When you experience the pure amazement upon first seeing "The Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu, you may feel an overwhelming revelation that anything is possible. The serene city is located on top of a mountain in the Peruvian Andes at 7,900 feet above sea level and about 75 miles northwest of Cusco, Peru. It is believed that Machu Picchu was built by the Incas around the 15th century, but was abandoned for unknown reasons sometime after the 16th century Spanish conquest.
During and after the Spanish invasion, many of the Incan cities were destroyed and Incan structures were replaced by European-inspired ones. For example, Catholic churches were sometimes built directly over Incan temples. However, probably as a result of its remote location, the unique city of Machu Picchu escaped destruction. After the city was abandoned, it remained untouched until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
The heart-stopping scenic beauty surrounding Machu Picchu and the hypnotizing sounds of the flowing Urubamba River are only part of the attraction. When you visit the site, you are allowed into a lost world that is still rich with history and archaeological wonder. The city consists of an extensive network of irrigational channels and terraces, intricately carved steps, ritual chambers, religious temples, alters, plazas and buildings with awe-inspiring stone work. The Intihuatana, or the "hitching post of the sun," is another fascinating sight that is said to have served as an astronomical calendar.
Green Tracks offers several options for taking an incredible journey to the city of Machu Picchu. You can take one of three Inca Trail treks into the city and experience the history of the Incas by visiting other ruins along an invigorating hike past jungles, forests, and mountains. You can also choose to stay in one of the luxurious hotels, river raft down the Urubamba River, and take tours of Machu Picchu and Cusco. Another option is to add any of these trips onto one of our Amazon tours for a full experience of the wonder Peru has to offer.
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