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First Rays of Dawn over the Ancient Citadel of Machu Picchu

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Palavras-chave: inca, machu picchu, cusco, peru

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Perched on a precipitous mountain ridge at 2,430m above Urubamba Valley, overlooking the fast flowing river of the same name and surrounded on all sides by impossibly jagged mountain peaks, the ancient Citadel of Machu Picchu is a sight to behold. Setting off at 4 am from the nearby tourist trap of Agua Calientes, I made it to the entrance gate just before 5:30 am and was fortunate enough to witness the magical sunrise before the whole place was swarmed with tourists.

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A: Machu Picchu before Sunset

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B: The Glowing Sky before Dawn over Machu Picchu

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C: Machu Picchu from the Caretaker's Hut

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D: The Lost City of the Incas

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

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E: Machu Picchu

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F: Machu Picchu overlook

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G: The Royal Residence 3

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

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H: The Royal Residence 1

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I: Machu Picchu

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J: The Royal Residence 2

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

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