Machu Picchu

April 30, 2014

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In the spirit of sharing the Well Travelled lifestyle, Herschel Supply has partnered with Intrepid Travel this spring to present a new photo contest titled Wander The World. Through this contest series, Herschel Supply will share a unique cultural destination each year with the goal of sending members of our community to visit the 7 New Wonders of The World.

For the inaugural launch, Herschel Supply and Intrepid Travel will be giving away a trip for two to Lima, Peru on a 9-day adventure tour. Learn more about the incredible natural and historical highlights of the tour in this four part blog series covering the Peruvian destinations to be visited, starting with the historical site Machu Picchu.

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Located in the Cusco district of Peru, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu are located 2,430 metres above sea level. A historic sanctuary set amongst the hills, Machu Picchu was thought to be built as an estate for the Incan Emperor, Pachacuti sometime in the 15th century. Although it was known among local communities, it wasn’t until 1911 that the site was officially rediscovered, leading to the mistakenly referred to nickname “The Lost City of the Incas”.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, Machu Picchu is among one of the greatest architectural achievements globally and is the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization to date. Approximately 200 structures make up this city in the sky, blending refined architecture with the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding environment.

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Over the last 50 years the site has undergone extensive restoration to give tourists a better idea of how the structures were originally built. As the last stronghold of the Incas, Machu Picchu is one of the most important cultural sites in Latin America and still proves to be a valuable resource for its neighbouring inhabitants.  The surrounding valleys have been cultivated continuously for over 1,000 years showing how the people around the site continue a life that closely resembles that of their Inca ancestors and providing one of the world’s greatest examples of a productive human-land relationship.

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As Peru’s most visited tourist destination the heritage site sees close to 1 million visitors each year. In an effort to reduce the impact of tourism and further conserve the grounds there have been increasing constraints on the number of tourists allowed onto the grounds each season. The implementation of a “no fly zone” and new entrance rules requiring all visitors to be accompanied by a guide make this a hard to reach destination without prior plans.

For your own chance to visit the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu share your travel photos in the Wander The World  photo contest and allow yourself the chance to experience this naturally stunning site in person.

 

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