Trekking Machu Picchu:should we trek on sacred ground?

September 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

Ciudad Perdida, Machu Picchu, Roraima.  All sacred places and all top trekking holidays for thousands of tourists every year. But is it right for us to walk free over this holy ground? Does our modern impact anger the gods?  And if we are trekking Machu Picchu and other sites of religious significance, can we ever balance our needs with those of the places we visit?

Roraima, the great tepuy of Venezuela’s Gran Sabana and inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, is a sacred link between earth and sky for the native Indians of the area. It’s their Mount Olympus, and with its endemic life forms and constantly shifting weather systems, it’s a mystical wonder even to an avid agnostic.

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