10/16/2011 08:44 am ET Updated Dec 16, 2011

Capturing Machu Picchu Mystery And All (PHOTOS)

Whether you reach Machu Picchu on foot, via the iconic Inca Trail trek, or by bus from the gateway town town of Aguas Calientes, it cannot fail to capture your heart.

The ancient citadel, surrounded by mountains, is a magnificent sight, made all the more intrguing by the fact that no one really knows what purpose it served during the Incan times. Theories abound, but ultimately it is up to each individual visitor to soak up the atmosphere and come to their own conclusions. Despite the fact that this is the most heavily marketed destination in Peru, there is no doubt that this Unesco World Heritage site will capture even the most cynical heart.

Machu Picchu in Photos