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Machu Picchu - The Lost City of the Incas

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Machu Picchu, which in the Quechua language means "old montain" is also called "Lost City of the Incas", is located on a montain at 2400 meter altitude in the valley of the Urubamba River in Peru. It was built in  the fifteenth century under de orders of Pachacutti.

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A: Machu Picchu,

di Martin Banks, 40 metri di distanza

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

Machu Picchu,

B: Machu Picchu

di Rolf Ris, 50 metri di distanza

The great place of Machu Picchu - Peru.

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C: Machu Picchu, Peru/ 03.2012

di NilsW, 50 metri di distanza

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Machu Picchu, Peru/ 03.2012

D: Small enclosure at Machu Picchu

di Joe Griffin, 60 metri di distanza

I'm not sure what it was used for, but this was a cool little enclosure with nice masonry and well ca...

Small enclosure at Machu Picchu

E: The Royal Residence 2

di Arroz Marisco, 70 metri di distanza

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

The Royal Residence 2

F: Machu Picchu

di Willy Kaemena, 70 metri di distanza

Wikipedia : " Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Pikchu) – "Old Mountain", pronounced [ˈmɑtʃu ˈpixtʃu]) – i...

Machu Picchu

G: Our Nica-Machu Picchu trip!

di Javier Herdocia, 80 metri di distanza

Our Nica-Machu Picchu trip!

H: Machu Picchu

di Ivan Schuler Pascasio, 80 metri di distanza

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

I: The Royal Residence 1

di Arroz Marisco, 80 metri di distanza

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

The Royal Residence 1

J: Terrazze a Machu Picchu - Perù

di Sidnei José Romano, 90 metri di distanza

Terrazze a Machu Picchu - Perù

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Peru, South America

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