High in the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River Valley in Peru is the hidden city of Machu Picchu. A Quechua- Incan (Iknan)Citadel built around 1450 at the hight of the Inca Empire, it was one of the last strongholds of the Quechua people after the Spanish invasion.
The bus to Machu Picchu offers a spine tingling ride. At times the road narrows to a single lane winding around the mountainside. Often two buses will meet, one climbing the other descending, and one will have to back up in order to allow the other to pass. Trust me, sitting in the window seat can feel like a thrill ride!
On arrival at the site, get prepared to wait in line with dozens of other visitors from around the world. Once through the gates you begin a climb on stone steps and within minutes you get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. My first response was amazement, I couldn’t take in the grandeur of what my eyes were seeing. Having seen so many photographs of Machu Picchu throughout the years I was awe struck by the vastness and magnificence of the panorama before me. It took my brain a few seconds to make the adjustment that I wasn’t looking at a picture.
The site is large and you could spend days exploring. We had two days and although I was able to make my way around the entire site I would have enjoyed a few more. There is such a rich feeling of history it. Since it’s a Unesco Heritage site you also get a cool stamp on your passport!
For detailed information about the area Wiki media has some good information. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machu_Picchu
If you decide to visit may I recommend the touring company we used, GoToPeru. Their services can be tailored to your needs and their staff are exemplary. Also keep in mind tickets cannot be purchased at the site so purchase your tickets before you arrive at Machu Picchu.