WC was fortunate enough to get to visit Machu Picchu, the Incan fortress in the Urubamba Valley, in southcentral Peru. The place is every bit as amazing and spectacular as its reputation makes it.
While WC has written about the experience before, The place is easily worthy of a second blog post. Because the “standard shot” above doesn’t begin to capture the the scale of Machu Picchu. Likely WC’s 500 plus photos fail as well, but here’s a start.
Archaeologists have figured out the function of some of the structures, but many of them are the subject of informed speculation. Rather than simply relay science’s guesses and half guesses, WC will simply offer the photos. But do note the other tourists in the photographs to give you a sense of scale.
It was built in the 15h Century, and abandoned about the time of the conquistador invasion in the 1570s. The blend of undisturbed native rock and unmortared stone is simply astonishing.
It was “rediscovered” in 1911 by American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham who travelled the region looking for the old Inca capital and was shown to Machu Picchu by a local farmer. The local farmer was unaware the site was “lost.” Bingham was looking for something else. Which just goes to show.
WC said it before: put this place on your bucket list. You won’t regret a visit.