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First Eyes on Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Tracie Thome
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Machu Picchu Peru

First Eyes on Machu Picchu

story by: House of Travel Specialist

Machu Picchu: the lost civilisation of the Incas. The name alone conjures up images of an ancient, powerful and spiritual people.  There are few places on earth that have intrigued and captivated me from afar as these glorious ancient ruins. Machu Pichu was built by the Incas around 1450, but it was abandoned during the Spanish Conquest, a century later. Although locals knew of it, it was lost to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911. Now, hundreds of thousands visit the ruins each year and it has become one of the most well-known icons of the Incan civilization. It is accessible from the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco in Peru and sits high in the eastern slopes of the Andes, rising to an altitude of 2430 metres above sea level.
 
I recently had the opportunity to finally cross Machu Picchu off my bucket list and all I can say is that the ruins did not disappoint.  You know you are standing in greatness when you feel a part of your soul connect with your surroundings.  I am not sure if this was due to the dedication ceremony to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) our guide encouraged us to partake in or just the spirit of this incredible place, but I can honestly say that my soul rejoiced.   It was a truly humbling experience and there is definitely a special energy emanating all around.  We spent a day wondering around the ruins and learnt so much from our knowledgeable and passionate guide, who is descended from the Incas and still maintains their religion.  I think this personal and historical touch added to the magic that is Machu Picchu. 
 
I arrived at Machu Picchu thinking that it would be interesting tour and offer a glimpse into an ancient civilization but I left with an enlightened mind and lighter soul: an experience I have yet to find anywhere else in the world.

By House of Travel Specialist: Tracie Thome

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