Vicky Waller's goal
45) Visit Machu Picchu
In 1911, Hiram Bingham an American archaeologist discovered
the lost city of Machu Picchu. Located high in the Peruvian
Andes, the site remains impressively preserved and dates from
the mid-1400s around the time of the ancient Incan empire.
It is thought the city may have been a religious centre, but in
truth, the purpose of the city, and the reason why the city
was abandoned remains a mystery.
You too can visit this unique historical site. After transferring
from the Peruvian capital Lima to the closest airport at Cuzco,
it may be a good idea to remain in Cuzco to acclimatise to the
altitude. This in itself is worthwhile as it gives you the
opportunity to explore the old Incan capital with its colonial
buildings and Baroque cathedral.
To visit Machu Picchu itself, you can either take the four-day
hike along the 'Inca trail' or you can take a train to the
station immediately below the city. Either way, the trip is
spectacular with awe-inspiring views, and the first moment
you look out over the city is unforgettable.
|Date goal set:
||8th Jul 2011
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