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Machu Picchu

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Wikipedia : " Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Pikchu) – "Old Mountain", pronounced [ˈmɑtʃu ˈpixtʃu]) – is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 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 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.

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Bilder in der Nähe von Peru

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A: Machu Picchu

von Ivan Schuler Pascasio, 20 Meter entfernt

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

B: The Royal Residence 2

von Arroz Marisco, 30 Meter entfernt

Just another view from the Royal Residence near its entrance from the Central Plaza.

The Royal Residence 2

C: The Royal Residence 1

von Arroz Marisco, 30 Meter entfernt

I was just wandering and ended up here at the Royal Residential Complex - the stonewalls here are par...

The Royal Residence 1

D: The Royal Residence 3

von Arroz Marisco, 40 Meter entfernt

Just another view from the Royal Residence along the corridor - the Caretaker Hut greets the resident...

The Royal Residence 3

E: Machu Picchu, Peru/ 03.2012

von NilsW, 50 Meter entfernt

Machu Picchu March 2012

Machu Picchu, Peru/ 03.2012

F: Machu Picchu backsteps

von Ivan Schuler Pascasio, 60 Meter entfernt

On the Back steps of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu backsteps

G: Machu Picchu,

von Martin Banks, 60 Meter entfernt

Machu Picchu, the awesome ancient Incan city virtually unknown to the world until Bingham chanced on ...

Machu Picchu,

H: Machu Picchu - The Lost City of the Incas

von Sidnei José Romano, 70 Meter entfernt

Machu Picchu, which in the Quechua language means "old montain" is also called "Lost City of the Inca...

Machu Picchu - The Lost City of the Incas

I: Our Nica-Machu Picchu trip!

von Javier Herdocia, 70 Meter entfernt

Our Nica-Machu Picchu trip!

J: Machu Picchu

von Rolf Ris, 90 Meter entfernt

The great place of Machu Picchu - Peru.

Machu Picchu

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Dies ist ein Überblick von South America

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Text by Steve Smith.

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