvings of the Room of the Three Windows. Learn about the role of the Intihuatana, a beautifully carved rock that was the key tool of the Inca astronomers.
Another notable monument to visit is the Machu Picchu bridge, which once provided an alternative entrance to the great citadel. The only way to see this site is to trek to it. A Machu Picchu hike through the Peruvian Andes towards the bridge is a breath-taking experience in-and-of-itself, where you’ll walk through lush forests and see great river canyons stretch out beneath you. Once at the bridge, you’ll learn about how the strategic placement and removal of this treacherous wooden bridge often made the difference between life and death.
With so much to uncover about this ancient citadel, breathe in the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is a trip to Machu Picchu Peru.
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