Get Inspired / South America / Peru First Eyes on Machu Picchu Tracie Thome Tracie Thome Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / South America / 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 Click here for HOT South America deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 3 Action-Packed Adventures in the Andes Read more Add or remove from Wishlist When to visit South America, season by season Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.