Machu Picchu, Jewel of the Incas Empire
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Machu Picchu, Jewel of the Incas Empire

Machu Picchu Jewel of the Incas Empire

Machu Picchu, Jewel of the Incas Empire

Machu Picchu Jewel of the Incas Empire

No other place symbolises the power of the Incas Empire like Machu Picchu.

Built in one of the most scenic areas of Peru, often wrapped up in a mist that makes it even more magic, Machu Picchu drives the imagination like few other archaeological sites. Considered a jewel of the Incas Empire and one of the main cultural sites in South America, Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1983.

[pullquote]When wrapped up in the mist, Machu Picchu becomes even more magic[/pullquote]

Due to its fame worldwide, I was prepared to the crowd flowing in as soon as the gates opened although I was not expecting to see so many people. Surprisingly, maybe with the help of the bad weather, early in the afternoon part of the tourists were gone, the rain stopped and I could enjoy even more a site like no other in the world.

Since my visit, in 2002, and after the terrible flooding in January 2010, the rules to get access to Machu Picchu have become more strict and no more than 2,500 visitors per day are allowed to enter the archaeological site to reduce the impact of tourism on the most beautiful remains of the Incas Empire.


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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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  • nicola
    Posted at 16:14h, 25 March Reply

    A beautiful photo Simon.

    That’s a good tip about staying util late afternoon at Machu Picchu as most of the tourists have usually gone by then so it is quieter and the evening light is often spectacular!

  • Anita Mac
    Posted at 18:51h, 23 March Reply

    Wow – almost a decade ago, I was getting ready to go to Machu Picchu – the view still takes my breath away! That is an amazing picture! Sadly, I have yet to recover all my photos from that part of my trip! Glad I can be reminded of how magnificent it is over there when I see the photos of others!

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