It’s one of the most laborious, hazardous and exhausting hikes on earth, but for some reason about 1.2 million people decide to strap on their walking boots, chow down on those altitude tablets and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu each year. While you’re whizzing around steep stairways and rocky inclines, it’s inevitable that your mind would wonder at some point why on earth you paid to have your dignity ripped out by a 45 kilometre hike. But then you spy that almighty view in the distance, and for once, all the struggles, blisters and emotional pain will have been worth it.
Or you know… you could just check it out on your computer.
Forget the months of planning and weeks of preparing your body, your pilgrimage to Peru’s ancient city of Machu Picchu is now on Google Street view, so you won’t even have to change out of your pyjamas to check it out. The map allows visitors to
stroll click through the Incan temples and tour the grounds of the ancient citadel on one of Peru’s coveted clear-skied days.
While we’re not saying it would be anything like visiting the city in the flesh, this online option will open doors to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit the mountainous city, whether that be for health or monetary reasons.
You can check out the Google street view embed below – be warned though, it’s highly addictive!
(Lead image: Bruce Tuten/Flickr)