Decorative fridge magnet depicting the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru
This charming souvenir recreates an ancient home of the native Incan people. In the background can be seen the mountain Huayna Picchu (young peak) looming over the ruins of Machu Picchu (old peak). The use of blue and green shades elicits the feel of the luscious tropical forest in which this UNESCO World Heritage Site nestles, 2,430 metres above sea level. Purchase this fridge magnet and you will forever have a little piece of memorabilia of exotically beautiful Machu Picchu, Peru.
The Rise of Machu Picchu
The creation of Machu Picchu, by the Incan people, commenced in approximately 1450. The reason for building this remote settlement is the subject of some speculation. Explorer Johan Reinhard suggested that the site was of great religious significance and its position was due to the natural landscape; mountains were of immense religious importance to the Incan people. The most recent theory behind the existence of the site is that it was an estate for Incan Emperor Pachacuti; a remote hideaway for the elite of society. Other suggested uses have included; a prison and an agricultural testing station. We may never know the truth but one certainty is that it is a well hidden jewel. A jewel which is recreated for your enjoyment should you buy this Machu Picchu fridge magnet.
The Fall of Machu Picchu and its Re-awakening
Located only 80 kilometres from the Incan capital of Cusco, Machu Picchu was still not discovered by the Spanish during the Conquest which commenced in 1532. Although it did not fall victim to any pillaging by the Spanish, Machu Picchu was abandoned by the Incans in 1572. Due to its remote position, and the fact that knowledge of its existence was restricted to locals, the site was only discovered by the outside world in 1911. American historian Hiram Bingham was searching for the city of Vilcabamba when he came across an eleven-year-old local boy who took him to Machu Picchu where some indigenous Quechua people were living amongst the original buildings. Since then this place of great beauty has become known the world over. Everyone is familiar with the vision of the Machu Picchu ruins as modelled in resin in the beautiful featured fridge magnet. This familiarity with the majestic landscape and inspiring ruins was increased by the awarding of UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983. Machu Picchu is also home to various wild animals and birds such as the pampas cat, ocelot and Andean condor. These local inhabitants are joined by a regular influx of tourists.
Visiting Machu Picchu
Even in this present day the site is not easily accessible. Walking the Inca trail, or walking or taking the bus from Aguas Calientes (sometimes known as Machupicchu Town) are the only two means of access. Due to the historic nature of the site there is only one, highly priced, hotel and most overnight accommodation is based in Aguas Calientes. If you are fortunate enough to visit Machu Picchu the individual sites to see include the Sun Gate, where at the right time of day you can see the sun rise over the mountain and through the gate. You can also see the main temple and the temples of the condor and the sun. If you never get the chance to travel to Peru, or even if you do, then you can purchase this resin Machu Picchu fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store and either use your imagination or remember your trip.