By Eryn on Earth, a Native of Hong Kong Who Is Currently Traveling the World. Fifty-Five Countries and Counting.
Machu Picchu is one of the most well-known icons of the Incan Empire and holds a few examples of the intelligence of the Inca culture.
It was built in a traditional Inca style, with large pieces of polished stone that fit together like puzzle pieces. Neither cement nor glue was used to hold the grand structures together, and as we wandered around what remains of the fortress, I was so bewildered to see how perfectly they had fitted together. The Incas were literally the inventors of Lego! More than sixty percent of Machu Picchu has been restored and restoration continues, but even in this day and age, we cannot replicate the structures without mortar.
Machu Picchu has been standing here for thousands of years, so it surely has experienced earthquakes. Natural disasters would’ve caused a lot of destruction if it weren’t for the skilled Incan engineers! They managed to build their structures in particular ways, making their temples and homes immune to movement. But what truly makes the Incas special is that they lacked the tools that other civilizations had during the time. The Incas didn’t have animals to pull wagons, iron tools, wheeled vehicles or even a way of writing. I can’t believe they were still able to accomplish so much.
Machu Picchu is mysterious, and we know so little about the mighty fortress and the Incan culture. Hiram Bingham, an American explorer, only found it and brought it to public awareness in 1911, and he was actually looking for a different city. Sixty percent of Machu Picchu’s secrets are still hidden underground, just waiting to be discovered along with so much more of the Incan Empire.
About the Author
Having been born and raised in Hong Kong, Eryn has lived in the city for her entire life and has made so many friends she could never forget. Her dad is from Taiwan while her mom is from Thailand, so she speaks English, Chinese and Thai, and is now learning Spanish. Eryn graduated from primary school at 11 years old, but she never the next stage of her education to be spent so differently! Eryn and her parents left the busy city of Hong Kong and embarked on a journey around the world to explore the beautiful places it has to offer. A year later, Eryn and her parents continue to travel the world while she attends online school. At twelve years old, Eryn has already visited more than 55 countries. She also loves to write, take photos and pursue these passions by keeping her memories alive in her blog, Eryn On Earth.