Monday, June 2, 2014

The Ancient Wonder of Machu Picchu

One of my favorite experiences of the trip was visiting the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. There, we toured the ancient city, learned about the history of the Incas, and even had time to hike to the Inca Bridge along a path with an absolutely breathtaking view of the mountains that surround Machu Picchu. In the early morning, there was a large amount of mist surrounding us, but as the day continued, we watched the clouds part to reveal the awe-inspiring city and mountains beyond it. From all the information we learned about the Incas and how they constructed the ancient city, I never ceased to be amazed by their intelligence and skill. The Incan people truly were masterminds in engineering, architecture, and stonework and used their knowledge in such effective ways to construct a city that has endured over 500 years. Looking at the ruins of the city, one could almost imagine a bustling cultural center dedicated to the nobility of the Incan empire from the traces left behind by the people who once lived there. Having witnessed the marvelous beauty and prestige of the ruins, I can definitely understand why Machu Picchu is considered one of the ancient wonders of the world and will never be able to completely grasp how impressive it really is.

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