Machu Picchu: Beyond History and Beauty

Located on a magnificent mountain ridge just above the Urubamba Valley, Peru, Machu Picchu is commonly called as the Lost City of the Incas. It was in 1981 when the pre-Columbian Inca site was named as a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary. With its natural beauty and great history, Machu Picchu has been voted as among the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

According to archaeologists, the site was built with 1450 during the Inca Empire. As a heritage site, UNESCO has described it as a supreme masterpiece of architecture and it serves as an exceptional testimony to the Inca civilization.

Presently, the ruins of Machu Picchu have been divided in two sections. The first sector is the Agricultural Sector while the other one is the Urban sector. These sectors are divided a sturdy wall. Taking a closer look on the site and ruins, one would notice several design details of the Inca walls. According to sources, these are intended to protect the people against collapsing during an earthquake. Through time, Machu Picchu has become a fascination to many tourists and from the time when it was discovered, its number of visitors has increased reaching to 400,000 tourists in 2003.

Personally seeing and feeling the ruins of Machu Picchu is certainly more exciting and fun than viewing them in photos and videos.