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Located in the Peruvian Andes. Amazing culture demostrating stone masonry beyond belief.

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The Sacred Machu Picchu: A Pilgrimage

  • Feb 3, 2010
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The journey to Machu Picchu was one filled with anticipation as my friend Julie and I stayed over at Cuzco to aclimitize for the hike to Machu Picchu. Well, actually, more like a slow walk. We didn't do the Inca Trail as we had limited time. Instead, we took the train ride all the way to a nearby town (Aguas Calientes) and stayed there for a night before we approached Machu Picchu in the early morning. All went well with the trip and we got to not only see Machu Picchu but experience its peaceful setting and its unique sense of sacredness.
 
It was not so for those who are visiting Machu Picchu this week though. There was a flood and I heard on the news that many were stranded and needed to be uplifted to safety from the site. Very unfortunate for some.





Machu Picchu was only discovered in 1911 and we are hearing much about 2012 phenomenon now. Is it the end of civilization as the Mayan Long count calendar had predicted, a mere 100 years after its discovery? What do we really know of the Mayan civilization? Who are the Mayans and the Incas?

"The Mayan civilization existed as a continuous territory along Southern Mexico, Guatemala and northern Belize around 250 AD. It contained more than 40 cities and over 2 million people. The periods between 300 and 900 were considered the classic period of the Mayas. Ceremonial architectural monuments were built in Maya some 3000 years ago. Mayans believed that the universe functioned in a logical, cyclical and predictable way and that humans can exploit the cyclical nature of the universe by accommodating them into the cycles."

"Manco Capac was the founder of the Inca dynasty. The civilization flourished along the Pacific coast and Andean highlands, from the northern border of modern Ecuador to Maule River in central Chile. Inca civilization contained a population of over 12 million people. Cuzco was the capital of the civilization."

~ Excerpts from Clearlead Inc.


Mayan, Inca, Aztec Egyptian Prophecy 2012






Machu Picchu is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World which was universally elected by travelers and people from all over the country. It is also the 2nd Wonder of the World I'm writing about & 1 of the 6 Wonders (out of 7) that I've personally visited. Being in Machu Picchu is a unique experience in itself. It is not only exhilarating, exciting but also exotic. I treasured this visit as one of the highlights of my life. It is different from other places in that I do truly feel at ease and at peace here right among the ruins and the sacred mountains of Machu Picchu. It is extremely to put that special feeling and connection with a place into words. It is thus an existence in which one has to experience personally. One needs to walk through the ruins, walls and feels the spirit within it. Get in touch with nature and immerse in the spirituality of Machu Picchu!



That's me & Julie in Machu Picchu in Sep. 2004.

Here are a few more videos I've selected from YouTube which I hope you'd like. 
Enjoy...


Michael Palin in Machu Picchu


The legendary lost city of Machu Picchu


The Inca Trail


The Magic World of the Incas
The Sacred Machu Picchu

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February 03, 2010
Wow, those pictures are amazing! Looks really gorgeous there, though that 2012 phenomenon kind of freaks me out :P Have you seen the movie 2012? Great review, Sharrie!
 
February 03, 2010
Thanks for this great review! It was very informative. This is one place I will definately visit when I get to Peru.
 
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Quick Tip by . March 24, 2010
A mythical place high up in the mountains with a spirit of its own. Most marvelous experience for the adventurous!
Quick Tip by . September 04, 2009
My good friend and his girlfriend scaled Machu Picchu with all the modern gear, hard to believe the Incas did it w/o
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Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its primary buildings are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. These are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu. In September 2007, Peru and Yale University reached an agreement regarding the return of artifacts which Hiram Bingham had removed from Machu Picchu in the early twentieth century.

Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Pikchu, "Old Peak") is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 meters (8,000 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is one of the most familiar symbols of the Inca Empire.

The Incas started building it around AD 1430 but was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a hundred years later at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Although known locally, it was largely unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction.

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Since it was not plundered by the Spanish when they conquered the ...

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