I have visited this site so many times that it is hard for me to remember them. By foot, train, hot air balloon or helicopters. It doesn’t matter how, the fact is that as time goes by, I convince myself more that this place has a unique and special energy. Perhaps this has to do with its steep mountains, shaped by the Vilcanota River that runs fast at its feet, or the fog that comes and goes many times a day to create -in collaboration with the sun- a unique scenery. Maybe it is the energy some feel coming out of the polished rocks, or simply the sacred atmosphere that encouraged the Incas to build this tribute to their gods.
The constructions in Machu Picchu show the astonishing command Inca engineers had of the area and to work the rock. The beauty of the landscape surrounding the citadel adds to its archaeological importance. The exuberant cloud forests that cover the abrupt slopes and mountains constitute a refuge for countless species of wild flora and fauna; from delicate orchids, bromeliads and tree ferns to Andean bears, cock-ofthe- rocks, quetzals and dwarf deer.
Today, one hundred years after its discovery, we join this celebration which is more than just homage to constructive art and management of natural areas, and we pay tribute to the magic of a site created for man to enjoy in harmony with the environment. A legacy we must protect and share with future generations.