Central and South America
MACHU PICCHU, PERU
MACHU PICCHU, PERU – History and beauty converge in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. If you’re drawn to dramatic beauty of mountain ridges, tropical mountain forest land and the mystery of the “Lost Cities”, the majestic city of Machu Picchu is your ideal travel destination. It is one of the new seven wonders in the modern world. Located an amazing 7,000 feet above sea level and nestled into the Andean Mountain Range rests the “City of the Incas”. A relatively new discovery to present civilization, discovered in 1911, archaeologists believe it was likely a retreat for Incan rulers. It is a place where hikers and tourists are struck by sentiments of beauty of the remains of sacred structures which overlook the lush Urubamba Valley. The walls, terraces and ramps of this “urban creation” are seamlessly cut into cliffs and buffs and blend naturally into the hillside, its peak surrounded in sheer mountain beauty. Man and nature join together to create a mystical experience fit for exploration. One may walk the Inca Trail or take a bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu to climb the ruins and explore and absorb the beauty of the stunning city. To avoid disturbance of the ruins, the number of visitors per day may be limited. One may wish avoid travel to the region during rainy season, typically from November to March, though expect the dry season from April to October to be more crowded with tourists. Dangers can arise from traveling during the rainy season due to landslides and flooding. The Inca trail is closed during the month of February due to hazards. On average, the temperature fluctuates from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but high above sea level may be extremely cold. While a trip to this far and distant land is bound to be a most memorable experience, one must be in decent physical shape and enjoy high altitudes and adventure amidst a sub-tropical jungle environment.