If the high altitude itself doesn’t leave you breathless, you can be certain that the mystery and majesty of Machu Picchu will
Could there be a more priceless memory than stumbling through the mountain forest and finding in front of you a lost city? That’s exactly what Machu Picchu is, an Incan citadel nestled remotely in the Amazonian jungles of Peru. If the high altitude itself doesn’t leave you breathless, you can be certain that the mystery and majesty of Machu Picchu will. And now with MasterCard and Newstalk offering you the chance to visit it, an unforgettable journey awaits.
The Right Hook and MasterCard have joined forces on an incredible on-air competition. Every day, contestants will be asked to come up with seven things from a chosen category, all the while racing against the clock. Each day two listeners will qualify for the finale, with the 20 finalists battling it out in a Where in the World-style quiz. When the dust settles, one winner will have earned the chance to create some priceless memories, visiting some of the world’s greatest wonders.
Wonders like Machu Picchu, the stunning ceremonial sanctuary that stands as a testament to the sophistication of the Incas. The site includes palaces, plazas, temples, bath houses, homes, and ritual sites, and was either a sanctuary visited by the culture’s elite rulers or a military bastion.
Accidentally uncovered in 1911 by a university professor, who had, in fact, been on the hunt for something else, Machu Picchu had been effectively hidden by indigenous Peruvians who hoped to shield its Intihuatana stones from the Spanish conquistadors. According to legend, if you placed your forehead against the stone, it has the power to open your consciousness to spirit wisdom – which is why Spanish settlers set out to break every one they could find in an effort to crush Incan morale. Whenever a stone was crushed, the Inca believed the spirits that had inhabited it fled, taking away an entire complex’s spiritualism and power. Which is why Machu Picchu is so important today – and its holiness will leave you awe struck.
While it’s a literal trek getting there, it’s worth it. Why not make a base in nearby Cusco, where thanks to the convenience of MasterCard, you can see the nexus of cosmopolitan Peru and its ancient cultures. The capital city of the Inca Empire, Cusco is now a thriving hotspot for tourists, the true archaeological capital of Americas, North and South.
Use your MasterCard to take a five day adventure hike to see Cusco just like the Inca did. Experienced guides will create a bespoke tour to your needs and experience, with the perfect blend of adventure activities and cultural excursions. Making your way through the stunning landscapes of the Cusco and Sacred Valleys, the striking views of the Andes and days of walking will leave you ready for the best night’s sleep of your life in the luxury mountain lodges along the way.
However you do make your way to Machu Picchu, with MasterCard and Newstalk, priceless memories are a guarantee
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