VISITING Machu Picchu – the Unesco World Heritage Site located atop the Andes Mountains in Peru – has been in my travel bucket list for years.
There is a certain mystery surrounding the ancient city, built by the Incas sometime in the 15th century and discovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911, as the real purpose of its construction is still not clear.
Some historians believe that it was the royal retreat of the Inca Emperor Pachacuti.
There are theories that it was a religious or spiritual place, whether as a temple devoted to the Virgins of the Sun, or sacred landscape of the Incas.
Regardless of its purpose, Machu Picchu serves as a showcase of the Inca builders’ skill, as the stones used for its construction were cut to fit together without the need for any mortar!