Machu Picchu – Finding Your Spiritual Self in the Lost City

When it comes to traveling around the world, there are really few places that can match the experience of visiting Machu Picchu. The place is not just breathtakingly beautiful, but also spiritual in a unique way.

Machu Picchu on a cloudy day

It’s this unexplainable sense of clam that surrounds you in this place that has made us visit Machu Picchu repeatedly, and every time has turned out to be completely exceptional. Machu Picchu is one of the many Lost Cities of the world that was lost in the wilderness of Amazon until it was rediscovered in 1911.

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Historians say that around 1200 people must have stayed in this city until the Spaniards took over Peru and the city fell to despair and neglect. What saved it from getting completely destroyed was its astounding location.

Close-up view of a wall in Machu Picchu

Close-up view of a wall in Machu Picchu

Located on a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range, this city overlooks Urabama Valley from 7000 feet above sea level. It’s completely aloof from the rest of Peru and it is assumed that the people living here would have required long journeys to reach the mainland of Peru.

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Machu Picchu on a cloudy day

The place is distinctly divided into three areas; religious, urban and agriculture. The religious buildings are located on the top of the hill; the slopes were undoubtedly used for farming while the houses are built in the lower areas. Climbing via the Inca trail, the only sensation you’d feel can be best described as magical. From the top at the Funerary Rock Hut, you can look down at the entire city of Machu Picchu and travel to a time in the past, your senses helped by the picture vividly painted by this valley.

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The lush green forest on the way to Machu Picchu

Personally, we love going back to Machu Picchu; it s a perfect way for us to give ourselves some relaxing time. For more adventurous souls, there are multi-days hiking trails leading to Machu Picchu but we prefer taking the train not because it’s convenient but because a train ride to Machu Picchu is an enticing experience in itself, paving its way between the beauty of the Amazon jungle. So if you ask us one place you should definitely visit for more reasons that simply fun, there is nothing better than the spiritual lands of Machu Picchu.

Carmen Anderson
Hi! I'm Carmen and I'm obsessed with boutique hotels, scuba diving and yoga. When I'm not writing about my travel experiences, I hang out on social media....a little, oh, alright, a LOT! Connect with me if you like traveling, yoga or scuba diving.

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