Visiting Machu Picchu in Peru

A greater understanding of its history that is impregnated in its people and the most impressive archeological sites is what Machu Picchu is all about. Standing at 2,430 m above sea level amidst tropical mountain forest in an extraordinarily beautiful setting, it is the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire. The rock cut terraces, the tall giant walls and ramps form natural settings on Eastern slopes of the Andes covering the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Among the heartening information about Machu Picchu, there is also the miserable news of its inhabitants that died from smallpox and other epidemic Introduced by travelers. The city was conquered by the Spanish around 1572. The sacred rocks were vandalized by the conquerors but in some other locations luckily it remained untouched and it became the land of uncanny mysteries and endless discoveries

Dating to the mid-1400s, it’s a marvel of mortar-free limestone architecture perched on a high plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle. Declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and subsequently declared as the World Heritage Sites as mandated by UNESCO, the feather on its cap of Machu Picchu was the New Seven Wonders of the World tag in 2007. The site has become all the more vulnerable to natural and man-made threats. Inevitable being natural occurrences like earth quake and harsh weather conditions that may wreak havoc. Monitoring the tourist movements by the authorities have helped in preserving the cultural and archaeological heritage of the site.

When I was waiting for my flight, one day at the lounge of CDG Airport in Paris, a European lady waiting for her connecting flight, was talking on the phone about her recent visit to Peru to see the new Seven Wonders of the World.  She was describing her trip so vividly like a school teacher, that some of the co-passengers started asking her questions enthusiastically. The person on the other side was also a travel…

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