Even visitors with scholarly depths of knowledge about Machu Picchu stand in wonder when they enter the historic sanctuary. “How?” each asks silently and aloud. How did a people centuries ago plan and build this city on a mountaintop in a tropical forest? Explore the terraced levels and you only marvel at the size and grandeur.
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Inca Empire in the sky
It takes planning and effort to travel to Machu Picchu and it takes effort to explore its grounds. You may justifiably say for any travel experience that words and photos are no substitute for being there. I rarely say that, but for Machu Picchu, it applies.
The hard rock display
Stones large and small stack to build the impressive city of temples, homes, shops, storage buildings and terraced fields for agriculture, play and ceremony.
Peaceful llamas and alpacas
The Machu Picchu sanctuary is intentionally uncluttered with signs, re-creations of daily life and dressed up characters. (Thank you!) The llamas and alpacas on the grassy terraces not only add Inca imagery, but they have a job of grazing the abundant terraces of grass.
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