Machu Pichu Peru

La Ciudad Perdida de los Incas Machu Picchu

Machu Pichu Peru

Machu Pichu Peru
by Brian Snelson

Machu Pichu Peru

Machu Pichu Peru
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Do you want a piece of real Hispanic culture? Travel to Machu Pichu Peru, the Lost City of the Inca. What is this archeological site? It is one of the new seven wonders of the world, and one of the ancient Inca cities that promises one of the best trips of your life. As a cultural experience these Inca ruins are an example of what native South American engineering and design was.

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Traveling through Machu Picchu is like rediscovering the pure essence that existed before Spaniards arrived in America.

The city of Machu Pichu Peru survived the Spanish onslaught against the Inca Empire because Spaniards never found it. It is beautifully constructed in the typical Inca style using polished dry-stone walls of regular shape.

Where Is Located and When to Go

The Lost City of the Inca is located in the south western chain of mountains called the Andes, in the Urubamba Valley. The town of Machu Picchu is connected to the city of Cusco by a railway system. The total trip takes about three hours and covers a distance of 110 kilometers.

The best time to travel to Machu Pichu Peru is during the dry months from October to April. If traveling with children, I recommend you to take children older than 10 years. Prepare them for long walks, explain in advance the conditions, since it is a bit rough and requires a good amount of walking. There are steep drops, areas off limits, and sometimes slippery conditions.

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What Was the Purpose of The Lost City of the Inca?

There are many hypothesis explaining what this archeological site is, but there is no conclusive evidence to prove any of them.

Hitching Post of the Sun

Different theories say it was a special retreat for the royalty of Cuzco, a settlement built to control the economy of these conquered regions. a secret ceremonial city, or even the estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti.

Others say it was an observatory because of the presence of the Hitching Point of the Sun, a set of stones in the citadel that point directly at the sun during the winter solstice.

Facts About Machu Picchu

  • Machu Picchu means old peak in Quechua, an ancient Native American language of South America.
  • The city is located 8,000 ft above sea level in the mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru.
  • This ancient Inca city is about five square miles, not visible from below, and it is completely self-contained.
  • One of the most interesting facts about Machu Pichu is that it was build around 1460 AD and a hundred years later the Incas abandoned it.
  • In spite of many years of scientific research and unearthing of the site, nobody has been able to produce enough evidence to exactly pinpoint the purpose of Machu Pichu.
  • Hiram Bingham is credited with rediscovering Machu Picchu in 1911, but the names of Enrique Palma, Gabino Sánchez, and Agustín Lizárraga are engraved in one of the Machu Picchu rocks with the date July 14, 1901.
  • In 1983 the UNESCO declared Machu Pichu a World Heritage Site.
  • The preservation of Machu Pichu Peru faces big challenges. Little regulation by Peruvian government, a rapid increase in tourism, and environmental and conservation issues make it one of the most endangered ruins in the world.
  • In 2007 Yale University agreed to return a large group of artifacts that were excavated at Machu Picchu in 1912, according to The New York Times article “Yale Officials Agree to Return Peruvian Artifacts” by Randy Kennedy published in September 17, 2007.

Machu Picchu Pictures

Want to see real Machu Picchu pictures from travelers like you? Go to my mini-picture guide to this amazing Inca ruins.

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A Small Photographic Guide of the
Lost City of the Inca

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Many times people ask me what are the specific parts I consider the most impressive of the Machu Picchu ruins, and I let them know it is very difficult to select just a few. Here I put together a brief photographic mini-guide to let you have a taste of this powerful ancient ruins.

What to See… Machu Picchu Pictures

When visiting this phenomenal Inca ruins make sure you capture these places…

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Machu Picchu is divided in two parts, the urban section and the farming section. The farming terraces are a magnificent creation that probably made the city self-sufficient. Others believe the terraces may have protected the city from sismic activity.

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When you enter the city by using the main entrance you will see the Guard’s House located in the agricultural section. Here’s an optimum chance to map out your visit to the ruins. This is one of the best places to snap shots as it allows you to see every place in the city.

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Enter the Urban Site. In the upper building complex you can see one of the principal housing areas. By now you may have noticed the polished dry stone walls without any joint material, this method is called ashlar. Not even a thin knife blade fits through.

 

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Inca houses had connected roofs. The doors and windows are trapezoidal in shape, and typical “L” shaped blocks usually joint outside corners. The walls in the houses are offset slightly from row to row, making the city fair well after earthquakes.

 

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This round structure is The Temple of the Sun. In the middle you can see a rock with a straight edge that precisely aligns with the light falling through the only window of the temple during the Summer solstice.

Beside the temple you can also see The Room of the Three Windows and the Hitching Post of the Sun. These buildings honored Inti, the Inca’s sun god and greatest deity.

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The Temple of the Moon is made of a natural cave with five niches sculpted into a white granite stone wall.

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The city has a built-in water system for allowing the fountains’ water to run from one tub to another.

The system still works today. The water comes from an underground spring not far away. Water was very important amongst the Inca who worshiped it.

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This is one of my favorite Machu Picchu pictures. It shows the Dry Moat at Machu Picchu that separates the urban site from the agricultural area.

Titicaca Lake Peru

I encourage anyone who wants to experience true Hispanic culture to travel to Titicaca Lake, Peru. Located in the high Andes, specifically Puno, it is by far the largest navigable lake in the world.

Did you know this lake nurtured Peru’s Inca civilization? Today it serves the same purpose to the Aymara people who live on its shores.

The Titicaca Lake is a sacred place for the Inca civilization. Manco Capac, the first Inca King was born here, and also here is where the world was created from, according to Incan Mythology.

Where is Located and When to Go

Titicaca Lake is located between Bolivia and Peru, and it is the largest lake in Latin America.

Titicaca Lake Peru

The best time to visit is from May to October. Keep in mind its dry, cold climate that frequently falls below freezing in the Winter nights of July and August during the high season, and its strong sun during the day.

Don’t Miss…

When visiting Peru, Puno is one of the best towns to stay in. It can serve you as a hub to book tours to the islands, and to enjoy first hand mingling with the locals in the bars at night. You can also visit the outdoor market which is colorful and typical.

The Uros Islands or the Floating Islands, more than 40 of them, are the creation of the indigenous people who make them out of reeds that naturally grow on the banks of the lake. The inhabitants constantly add reeds to the surface to maintain the islands.

Taquile Island, Titicaca Peru

Taquile Island is another marvel with no electricity or cars. The Taquile people show their uniqueness in culture through their hand work and attire. For example, the chullos or caps describe a person’s role. Singles wear red and white caps, leaders wear black ones, and married men and women red ones. Taquile textiles are sought after for their colorful and exquisite hand made work that reflects customs and beliefs.

Amantani Island, Titicaca Peru

Looking for a more traditional island? Visit The Amantani Island close to the Taquile Island. I recommend staying overnight to enjoy the every night party where local people invite tourists to dance and you can wear their traditional attire.

 

Uros Islands, Titicaca Peru

The Island of the Sun is the biggest island on Titicaca Lake. Explore it by taking one of the two paths from the south to the north along the beach side (5 hours), or by going across the mountain range at the center (3 hours). Your children may love the Gold Museum showing many Inca treasures, and the Fountain of Youth.

Tips When Visiting Titicaca Lake Peru

  • Keep in mind the locals are the ones who issue permits to sleep overnight in the islands. Therefore they control the tourism.
  • Beware… the islands don’t have electricity, cars, and the homes don’t have many of the comforts we are accustomed to.
  • For a true experience plan to stay overnight in one of the islands. You will be staying in the home of one of the indigenous people. Forget about the shower and be prepared to live side by side with the locals while sharing their life.
  • It is a unique experience for children. It is inexpensive but requires some endurance as rides to reach the Titicaca Lake and the islands take hours to complete.
  • To discover the Titicaca Lake in Peru, you can either do it yourself or buy a tour in Puno for a far better price than the one you would pay if you book it through an agency in advance.

Traveling to Angel Falls Venezuela

Facts,  Tips, Must Do Activities and Best Lodges & Posadas

Hidden away in one of the most remote regions of Venezuela awaits a spectacular experience: Angel Falls Venezuela.  Traveling to the falls isn’t easy, but if you take the time and make the effort you will be rewarded with an unforgettable experience.

Angel Falls Facts

At Angel Falls, water plummets 3,212 feet down the sheer rock face of a sandstone mesa in a dramatic plume of water and explodes in a cloud of mist.  Twenty times higher than Niagara Falls, Angels Falls is actually the tallest waterfall in the world.

Its waters often seem to descend from out of a cloud, and you might assume this is why they have the heavenly name Angel Falls. In reality, the falls bear the name of Jimmy Angel, an aviator who landed atop the falls in the 1937, hiked back to civilization in 11 arduous days, and brought this beautiful place to the world’s attention.

Another interesting Angel Falls fact is that it served as the inspiration for Paradise Falls in the movie “Up.”

El Salto Angel (completamente alucinante y magico)

 

Tips for Travelers

When to Go: The best time to visit Angel Falls Venezuela is at the tail end of the rainy season, in November or December. During this time, the falls will be powerful and impressive, and the top of the falls is less likely to be shrouded in clouds.

How to Get There: Your trip to the fall will leave from Canaima, which is only accessible by plane. You can fly there from Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolivar.  If you stop in Ciudad Bolivar, you can see a replica of Jimmy Angel’s plane outside the airport.

Where to Stay: You can find plenty of lodges and “camps” around Canaima, but the best of the Angel Falls hotels is Waku Lodge followed very closely by Jungle Rudy’s. See the ranking of Canaima National park lodges here.

What to Bring: You will definitely want to bring your camera to Angel Falls Venezuela! On a more practical side, you will need a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray, as well as sturdy boots for your jungle hike to the falls, and river shoes or sandals and a swimsuit for your time at the falls.

3-Must-Do Activities

1. Hike to the Falls: If you want to truly experience the awesome power of Angel Falls you must get up close and personal.

A four-hour ride in a wooden canoe (aka curiara), followed by a 90-minute hike will bring you to the pool at the base of the falls. Take a swim and enjoy the sights and sounds of the falls.

2. Explore Canaima National Park: After traveling for days to get to Canaima, you might as well explore as much of the park as you can. One popular hike is to Frog Falls.

3. Learn About Local Flora and Fauna: In addition to being visually stunning, the Canaima features some truly unique flora and fauna.

The trick is to go on a trek with a local Pemón Indian guide to see some of the tiniest orchids in the world, and learn about how the isolation imposed by life on these 2-billion-year-old tepuis or “sky islands” shaped the evolution of local plants and animals.

Angel Falls Lodges and Posadas

One thing to remember is that this region called the Guayana region is a bit away and off the beaten path. Getting to the falls can be a bit challenging and reserved for adventurous folks.

When thinking about your sleeping accommodations be realistic, don’t expect 5 star luxury hotels however, Posada Angostura and Posada Casa Grande de Angostura are two small basic hotels in Ciudad Bolivar. This is the place you fly into to see the falls. The advantage is that these hotels have reviews and you can see actual pictures and comments of real people who have been there.

My recommendation is to sleep in the Canaima National Park where hotels are simple yet more close to the action. They are what I call the real deal. After visiting the falls there is flora and fauna to explore right there. Here you can see the best lodges at the Canaima National Park. Also check the SPECIALITY lodging at Canaima National park.

What Other Angel Falls Travelers Have to Say


I am one of those travelers who likes to read and find out the best and the worst of any place I am going to travel to.  I go on forums, read reviews, visit travel sites, etc. Here is a great source for reading and having another perspective about your trip to La Caída del Angel. Angel Falls reviews and comments by real travelers.

Pictures of Angel Falls Venezuela

Remember, as awesome as Angels Falls pictures are, they can’t compare to the real thing! So check out some pictures, get inspired, and then plan to travel to Angels Falls on your own.

Angel Falls from our camp

 

Angel Falls

 

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