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On my trip to Machu Picchu, this is what I saw upon first approach…A fortified Inca town in the Peru Andes Mountains, thought to be built in the 1400s (exact date unknown).  

The invading Spaniards never found Machu Picchu during the war and so the Peruvians hiding away and thriving here remained safe. The site was not discovered until 1911 (Can you imagine discovering a place like this?). Machu Picchu is noted for its dramatic position, perched high on a steep-sided ridge.  No one is certain about why the inhabitants here appeared to suddenly evacuate this seeming paradise.

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    • Hello, and thank you.

      It was in October. If you go, it will bend your mind, especially the journey there through van, train and bus…also seeing the Cuzco Region (Cusco). And, by all means, wear mosquito repellent. What a great adventure though. I would do this trip again, without question. ~ Sonya

    • You have to experience it yourself. Be prepared to possibly get sick for 2 days, book your train ahead of time and upgrade to the mid-class train for sure because the mid-class train is lined with windows and is fully air-conditioned and more time-efficient. Cusco is bizarre and cool, so stay there for at least 2 days.

      Once reaching MP, I stayed at the Sumac Hotel which was amazing…but I would have loved to have stayed at the Lodge on the Machu Picchu property. You need to book that NOW or it will be sold out. And, I hope the photos speak for themselves. ;) ~Sonya

    • Beautiful pictures Sonya, it is nice to visit when everything is green.
      For msuworld, for your first trip I would recomend the standard tours as you will get to see a wide variety of places, The three most common are the city tour, Sacred Valley and of corse Machu Picchu. The first two are usually full day toures and there are several options for MP depending on the time you have available I would suggest the three day tour. Mu wife and I have recently opened a bed and breakfast just outside Cusco and would be happy to answer any questions you have and assist you in planning your trip, iven if you dont want to stay with us. I love this area and have found there is so much more to the Cusco area than can been seen in the short time that most tourists visit.

    • I hired a guide on the spot, but he was very passionate about his work and a little long-winded…So I had hoped for more of a synopsis in order to breathe everything in, and to take in the scenery more–balanced with using my brain, ha.

      So, I would recommend to hire a guide (it is inexpensive), but tell him or her upfront, that you want to just touch on the “key points”, not too many details. That would be my preference. I remember more if I get the 101 class at first instead of immediate advance placement, anyway. ;) ~S

  1. How beautiful indeed the pictures and your description. Yes I remember this from my school geography days of the fascinating lost civilization – the Incas of the 13 century.

    Many thanks for sharing! Cheers :)

    • Thank you for your reply and you’re welcome!

      I remember being disappointed when sources such as wiki, and the guide explained that MP was estimated to be constructed in the 1400s (for some reason I wanted it to be more “ancient”)…although the Incas history dates back much earlier, of course. xx~Sonya

      • If it makes you feel any better Sonya, some archeologist estimate that a lot of the sites and structures that have been attributed to the Incan era may actually be pre Incan and that the Inca were merely the last society to occupy the sites. Unlike organic matter that is easily dated by carbon14 testing, stone construction is much harder to date. Most sites are dated by identifying and dating the relics found at them, so some of the sights, including Machu Picchu may be older than they suspect.

  2. Another very interesting place I get to see through your camera lense! What a beautiful and I would say spiritual place to visit.

  3. I was there 30 years ago and it still resonates with me. It was the closest I’ve ever come to a religious experience (I’m an atheist). In those days there was only one very small hotel, so before the busloads of tourists arrived at lunchtime, the morning was free of tourists. Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks Ironicallyrare! You’ve just added another trip to ‘the list’. It looks amazing and I am sure the history behind it, that is known makes it more incredible. The pictures remind me of Ireland, with all the stone walls and fences but the topography is even more scenic than there, if that is possible. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for the like on my blog Sonya, you’re pictures are beautiful. I just started my blog and have only gotten the one post up but Machu Picchu is going to be my next topic, I visited on my first trip back in 2006 and was amazed. I still cannot imagine how stones could be fit so perfectly without modern equipment; it is almost like each stone was poured into its location.

  6. I got altitude sickness upon arriving in Cusco. Thankfully, I got better and was able to complete the 4 day hike to Machu Picchu. The train ride back was a nice treat. Love your pics. I need to post mine! :)

  7. I live vicarously through your wonderful pictures. I almost don’t need a ticket! Love the way you capture the moments. Thank you for sharing and stopping by my blog!

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  9. I think I first started following your blog in part because of this post. The images are amazing. I wanted to reblog this at my site, with your permission, and also copy of few of these pics for the story at my site as well. A credit will be given to you of course. I would like to create a Travel section on my site and would like to introduce it with this post. Is that OK with you?

  10. Reblogged this on OUR LIFE IN 3D and commented:
    In my first Travel post I wanted to offer one of my favorite travel stories, visiting Machu Picchu, high up in the Andes Mountains (cool name for mountains, huh?) Ms. Iconicallyrare offers some great pictures of her visit and an introduction to the mystique of this civilization.

    This was the first post I saw of Ms. Rare and have been following ever since. She does an interesting blog on themes from Travel to Fashion and Elegance. Thankfully, for this boy, she does Male Fashion posts too. She does not post that often, maybe once a month. But I saw she owns about 18,000 followers so just replying to comments must take 4 days!.

    Give her blog a look. And check out these great, vivid travel pictures from a land I would love to visit but may never have the chance.

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