I have always wanted to visit…..Machu Picchu. Its mystery and history make it a must visit for me.
It began for me when I was a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My professor was an Egyptologist, and I took a class about different cultures around the world. We had a project due, which was half of our grade, where we had to choose a culture, and investigate why they no longer existed. We also had to explain why they died out, and what made them unique. I chose the Mayans.
Now, as you can imagine, the topic was fascinating. I became entranced with the Mayan calendar. If you have ever tried to figure out the Mayan calendar it can make your head swim. Here is an example of it:
As I was researching the Mayans I came upon this, Machu Picchu. I knew that one day I must go, and go I shall.
What makes Machu Picchu fascinating, is not only its pure design, seeing as they had no modern mechanical equipment. But, also that some buildings served a celestial function. Some of the buildings aligned with the moon and stars to tell the Mayans of important celestial events. The Mayans were a very advanced people for their time.
Now, there is a sense of urgency about my trip as Machu Picchu is in danger of no longer existing due to over visitation, and also the mountain below is beginning to collapse some say. So, I wish to visit as soon as I possibly can.
There are other Mayan villages I wish to go and see such as this, Chichen Itza in Mexico.