As a world history teacher there is nothing better than seeing what I teach about firsthand. The Inca civilization was advanced and this can easily be seen by the ability of their stonemasons to cut huge blocks of stone, limestone or volcanic rock so that they fitted together exactly, without the use of mortar. Rocks prepared centuries ago for splitting, with precise and careful measurements, can still be seen in Machu Picchu. It is probably what heaven is like since you feel so close to the heavens as you hike on site at Machu Picchu. There is a divine spirit in the air and your entire body feels it. There is so much to take in besides just the natural world. The history of what you experience is impressive. The site at Machu Picchu was not rediscovered until 1911 when an American, Hiram Bingham found it even though the Spaniards searched long and hard for it during their period of conquest.
Lucky for travelers and tourists that this site was left untouched so we can experience it now. The beauty of the landscape just leaves you speechless. I saw remnants of temples and terraces that have yet to reveal the true purpose of Machu Picchu. I also hiked to the Sun Gate and saw spectacular views of the Incan trails and mountains. The hike to the Incan bridge was a bit scary, but worthwhile. I feel comfortable on site and my last trip it was cool to just hang out and not really have a specific path or itinerary to follow for a few hours. Just sitting on the ground and feeling the magic was all I could ask for at that particular moment.
Machu Picchu is special to me in many ways. It is an emotional experience for many, but on different levels. Before I started traveling to Peru I had always planned to hike the Incan trail with my best friend Amanda. We both loved history and adventure. Unfortunately, I lost my beautiful friend and we never got to visit Peru together, but if you believe Machu Picchu inspires wonder. I always say that I leave a piece of my heart in the places that I travel to, but losing Amanda took away a piece of my heart and it wasn’t until I experienced Machu Picchu that my heart felt complete again. Special things happen there. I feel Amanda more on that site than I do on a regular basis at home. If I did not have witnesses I would not believe half the things to be true that have happened to me there and in other places as well. Most places I visit I am fortunate enough to have butterflies around me, but having a butterfly appear at Machu Picchu and become your travel companion is rare. I knew it was Amanda each time. Another time I was praying and speaking to her and my rosary broke off of my neck. I was in shock and could not control my tears. Thankfully I had another special friend right next to me. You may think I am crazy and this could be true, but I know Amanda was there with me each time I visited Machu Picchu. I buried shamrocks, pictures and most recently a bracelet of hers on site so that she will always be at peace in a heavenly place. My actions might be deemed illegal, but it was worth it. I feel more at peace not having her physically by my side anymore because I know she is always with me and especially when I am in Peru. No matter the people you are with or what you exactly do at Machu Picchu when you return home you will dream about it constantly and always want to go back. I feel honored to have visited this site numerous times. It is a blessing to visit Machu Picchu just once in your lifetime and I feel grateful for being able to have seen it numerous times.