I could go on about the history of this place (cutting and pasting from various places on the internet) or you can do your own research. Instead I’ll keep and short and sweet and share the photos I took along with a few interesting nuggets I learned. We had an incredible local guide take us through (which I highly recommend). It’s a short bus ride up a rough ride. The crowds are heavy so going in the early morning is a good idea. It’s also much warmer and sunny so sun screen is key.
What’s it really like?
It is set up like a park with a main gate you pay and enter. Our guide took us around explaining things here and there about the history. The Inca were an amazing people. Matchu Pitchu was primarily used as a capital and royal summer palace. Most Inca people would travel here via the famous Inca Trail to pay taxes. The Inca Trail was extensive and went all around South America (then the Inca Empire). One interesting thing we learned is that they had “runners” would run the trail all day to relay messages to another runner. They had no written language so this was a very important job. Can you imagine the telephone game here?
Matchu Pitchu has many mysteries. What happened to it? Where did all the people go? How was it built? Our guide told us there wasn’t much of a mystery to how it was built – it took about 85 years and there were nearby rock quarries as evidence. Although many people believe there are energy vortexes here, it is a sacred place. I didn’t feel any different but I will say it felt calm, even with all the people around. The Inca people worshiped the sun and they even had an ancient sun dial to help manage harvests, etc.
Is it really closing?
No, not really. Matchu Pitchu is slowly sinking, it wasn’t designed to have so many people walking around up there. Docents keep the people moving along, its not a place you can sit and hang out all day (at least not the main part). There are rumors it will close down but I don’t think they are true – at least not forever (it’s a major revenue generator for Peru).
It’s an amazing site to be seen.