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Machu Picchu — Feels Like Fantasy

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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  1. lifeisacelebration #

    What time of year was this? Have yet to visit Mp and your photos look so inviting!

    September 29, 2012
    • 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

      September 29, 2012
  2. msuworld #

    We are planning to go ..what’s so fun to do there and what is so special and how are the costs, can you please enlighten a little bit🙂

    September 29, 2012
    • 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

      September 29, 2012
    • 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.

      October 3, 2012
  3. une belle serie

    September 29, 2012
  4. Beautiful photos.

    September 29, 2012
  5. What a great post! And very timely, as I’m planning a trip here (from Lima) in March. Great pics!

    September 29, 2012
  6. How gorgeous. A place I always wanted to visit. Did you do a tour or go of on your own?

    September 29, 2012
    • 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

      September 29, 2012
      • Yes, too much talk, more feeling per favore! grazie for the advice!

        September 29, 2012
  7. Stunning.

    September 29, 2012
  8. beautiful…will go someday..:-)

    September 29, 2012
  9. A bucket list dream of mine! Your pictures are fantastic. What a world to visit! Can’t you just imagine the life there, so very long ago???

    September 29, 2012
  10. Fascinating. I’ve wanted to go to Machu Picchu for awhile actually! Great photos.

    September 29, 2012
  11. 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🙂

    September 29, 2012
    • 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

      September 29, 2012
      • 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.

        October 3, 2012
  12. Another very interesting place I get to see through your camera lense! What a beautiful and I would say spiritual place to visit.

    September 29, 2012
  13. Breathtaking photos. And fascinating backgroung info. This is at the top of my to-visit list!

    September 29, 2012
  14. Stunning photographs. Very interesting.

    September 29, 2012
  15. 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.

    September 29, 2012
  16. Beautiful photographs!!

    September 30, 2012
  17. Looks simply amazing. Thank you for sharing! What an experience that must of been. I’m adding Machu Picchu to my bucket list!

    September 30, 2012
  18. fivereflections #

    i would love to see the stars from here… i’ve heard they are the size of snowballs… mystical

    September 30, 2012
  19. Unbelievably beautiful landscapes!

    September 30, 2012
  20. Wow…0_0 ..amazing awesome photography …breathtaking scenery…

    September 30, 2012
  21. This place is one of the top items on my bucket list. This post inspires me make sure I do it soon! Fantasy! Ah!

    September 30, 2012
  22. 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!

    September 30, 2012
  23. Wonderful photos, Sonya – very inviting!

    September 30, 2012
  24. livvy1234 #

    Breathtaking! Absolutely astounding.

    September 30, 2012
  25. One of these days…fingers crossed. You definitely have me thinking about 40th wedding anniversary destination next Sept/Oct. Thank you, Nikki

    September 30, 2012
  26. Absolutely stunning, almost surreal…Thank you for sharing.

    September 30, 2012
  27. Thanks so much, Sonya, for the like on my post “Death Hollow, Utah” – it’s a far different landscape than this one, but both spectacular. I’ve shared this set of images with a pal of mine; we hope the get there someday soon!

    September 30, 2012
  28. i have one word: WOW!

    September 30, 2012
  29. Beautiful photo’s Sonya, I’m jealous of your talent and travels. Thanks for sharing.

    September 30, 2012
  30. Lucky you…visiting machu picchu has been a crazy dream of mine, So glad you shared these pictures and I hope you had lots of fun!!!

    September 30, 2012
  31. Beautiful. I feel like I need to create a screen saver or wallpaper background with your photos – they are breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!

    October 1, 2012
  32. lifestyletea #

    woooooooooooow.. I’ve always wanted to go there!

    October 1, 2012
  33. I wish I was there! Seriously – this place is on my bucket list.

    October 1, 2012
  34. WOW! WOW ! Amazing travel post. Beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing and I really appreciate you stopping by My Journal of Praise and liking posts.

    October 2, 2012
  35. Joe Labriola #

    Wow, extraordinary pictures! Well done, thanks! Must have been life-changing right?

    October 2, 2012
  36. 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.

    October 3, 2012
  37. 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!🙂

    October 3, 2012
  38. Absolutely stunning images!

    October 4, 2012
  39. One. Awesome. Place. I mean, seriously, seriously awesome. I’ve always wanted to go there myself – never managed it. Thank you for sharing!

    October 5, 2012
  40. That first shot is amazing…😉

    October 5, 2012
  41. Machu Picchu looks like a fantasy, Sonya! Love you photos and your blog. Thanks for visiting mine!

    October 6, 2012
  42. Fay #

    That looks like a truly amazing trip – beautiful pictures you got there. The second one looks like it could be a scene in avatar!

    October 7, 2012
  43. Awesome photos. I would so love to see that one day.

    October 8, 2012
  44. Pat #

    Brilliant photos and I am so green with envy it is very pretty.
    You are very lucky.🙂

    October 9, 2012
  45. OMG those pictures are so so beautiful! i felt like i was in a real life disney movie! such an amazing place

    October 10, 2012
  46. Beautiful. Machu Picchu is on my bucket list, but who knows when I get there. Thanks for following my blog!

    October 10, 2012
  47. Wow, those are amazing! I should definitely visit Machu Pichu. Thank you for sharing.🙂

    Subhan Zein

    October 12, 2012
  48. Such an inspiring and unique kind of beauty. Thanks for sharing.

    October 12, 2012
  49. WOW. This is beyond beautiful. Have just put this on my checklist of great adventures I must embark upon.🙂

    October 15, 2012
  50. Beautifully built and it’s a god gifted place🙂 Love it!!!

    October 18, 2012
  51. Amazing view..

    October 18, 2012
  52. Wow that place looks amazing! I have always wanted to go there! Great pictures!🙂

    October 18, 2012
  53. Your pictures are always so breathtaking. Thank you for sharing.

    October 21, 2012
  54. i cant recall if i asked you this before…but whose photo is that on your header? its so magical…in a vintagey kind of way!

    October 23, 2012
  55. 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!

    October 24, 2012
  56. Awesome!!!!

    October 24, 2012
  57. I’m so envious to that trip🙂 Your photos are amazing!

    December 13, 2012
  58. i’d love to visit there one day. thanks for sharing🙂

    January 23, 2013
  59. 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?

    February 27, 2013
  60. Hello. Of course, you are welcome to use this article, as well as the photos. I will be sure to check in on your travel section after you get it rolling. ~Sonya

    February 27, 2013
  61. 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.

    March 1, 2013

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