Why Machu Picchu?

I choose this UNESCO World Heritage Culture Site because I had the opportunity to explore the ruins of this once lost city. With its beautiful mountainous setting, it was built by the Inca civilization and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This site holds a mystery, yet tells a story of an ancient culture, rich in knowledge, architectural understanding and creativity. It also amazed me how well they lived in synch with the environment.

An absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization


The Journey

In 2011, I spent four days hiking through the Peruvian Andes. En route to Machu Picchu, literal translation meaning the “old peak”, we hiked the Lares Trek. Traveling of the beaten path, we meandered through stunning valleys and breath-taking landscapes before continuing on to Machu Picchu.

Lares Trek

In the Sacred Valley, we passed through and camped between small remote villages. We learned about the people, their beliefs, natural habitats and way of life. As we continued our trek, we climbed the Pachacutec Pass (the highest pass in our trek) and summited at 4282m (14048 ft.).

Machu Picchu

On the fourth day, we continued our journey and travelled by bus and train to Machu Picchu. Once there, I was struck by the beauty and amazed by the architectural depth and detail.


Today, much of the villages surrounding Machu Picchu still hold strong to Inca traditions. In these areas, you can see that the reflection of their ancestral past is still practiced through language, art, textiles and farming.


Here are a few photos from my journey hiking through the Peruvian Andes (Lares Trek) and at Machu Picchu. These photos are an understatement of the beauty of the land and the indigenous people that inhabit it.

A curious Lama kept an eye on me while I was taking photos of the terraces at Machu Picchu.

Here's looking at you kid

A curious lama

These wonderful men help guide, feed, set up camp and transport our heavier stuff while hiking through the Andes.

The Magnificent Five

Our Tour Group

Farming is a way of life for most locals living in the remote villages in the Peruvian Andes.

Fields of Potatos

Farm land in the Andes

We enjoyed a foggy day at Machu Picchu

A Look at Machu Picchu

On a foggy day

While hiking, we came across an elderly lady that was transporting her herd to another village.

Hard at Work

An Elderly Lady.

When driving to our drop off location to start our trek, we were stopped by a mudslide but decided to continue and hiked over the slide.

Small Road Block

A rock slide

It was a pleasure to learn about their natural habitats and way of life.

An Andean Family

Meeting the Locals

We travelled through a few remote villages as we hiked through the Andes.

A Remote Village

In the Pervian Andes

We also passed a few old houses along our journey.

Old House

Along our Journey

We stumbled on some Llamas grazing of the beaten path. It was a beauty to see.

Llamas on the hillside

Off the beaten path

We were fortunate to have beautifully  prepared traditional Peruvian food everyday of our hike.

Amazing Food

Beautifully prepared for us

This once lost city was truly an amazing site to see.

At Machu Picchu

On site at the ruins



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