Anyone with an interest in traveling has likely at least considered visiting Peru to tour Machu Picchu. And for good reason: the Inca citadel is a world-renowned marvel, and the best extant example of Inca architecture.
What’s So Interesting About Inca Architecture, Anyway?
You’d be surprised. Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century, likely as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. It stands as an example not just of Imperial or more refined architecture of the style, but of the style in general. Interestingly, all Inca buildings were designed to be similar regardless of function or purpose.
Therefore, Machu Picchu only differs from more mundane Inca buildings largely in the size and scale. However, on closer inspection, the quality of the stonework is higher. What stonework it is! Large, tightly fitting blocks have long puzzled historians and researchers as to how the Inca accomplished it.
Additionally, the citadel beautifully exhibits another key feature of Inca architecture: the incorporation of the environment in which it is built into the design. When you tour Machu Picchu, you’ll see that it conforms to the shape of the hill upon which it sits. Natural features like large rocks become part of the structures themselves.
Explore Machu Picchu For Yourself
On a tour of Machu Picchu, like those offered by Alpaca Expeditions, not only will you get a first-hand look at Inca architecture, but you’ll do so in the beautiful and breathtaking landscape of southern Peru.
The trek to Machu Picchu traverses through beautiful tropical forest and scenic hills. Along the way, there will be many interesting features to stop and check out, from coffee farms to other Inca sites. Closer to Machu Picchu itself, you will be retracing the steps of the archaeologists who rediscovered it. You will also visit the town of Aguas Calientes, a town with plenty of history and character in its own right, first settled in 1901. It acts as the gateway to Machu Picchu.
Learn More About Our Tours
Why wait to experience the beauty and architectural wonder of Machu Picchu? Alpaca Expeditions offers numerous tours and treks to the site, such as the Salkantay trek, as well as an expansive package that begins in Lima and offers a full and enriching experience of both Machu Picchu and the country of Peru. Book yours today! To learn more, contact us.