Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On Sunday we went to the Machu Picchu ruins. We had to wake up at 5 to be the tourist rush. There is a hotel that sits next to the ruins where tourists are able to see Machu Picchu before the park opens. Unfortunately, we were not staying at the hotel. In the morning there was a thick blanket of clouds covering the mountaintop so we couldn’t take any good pictures. The weather cleared up by 10am when we finished our tour. Our tour guide had some interesting beliefs about the town of Machu Picchu and seemed to believe that they were a communist society. We had previously learned at other ruins and through readings that this was not the case. There was a hierarchy in the Inca Empire. Conquered groups were assimilated into their culture but received a lower social status. Nonetheless, it was an incredible visit and we had enough information to conduct self-guided tours. These ruins are definitely a must-see for anyone traveling to Peru.

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