The Inca Trail hardly needs any introduction. This legendary trail leads to mysterious Macchu Pichu, recently voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu is both the best and the least known of the Inca ruins. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists today can do no more than speculate on its function. The local Quechua farmers in the area knew of Machu Picchu for centuries, but it was not until an 11-year-old boy led the American historian Hiram Bingham to the site on July 24, 1911, that the rest of the world became aware of its existence. At that time the site was covered in thick vegetation, and Bingham and his team returned in 1912 and 1915 to clear the growth. Over the years, much work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.
I absolutely loved this city, and I could easily have spent more time there. The architecture is lovely, with a definite European, colonial feel. If you feel like shopping, you’re in for a treat, with lots of lovely jewellery, handcrafts … Continue reading