It is the most visited site in Latin America.
Each day approximately 2000 tourists make their way to see it.
Most people, like myself, will say it is one of the most impactful visits they have ever experiences.
It is vitally imporant to Peru’s tourist industry.
Then a couple of months ago, nature decided to deliver the country a heavy blow, as rains and mudslides forced its closure.
It has been estimated that about 90% of all of Peru’s tourist income actually comes from visitors to the Cusco region in which Machu Picchu sits.
It is now formally reopened after it was closed for two months.
Sometimes referred to as the lost city of the Inca’s, it was only discovered in the early part of the 20th Century, even though it was believed to have been built in the 15th Century.
Peru had lost about $200 million in revenue because of the closure, in a region where fully 50% of the economy is driven by Machu Picchu visits.
My visit was a number of years ago but my emotions still well up as they did then, each and every time I recall that visit.
On that hillside, with nothing but air and mountains surrounding me, and the vestiges of a long gone society preserved before me, I could not control my emotions. I cried over the power of that vision, and still do each time I try to describe it.
Make plans to go to Peru and Machu Picchu. You will never be sorry.
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