February 25, 2009

Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Pikchu, "Old Peak"; pronounced ['mɑ.tʃu 'pik.tʃu]) is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 metres (8,000 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. The river is a partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is one of the most familiar symbols of the Inca Empire.

Machu Picchu was constructed around 1460, at the height of the Inca Empire. It was abandoned less than 100 years later. It is likely that most of its inhabitants were wiped out by smallpox before the Spanish conquistadores arrived in the area, and there is no record of their having known of the remote city.

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About 2 years ago when I was turning 28 and honestly struggling with the thought of turning 30 in two years, I had this BRILLIANT idea. I decided that from here on out every DECADE Birthday I would go all out and party like a rock star, my style. Which means TRAVEL. SO, May {22} I will be 30 and hiking my way to the top of Machu Picchu!
SAF!!!! (This means Start a Fire, which if you know me when I get really excited I rub my hands together and one day thought it seemed like I was trying to start a fire, old school style and tada — S.A.F.)

40 = Me in GREECE

P.S. You can copy my idea if you want, I think everyone should... It makes growing older SUPER EXCITING! I've been looking forward to turning 30 all year!



    and I'm crossing my fingers for Machu Picchu.

    I can't think of a better way to celebrate a big birthday.

  2. That is such a wonderful idea!! Machu Picchu will be so much fun! South America is the best place on earth. Have fun, I will be thinking of you. And Greece, I so badly want to go there. Maybe we could make it a party.

  3. I'm so happy that you started a blog! This way I can be caught up on your beautiful life. Your birthday idea is a great one and I think I may have to steal it. This year is my GOLDEN birthday (29 on the 29th... of July) and that only happens ONCE in your life. I am going to be in... da kine! No place I'd rather be.

    So I guess I'll just have to make it two big birthdays in a row. Where will I be, where will I be? Thanks for the idea! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and especially thank you for your beautiful life. i love you. xoxo angie

  4. maya...i love you and love reading about your life...

  5. I wish I could come :( I miss my travel buddy, It’s been awhile..... Love ya!

  6. Maya, i am getting more and more excited each day!

  7. I am so jealous. Kenny and I have always wanted to go there. You're going to have so much fun!