It only takes one look at the sheer slopes and dense vegetation surrounding Machu Picchu to appreciate what a Herculean task it must have been to build this mysterious and isolated city in the heart of the Andes.
Those who have followed our blog know that we’re big fans of architecture. Whether classical or contemporary, religious or residential, we search out interesting buildings in our travels.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower and London has Big Ben. When you stroll the historic streets of Lima, Peru you realize the City of Kings has its Balconies.
Conversations buzzed as the train rolled slowly from the platform in Ollantaytambo, Peru. Everyone, including us, was excited about finally visiting Machu Picchu, and it showed. Backpacks were stowed, cameras were at the ready, and we were off.
Midway between Cusco, Peru, the capital of the Inca Empire, and Machu Picchu lies Ollantaytambo.
When visiting a city for the first time, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect … but something has drawn you there. It could be grand architecture, incredible museums, world class dining or amazing entertainment. Whatever the motivation, in the end, your impression of the city reflects the sum of its parts.
Travel presents endless possibilities for exploration and learning, and a good place to start is with architecture. A culture’s buildings are a depository of its past, present, and future and architecture communicates more than you might realize.