Machu Picchu is certainly considered a bucket list destination, and for many people it is the main reason for visiting Peru. This iconic Inca citadel, sheltered from the world by the Andes’ green peaks, dates from the 15th century and is often called the Lost City of the Incas. The Incas miraculously managed to keep their imperial city hidden from the Spanish conquerors, and after Machu Picchu was abandoned in the mid 1500’s and its trails burned, nature took over and covered the site in thick vegetation, confining its legend to local folklore. It was first revealed to the world by American historian Hiram Bingham, who discovered the site by chance in 1911. Since then it has become one of the world’s most mysterious and intriguing places. Machu Picchu attracts people from every corner of the world, all looking to marvel at the ancient enclave recently voted one of the Seven Wonders of the New World.
Machu Picchu Bucket List - What not to miss!