Machu Picchu: A Guide to Best Attractions and Places to See
Famously known as “The Lost City of Incas”, Machu Picchu is one of the best sites to head for a tour. If there is any part in the world that should explain what an art of a landscape is, it should be this place, with full of steep terraces, staircases, amazing rock formations, temples and surrounding mountains, you can admit that it is the best site of beauty in the whole world. It is a destination that you can’t miss to visit when you reach in Peru. Technically, everything in Machu Picchu is an attraction site, you can’t even know where to start from, however, I have compiled a special list for you of the very special attraction sites and places to see first when you reach Machu Picchu.
1. The Sun Gate
This was initially used a s a control gate which allowed people in and out of the city, this is the reason why it was very important, the gate was being guarded by the Inca army in the ancient days. The history attached to this huge gate is what makes it even manure spectacular. This is currently on the best sites you can pay a visit; it is very significant especially in the morning hours where people go to see the first sunlight which looks really amazing.
2. Huayna Picchu Mountain
This is a mountain that takes the form of a tower; it rises almost straight like a tower which makes it fairly difficult to climb, unless you have good experience with such gradient, you cannot climb, however three are stairs that wound up the mountain making it easier to climb. To go on with trekking on this mountain you will have to obtain a permit for you to be allowed to climb on this mountain. If you find a chance to climb this mountain to the top, you will get a chance to enjoy the best view of the whole of Machu Picchu at different angles. This will be the best experience ever.
3. The Royal Tomb
This is one of the most visited sites in Machu Picchu; it is just located below the temple of the sun, it has been rumored that there were mummies in the tomb, however, there has not been found in the place yet. The tomb has stairs which carry a lot of meaning to people of Machu Picchu, they are believed to represent the world of Inca, the first step with a snake symbol represents death, the second represents the life of human beings which is symbolized by a jaguar and the very last step from the top represents the gods. This will; be an amazing site and historical sites that you will learn mind-blowing discoveries about the ancient “lost city of Incas”.
4. The Temple Of Three Windows
This is one of the buildings that make up what is called the “Sacred Plaza” it was the main ceremonial place of the ancient Machu Picchu, it is close to 35 feet high and just from the name, and it has three windows though originally there were five of them. The temple has the famous rectangular stone which was mostly used in the ancient Machu Picchu as a back-sight for observation of the solar system. Did you know that the blocks used to make these windows may weigh up to 3 tons each? Well, all these amazing details and discoveries are always explained by the guides when you visit such places. Apart from the history part of the temple, it also gives you a chance to get an amazing view of the landscapes and other land formations in Machu Picchu from above, this will definitely be a great place to visit when you land in Machu Picchu.
5. The Watchman’s Hut
This consists of a small grass thatched house build with stones that was used by the soldiers in the ancient times to take guard of the two gates that were in Machu Picchu. From the characteristics of the watch towers, you can realize that this is just the highest point in the whole of Machu Picchu; this is of course the best place, you will be able to have a panoramic view of the whole city, the land formations and the mountains including Huayna and many others.
6. Temple Of The Sun
This is a quite high rising temple purely constructed with stones. The reason why this was called the temple of the sun is because it was majorly used by the astrologists to make their observations, that are the top part off the temple, but inside the temple, there were specific places which were used for sacrifices in the ancient Machu Picchu. This is the place you can’t miss to visit, first is the amazing finest ancient architecture that was done using stones alone, and when you get to the top part, you will get the best view of the city.
7. The Inca Bridge
This was a very secrete bridge build by the Inca warriors the bridge is curved into a cliff by just a stone which was just fit in the rock cliffs, it was only fitted when it was being used and removed when no necessary to leave a 20 foot gap, this will discourage foreigners from entering Machu Picchu in the ancient times. This is a very cool spot to visit. It is a quite breathtaking activity trying to cross the bridge and move along the cliffs to enter the city from the west side.
This is the most famous place in the whole of Machu Picchu according to its cultural function. This pillar was used by the people to predict the solstices; it has a shape which is quite similar to the Huayna the mountain behind Machu Picchu. This place is one of the best destinations to visit, it is rich in history and with great significance to the people of this place tat you will get to know.
9. The Fountains
This is one of the most amazing scenes to see, a very small fountain dropping from a 750 meters high that never stops, streaming down to fill 16 baths, the speculations are that the baths were used by the ancient people for purification and other rituals. Visiting this place will prompt many questions from your head; you will want an explanation for almost everything.