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Machu Picchu

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Pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 metres (8,000 ft) above sea level.[1] 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. 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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  • MiguelVP 11 months ago
    Great picture showing the magnificence of Machu Picchu. Thanks for sharing it. Miguel
  • Julius Sunpanoramas.com 11 months ago
    Thanks Ken. It was an amazing place to be and take photos. That dark speck is strange. It is in the original too and looks like dirt on the image captor but I remember believing it was a bird. But I guess I should have removed it anyway.
  • Ken 11 months ago
    If you look at this picture there is a black dot in the sky to the right of the thatched roof stone house on the hill. To be more specific it sits above a stone wall with what appears to have a large grey rock as part of its structure. You have to zoom in to see it..........Apart from that observation it is a fabulous picture. Thank you
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    A: The Glowing Sky before Dawn over Machu Picchu

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    B: Machu Picchu before Sunset

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    H: Machu Picchu overlook

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    I: The Royal Residence 2

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    J: Machu Picchu

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