Machu Picchu, an Incan city of sparkling granite precariously perched between 2 towering Andean peaks, is thought by scholars to have been a sacred archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco. Built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s, this mountain citadel was later abandoned by the Incas. The site remained unknown except to locals until 1911, when it was rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. The site can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter; most visitors visit by train from nearby Cusco.

Hello from the Andes Mountains!! This place was so cool to visit! Looking around I can’t imagine how these dry-stone walls were built without mortar! This place was thought to be built for an emperor. I guess he didn’t have to go to a grocery store, cause it would be hard to go up and down this mountain! Thankfully we had some help getting around…check out our photo with Larry Llama! He’d love the bayou..maybe he’ll visit us in Louisiana one day!