As a Global Volunteer in Peru, you have ample time on evenings and weekends to participate in local activities and enjoy cultural attractions such as markets, museums and cafes. But let’s be honest. A lot of volunteers come to Peru because they want to visit Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. No shame in that. Actually, it’s a smart move. When you volunteer in Peru, you not only have the wonderful opportunity to serve and develop unique friendships with the local people, but you also have the opportunity to enjoy amazing Peruvian food and archaeological sites (especially in Cuzco).
Being Peru’s most visited tourist attraction, Machu Picchu is a must-see for visitors. It was built in the 15th century and used, at different times, as a residence for the Inca Emperor and as a sanctuary. But today, it’s a wonder to behold and study.
Why is it so awesome?
Because of its location, at the intersection of two beautiful mountains in the middle of the jungle.
It’s an engineering and architectural masterpiece, which even today bewilders experts. Building such a large, beautiful and intricate citadel would be a huge challenge even for today’s architects and engineers.
Because of the mystery around it. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown until the early part of the 20th century, when a Yale-National Geographic expedition rediscovered it for the world.
And so much more…
Machu Picchu will be all you expect it to be, and so much more… Each ruin more stunning than the previous one. In addition, there are countless equally breath-taking sites around Cuzco. There is nothing to think about. Just go!
Photos of Peru and Machu Picchu
Enjoy these stunning Peru and Machu Picchu photos, taken by Darrell, two-time Global Volunteer. (WARNING: If you’re battling with the Peru travel bug, don’t look at them!)
Explore Peru as a Global Volunteer!
Did these Peru and Machu Picchu photos inspire you? Visit Global Volunteers’ Volunteer in Peru page to learn more about discovering and experiencing Peru through service-learning. Or, chat online with a Volunteer Coordinator. We’re ready to assist you with travel questions and other programs details.