Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Beauty of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, know as the lost city of the Incas, was unknown to the outside world until a century ago, when Hiram Bingham of Yale University led an expedition there and published photos and information of his discovery. The local population was familiar with the site and led him there. There was some evidence that others had been there before him, but he was the first to publicize the site.
Machu Picchu is remarkable because it was never discovered by the Spanish and it remained for exploration by 20th Century archeologists without having been plundered or disturbed, except by the vegetation that had largely overgrown the site. Gold and other artifacts were discovered and removed, and there is some controversy about whether Yale University should return them to Peru.
Straddling the top of a mountain, the clouds drift up and encircle Machu Picchu. The terracing of the mountain top provided flat areas for agricultural use.
The people of Peru's Sacred Valley, where Machu Picchu is located, wear colorful clothes and lead a rigorous life. This woman consented to allowing her photo to be taken while she rested during a walk up the mountain to a church for a wedding.
This child posed for a photo on a mountain pass, at 16,000 feet (4,875 meters) elevation between Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.
Machu Piccu straddles the crest of a mountain in a saddle between higher mountain peaks. Wayna Picchu is the mountain peak on the other side of Machu Picchu. There is a hiking trail to the top of it, where there are more Inca runs.

13 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you very much for this journey towards a place, which seems to be a more a dream, than reality.

A wonderful start into the new week and a nice Sunday too.

glenda said...

Beautiful photos. Your people pictures are exceptional. This place is magical, It is on my must see list!

Memphis MOJO said...

Last week, I was talking to my brother about Machu Picchu -- we both have it on our bucket list.

Did you ride a bus to the top, or how did you get there?

JM said...

This is such an amazing place! I would really love to go back there, but I've heard about the new espresso(?) train and the amount of tourists now...

Phivos Nicolaides said...

This is where I want to go one day! Great place and photos too!

Kaori said...

I've always wanted to visit machu picchu. Now your beautiful photos make me want to go even more!

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Lois said...

I'm always amazed at the ability of ancient peoples to build such impressive structures. I would love to visit this place, but I'm not sure I could do all that climbing! The pictures are beautiful.

JM said...

Have you heard what's going on at Machu Picchu now?

brattcat said...

These are inspired and inspiring.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

JM,
The photos on the news about the evacuation of tourists from Machu Picchu due to the recent flooding are amazing. It seems that the helicopter evacuations were accomplished in a very efficient manner.

I am very concerned about the townspeople in Agua Calientes at the base of the mountain. They will be without income from the tourists for several months while the train tracks are rebuilt.

Darlnk said...

Hi, we are heading there in January. I would like to take my phone camera, Nokia N95 and a video camera that also takes stills. Will these two be a good choice for this?

Darlnk said...

Thank you very much. We are heading there in January. I would like to take my phone camera a Nokia N95, and a video camera. Are these wise choices in your opinion?

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