Welcome to our Machu Picchu Trek

Journey to a Sacred Place - May 24, 2003 - June 5, 2003

here are those places where humans have expended extraordinary energy to understand, explain, and cope with the mystery of existence. How they, and in turn we, fit in to this cosmos that we see before us, is the great question. These places were, and still are, very sacred to those who built them, and to those who come after.

The Incan site of Machu Picchu, fortunately undiscovered by Pizzaro the destroyer, is one of those places. A sacred site crated, we think, as an observatory to the cosmos, temples to the hierarchy of Incan Gods, and a residence of the Incan Monarchs.

Just the physical site alone confounds the mind. All the materials were processed on site and by hand, using the most basic of methods, and without the use of technology like the wheel or metal tools. And from using these very basic means came the most exquisite stone work ever created by human hand. How this was done is still one of the great mysteries and probably will never be known.

Accurate historical Information regarding Machu Picchu is virtually unavailable.

The Inca had no written language, and with the culture dissolving after Pizzaro (within 100 yrs), it was soon forgotten in the fog of history. So we can only speculate as to the reasons for its creation and hasty desertion.

It is humanities good fortune that it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham, an American Historian, exploring on the east side of the Andes. Some locals told him of some ruins on a ridge high above in the mountains. So with his interest peaked, he asked them to lead him to the site. Bingham initiated archeolgical studies, completed an area survey, and later wrote a book called “Lost City of the Incas”.

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Bob and Kolleen - The Trailpair