This trip is definitely on my must-do list!
After walking, climbing, walking, and waking up early to walk again, we made it to Machu Picchu: the Royal Retreat of the Incan Empire, destroyed by its own people in an effort to leave nothing behind for Pizarro and his pillaging Spaniards in their search for gold. Miraculously, Pizarro never found it. He never saw the beauty of this place. For generations Quechan families have lived in the shadows of the ruins, and some even in the ruins themselves. But it wasn’t until a prideful Hirram Bingham took photos of the place and claimed he discovered it, did the world even know it existed.
We arrived at the ruins in the morning, as the sun was rising and the stones started to glow. We took some great photos, and went down to the park gate. Even though the Trail Pilgrims can access the Park from where…
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