One of the most iconic archaeological sites in South America, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu was believed to be built in 1450 but later abandoned by the Inca civilisation a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest. Luckily, it was never discovered by conquering Spaniards and remained undamaged and unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham was guided to it by locals in 1911. It’s popularity continue to increase and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
My venture to Machu Picchu involved a four-day-three-night hike on the Inca Trail (something that I will blog in a later post). For travellers who prefer a less arduous route, you can opt to reach this wonder by taking a train to Aguas Calientes followed by a short bus ride.
Our final hike on Day Four was from the Winay Wayna campground to Intipunku (Sun Gate) with hopes to view the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, the bad weather followed us and we were met with fog and rain. The bad weather decided to stay for a couple of hours and when it finally decided to leave, we stood in awe and was completely smitten with the architectural wonder.
The view was breathtaking and combined with the enigmatic history of the citadel, visitors could not help but admire its beauty. Here are some of my photos
I feel so accomplished that I managed to tick this off my bucket list as well as achieve one of my Five before Thirty Five goals! It was an amazing experience and something that I highly recommend!