There is an unbelievable amount of interesting history that's readily available to any traveler who decides to explore the beauty of Machu Picchu. Situated in the Cusco region of Peru, Machu Picchu (Lost City of Incas) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
To appreciate the architectural ingenuity of this ancient city that is strategically placed between two mountains – the southern Machu Picchu and the northern Huayna Picchu, you'll have to take the humbling Machu Picchu trek. Here are some reasons why people cherish the Machu Picchu trek;
To Witness its Archaeological Ruins and Splendid Structures
The ancient ruins of Inca are considered to be some of the most stunning sites in the world. In the north, you'll find ancient civilizations in the city of Chan Chan, while the south offers the Lake Titicaca, Nazca Lines and the city of Puno. Other remarkable structures within the city include the Astronomical Observatory, the Temple of the Sun, and the Intihuatana, which all point to a better understanding of the Sun and its planetary interplays.
To Meet the People and Experience Their Culture
It's always fascinating to meet new people and to try out new traditions. With the Machu Picchu trek, this is an achievable feat that's even more attractive. Many Peruvians are still attached to their Inca ancestors and proudly conserve the Quechua culture which is a significant part of their history.
To Appreciate Their Handcrafts
A trek to Machu Picchu is a unique opportunity to see the diversity in the Peruvian handcrafts which portray their stories, art, culture, and outstanding skills. From the textiles (scarves, decorative wall carpets, etc) which are woven by women to other great artisanal crafts (like canvas paintings and wood carvings), the Peruvians have got you covered.
To Indulge in Their Cuisine and Drinks
Peru not only has one of the finest cuisines in America, but also a variety of drinks that make you want more. Dishes like Ceviche Mixto, Lomo Saltado, Empanadas, Butifarra, and Tiradito are some of the must-try dishes in Peru while the Inca Kola, pisco sours, as well as their fine wines and strong beers, could get you addicted.
The "Lost City of Incas" has so many strong natural and cultural influences that have fascinated passionate trekkers for years, and still fascinates them till today.