- artist : Jennifer Hitchcock © Some rights reserved.
- Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS 6.2-18.6mm f/2.8-4.9 (Eq.38-114mm)
ISO 80 f/8.0 1/160 sec 6.2mm (38mm in 35mm film)
- Location : Machupicchu, Peru (Google Earth 3D View)
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|Machu Picchu (“Old Peak”) is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2430 m above sea level. Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, hich is 80 km northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.||The Incas started building the “estate” around AD 1400, but abandoned it as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Most of the outlying buildings have … New Seven Wonders of the World Wikipedia|
One of the best views of Macchu Picchu is from the little used trail that goes up the back side.
Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire
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