Great trip! Thank you, excellent crew.
When you walk into Machu Picchu, it is as if you are entering a whole new dimension, where the supernatural actually comes to life. It is said the Emperor Pachacutec, ninth ruler of the Tawantinsuyo (Incan Empire), ordered its construction for three reasons: as a retreat, as a fortress to impede the eventual advance of the antis (inhabitants from the Amazonian jungles who were threatening the empire), and as a site dedicated to the worship of the sun, where the royal virgins, called acllas, were housed. However, as we in the 21st century look at the sprawling complex in the heart of all that lush green, we tend to think it may also have been built for the express purpose of dwarfing us. Regardless of these interpretations, what truly captivates visitors and researchers alike is the reason, shrouded still in mystery, that prompted its builders to construct such a marvelous monument in such an improbable location: high up in the mountains.