Unforgettable trip to Peru's Machu Picchu

11th Apr 2013

A visit to Machu Picchu in Peru is the trip of a lifetime, and one a lucky couple will never forget.

Reality TV interior design guru Nate Berkus popped the question to his boyfriend Jeremiah Brent at the 15th-century Inca site during a holiday with friends.

Machu Picchu's star attraction is the 550-year old citadel, constructed in the spectacular setting of a saddle between two forest-clad Andean peaks.

The name Machu Picchu means "old mountain" in the Quechua language and most archaeologists believe the site was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti.

Situated a dizzying 7,973ft above sea level, the village-sized ruins are surrounded by adjoining forest and wilderness parkland, covering more than 116 square miles in total.

Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, the humid subtropical forests provide a safe habitat for endangered species such as the spectacled bear, and a massive variety of ferns and palms.

Visitors can get to Machu Picchu via a hike on mountain trails or a train trip through the valley of the Urubamba River, known as the Sacred Valley.

However they choose to arrive, there's no question that the awe-inducing ruins, swirling clouds, grazing llamas and breathtaking views will leave them departing with memories they'll cherish forever.

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