Machu Picchu is a mystery tucked away in the rocky countryside that has not been solved up to this day. The history of this place is filled with mystery and there is no better way to find out the key than to visit a gorgeous “Lost City” yourself.
Some scientists are hung up on the idea that the city is used to be a royal estate or a sacred religious site. However, even back then the place was incredibly hidden and protected. One must have traveled long valleys and go through numerous checks to be able to get in the city located at 2350 m.
Some scholars claim that the city in Peru is older than it is commonly believed, and it was built by representatives of several civilizations at the same time, emphasizing that the lower layers of buildings were built with the help of unknown technologies. They pay special attention to the fact that the lower slabs of older buildings are carved out of stone, perfectly processed and represent a true architectural masterpiece, while other buildings located around these buildings are not so valuable and fully correspond to the level of development of Indians of those times.
That’s is why Machu Picchu guided tours are so popular amongst adventure lovers!
For many years, after the Spanish invaders ruined Incas civilization in the sixteenth century, only peasants who lived nearby knew the city. It was until Hiram Bingham came around and discovered the city scientifically. However, many people argue that Machu Picchu was not forgotten after all. When the expedition stumbled upon the site, three families of farmers were living there. But during the Inca tours, the city found a new lease of life.
One of the most popular ways to get to Machu Picchu is a drive from Cusco. Distance from Cusco to Machu Picchu is only 74.7 km. And after a drive, there is a hike up to Aguas Calientes. After 3 hours you are good to go on your Peruvian adventures in “Lost City”.
Nowadays, tourists from all around the world go on Machu Picchu trek to gaze at splendid stone monuments. It is said that during construction of more than 150 building of which city consists no wheels were used. Fifty pounds worth of heavy stones were pushed up the mountainside by men. Whatever you end up doing – be a lucky one who gets to climb Huayna Picchu or even visit the Temple of the Moon – you will surely be blown away by the atmosphere of the authentic Inca culture.