Saturday, 22 November 2008

The lost city of the Incas

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian site located 2.400 meters above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. It was built around the year 1460, but was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a hundred years later, at the time of the spanish conquest of the Inca empire. Although known locally, it was said to have been forgotten for centuries when the site was brought to worldwide attention in 1911 by american historian Hiram Bingham. It is also one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Looking down you can see the train that connects Machu Picchu to Cuzco, a wonderful 6 hours journey through the most amazing sceneries.
Aguas Calientes is the last train stop. Once here you have to take a van to go to the site on top of the mountain.


photonio said...

i would like to travel one day to peru . i think it's amazing place .

olhodopombo said...

Nossa! as fotos são fantasticas!
me deu uma vontade louca d ebotar a mochila na scostas e ir para la!

mas como estou me preparando para ir a India, me contive...

Kengot said...

Thanks for comment about my blog.
There are beautiful photos in your blog.

Leena said...

How is this possible, I have not been here for a long time!
And these places are marvelous to see, also Santorini, where I have not been even i have visited many other islands of Greece.
Now we are planning a journey to China next April.
Nice day to you !

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi JM :)

Many thanks for this exclusive tour of the lost city of the Incas. The journey must have been quite difficult and arduous. The train journey looks dangerous but the scenic beauty is breath taking.
I thoroughly enjoyed the rare, precious photos with a sense of awe.

Have a wonderful day :)

Shutterupshutterbug said...

Beautiful photos. This is my dream vacation. Your photos make me want to book my flight today! Thanks for sharing.

Peter said...

I enjoyed Aguas Calientes. A crazy place!

Lindsay said...

I trawled through your posts as I felt sure Machu Picchu would be here! I made it there back in June despite having a knee problem and walking was tricky! It was worth the pain. My camera died in the train on then way up, so your pictures are balm to my soul.