This week, I am happy to share part one of three articles provided by John Gower. Enjoy the read!
With its exotic culture, priceless historic treasures, and tropical rainforests, South America has captured travelers from all around the world with its wide variety of attractions. Although there is much to see and experience in South America, not many travelers can handle more than a few weeks of South American adventure. By narrowing down the list of places to see, here are the top three must-see destinations in South America:
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
Filled with mystery, adventure, and timeless architecture and history, Machu Picchu is a must-see destination for everyone who visits South America. Known as the Lost City of the Inca Empire, the ruins of Machu Picchu display the highly advanced building technique and breathtaking design of the Inca Empire. Even through earthquakes, Machu Picchu’s ruins stand tall and continue to stand through time with its incredibly precise structure.
Not only did the Inca Empire take refuge from the Spanish invaders in these ruins during their time, but Machu Picchu was also known for its important agricultural and ceremonial functions.
Surrounded by the Amazon Forest, Machu Picchu is hidden behind the evergreen forest and in the mountains. To enter the site, visitors need to go through the Inca Trail, where travelers trek for three days to reach Machu Picchu. However, tourists can also take trains or bus trips to the site for a fee.
Visit the hidden gem known as Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón where you can learn about Machu Picchu’s history in depth. Located at the base of Machu Picchu at the end of a dirt road, which is about 30 minutes away from Aguas Calientes by foot, the museum provides information about why and how Machu Picchu was built along with other valuable facts about the ruins.
John Gower is a writer for NerdWallet, a site that helps you save money by “doing the homework for you.”