Central Plaza in Aguas Calientes, Peru.
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Central Plaza in Aguas Calientes, Peru.

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The central plaza in Aguas Calientes, Peru.  The large statue in the center is of the Inca Pachicuteq who may have been responsible for the construction of Machu Picchu.  Aguas Calientes is the main stopover point on the way to Machu Picchu. 

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Peru

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A: Mercado Aguas Calientes

di Willy Kaemena, 90 metri di distanza

Mercado Artesanal

Mercado Aguas Calientes

B: Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes

di Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 240 metri di distanza

Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes

C: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

di Willy Kaemena, 240 metri di distanza

Wikipedia: "Aguas Calientes is the colloquial name for Machupicchu Pueblo, a town in Peru on the Urub...

Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

D: Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu Peru

di Julius Sunpanoramas.com, 270 metri di distanza

Small village at the base of Machu Picchu. The sole purpose of this village is to accommodate visitor...

Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu Peru

E: The Urubamba River in Aguas Calientes

di Joe Griffin, 420 metri di distanza

This was taken in a small park along the Urubamba River in Aguas Calientes.  The Urubamba River crash...

The Urubamba River in Aguas Calientes

F: In the train to machu picchu

di Ivan Schuler Pascasio, 510 metri di distanza

In the train to machu picchu

In the train to machu picchu

G: Machu Picchu seen from Putucusi/ 03.2012

di NilsW, 1.6 km di distanza

Machu Picchu seen from Putucusi

Machu Picchu seen from Putucusi/ 03.2012

H: Machupicchu Sonnentor

di Rolf Ris, 2.1 km di distanza

Machupicchu Sonnentor

I: Machu Picchu Terraces

di Joe Griffin, 2.5 km di distanza

I like this view of Machu Picchu.  I took it near the bottom of the cleared area close to where the h...

Machu Picchu Terraces

J: Llama Of Machu Picchu

di Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 2.5 km di distanza

Llama Of Machu Picchu

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