Monday, July 6, 2009

#69 - Machu Picchu

My friend Pauline recently went to Peru and judging by her email, had a trip of a lifetime! She sent me this view of Machu Picchu, The Lost City, built by the Incas.

The Incas were a very small group of people; totalling around 100 000. At the height of their time, they ruled nearly 15 million people who belonged to other ethnic tribes and groups. 15. million. people. What! How did the minority end up ruling the majority?.....They must've been brilliant marketers. "Join our kingdom, get 2 free potatoes. Join with a friend, and get 5 free potatoes!"

In the mountains of Peru, you can find Machu Picchu, or The Lost City. It was completely covered in forest and vines until 1911. It is believed that Machu Picchu served as a retreat for Incan rulers and their family. The area is surrounded by high mountain peaks and rushing waters, features that were sacred to the Inca.

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