Hey there! 🙃 Nice to see you again!
We are very excited that we are about to discover a new destination altogether. As you can guess from the title, we are going to Machu Picchu, aka the Old Peak ⛰!
A historical beauty that has been waited to be discovered for centuries...
Where is Machu Picchu?
Cusco, Peru 🇵🇪
How to go to Machu Picchu?
After reaching the city of Aguas Calientes, you may reach the entrance of the historical site by climbing the zig-zag road that takes about half an hour with the local buses, which cost 12 dollars one way.
It is worth reminding that since 2011, entry to Machu Picchu has been provided with a restriction by the decision taken by Dirección Regional de Cultura Cusco (DRC).
As Machu Picchu is slowly sinking into the ground, only a certain person can visit it. Therefore, it is useful not to leave your tickets until the last day. You can come here daily from Cusco, but watching the sunrise here is an important part of the experience.
For all these reasons, the number of tourists who can visit this place is determined as 2,500 per day.
Let's look at some historical facts about the place!
Discovery of Machu Picchu 👀
Although we learned what happened after the Spaniards in Peru from the historical diaries kept by the Spaniards, there was no trace of Machu Picchu in the diaries. So, the place has been a mystery for humanity! When an American historian named Hiram Bingham officially discovered it in 1911, this was the first time when humanity heard about Machu Picchu. In fact, Bingham was looking for the lost city of Vilcabamba, one of the last castles of the Incas, but when Machu came to Picchu, he thought he had found Vilcabamba. Just like Columbus exploring the American continent while trying to reach India. Bingham was only able to make a rough mark on the map, as Machu Picchu was surrounded by lush vegetation when he discovered this place. In the following years, he came here again and shared his findings with the world. During that time, he brought many historical remains such as ceramic pots, silver statues, jewelry, and human bones from Machu Picchu and its surroundings to the USA. His excuse was that Peru did not have the infrastructure and conditions to properly protect these historical remains. Later, the Peruvian government fought a long diplomatic struggle for the return of these historical relics to the country and eventually took them back party by party between 2006 and 2012. Today, all these retrieved finds can be seen in La Casa Concha Museum in Cusco.
Mysteries of Machu Picchu 😳
Machu Picchu's secrets are not completely resolved. Especially the purpose of the establishment of this campus is still a matter of debate and open to speculation. While some scholars think that this high-walled city established the culture of the Incas to defend the outside world, especially against Spanish influence, others think that the city became dehumanized and turned into a lost city before or during the Spanish conquests.
The closest theory to the present is that Machu Picchu may have been Pachacutec Yupanqui's summer palace or hermitage abandoned in the Spanish period. Having at least 8 roads leading to the city also supports the theory that it is one of the key centers of trade between the Amazon and the Andes. In addition, the fine stonework in the city showed that Machu Picchu was an active religious ceremony center.
Machu Picchu is on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List! 😎
This place was declared the Historic Sacred Temple of Peru in 1981. Later in 1983, it was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. In 2007, it became one of the New 7 Wonders of the World with votes from all over the world.
If you are imbued with the historical atmosphere of the place, then it's time for sharing our tips for travel.
You can visit Unesco's website to learn more about Machu Picchu's UNESCO status: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/274/
How Much Time Should I Take to Visit the Area? 🕖
3-4 hours is enough.
Where to buy the Tickets? 🎫
You can buy the tickets from this official link: https://www.ticketmachupicchu.com/
Materials Required With You: What to bring?😀
Water, sunscreen, hat, comfortable walking shoes… And of course, food... Cafes are outside of Machu Picchu. Since it will take you 3 hours to visit the area, it is useful to have food and drink with you. Normally, it is forbidden to bring food in, but they don't look for your bag.
Visiting Hours (Check this out!)
Everyday. From 6 am to 5.30 pm in the local time.
You can also visit the plave virtually by the following link:https://www.youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu 😇
Hope you enjoyed it! See you soon at Machu Picchu one day ...🙃