And there she is, dramatically placed on a mountain edge over Sacred Valley, 2430 meters above sea level: The lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Ever since I was a curious kid, and secretly (and way too young, mind I tell you) let the Conquistadors' tales keep me awake at night, this place has been on my want-to-visit-list. The scenery seems awesome and the ancient history and mystery coming to live here, makes it high up on my bucket list.
The city of the Incas is called a wonder of the world and is a UN World Heritage site. The Incas built it around 1450, probably for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438-1472). It was built in classical Inca style, and is the most important symbol of the lost Inca civilization. The city was however abandoned a century after it was built because of a Spanish conquest (ah - my ruthless conquistadors).
The historian and explorer Hiram Bingham is credited with finding the abandoned site and for bringing it to international attention in 1911. The site contained mummies and temples with various artifacts, and the stories and theories of the significance and mystery of both the items and the life in the city itself are many and colorful.
The place has become an important tourist attraction for Peru. Many of the buildings have been reconstructed so the visitors can get an idea of how the city originally looked like. The restoration work continues to this day.
So, dear reader, a world wonder today with ancient history and mystery. That makes it a dream destination for me. I hope you are ready for more travels?
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1-30 April I participate in the A to Z blogger challenge, and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs here. My theme for the challenge is Dream Destinations. I hope you had fun coming along? Please stay tuned for a new destination tomorrow.