Even though Machu Picchu stands 2,430 meters above sea level, the existence of this city was not discovered until Hiram Bingham, an American historian, stumbled across it in 1911 on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains while he was being guided around by locals who lived in the area. After its initial discovery, over 50 burial sites and 100 skeletal remains have been found over the course of excavations. Today, Machu Picchu is the most well-known archaeological site on the continent.
Some people believe that this city was founded in the declining years of the last Incas as an attempt to preserve Inca culture, while others think it was a royal retreat abandoned at the time of the Spanish invasion. Even though the original purpose of the “Lost City” still remains a mystery, what is obvious is that Machu Picchu must have once been a very important ceremonial center for the people who lived there. The exceptionally high quality of stonework and the plethora of ornamental work reveal this about the “Lost City”.
Our solo travel company is visiting the mysteriously beautiful “Lost City” this May on our Single Travel Trip to Machu Picchu. Our trip includes a train ride to the “Lost City” and an overnight stay, which provides ample time to experience an intimate tour- learning the ancient Inca culture and exploring neighboring trails. Give our single travel company a call at 855-290-7050 to reserve your spot on this exciting vacation to Peru!