Machu Picchu ("Old Peak") is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru,South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the "City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.
The Incas started building the "estate" around 1400, but abandoned it as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored. The restoration work continues to this day.
My pictures looks like the top is missing but I tried to give emphasis to the ruins more than the majestic mountains.
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quovadis (928) 2012-10-30 17:35
Hi Eleni !
A stunning view, beauty, colour, and sharpness wise. I only would move your lens a bit more "north" in order to show the entire mountain and some of the background. I understand you didn't want to miss out the stone structures at the bottom, sometimes it's hard to make a choice due to the unique position of an area. Still it's a great pleasure to look at this amazing mountain formation. Thanks for sharing !
pajaran (48959) 2012-10-30 23:34
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, i istorija ...
Lep pogled na stari grad ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo ste pokazali stari grad, moje cestitke.
Lepa stara arhitektura.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good text, and history ...
A nice view of the town ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, nice to show you the old city, my congratulations.
Beautiful old architecture.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
danos (83603) 2012-10-31 0:27
Ελένη γεια σου,
πολύ όμορφη φωτογραφία από το Machu Picchu με τα ερείπια της παλιάς πόλης να φαίνονται σήμερα σαν φαντάσματα ενός παλιού καλού καιρού της περιοχής.
Καλός ο φωτισμός,αλλά εγώ θα έβαζα και την κορυφή του βουνού και ας έχανα λίγη από την μαγεία των ερειπίων.
Silvio1953 (116895) 2012-10-31 0:45
Ciao Eleni, great POV on fantastic plache, wonderful panoramic view, splendid light and well saturated colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
TopGeo (38192) 2012-10-31 2:02
Γειά σου Ελένη!
Συμφωνώ πως είναι μια ενδιαφέρουσα περιοχή και ιστορική το Machu Picchu! Η εικόνα δίνει εύγλωτα πολλά στοιχεία!
Καλή σε γενικές γραμμές και κατατοπιστικές οι πληροφορίες
macjake (52930) 2012-10-31 4:16
you show us the Classic views of Machu Picchu :)
how could anyone not enjoy a view like this.
were you able to walk around the site that we see below or only take photo's from here?
and did you do the 3-4 day hike?
I'll be here in May 2013.
maria-v1981 (10814) 2012-11-01 5:21
Συνεχίζεις να μας αποκαλύπτεις όμορφες εικόνες από το Machu Picchu. Κάθε λεπτό είναι μοναδικό. Οι αντιθέσεις είναι απίστευτες και γενικά η αποικία είναι στην μέση του πουθενά. Φανταστική εμπειρία.
Καλό μήνα και καλή συνέχεια,
ikeharel (53049) 2012-11-02 11:59
I like the series a lot - the place is overwhelming.
Just the tight crop, doe's some damage to the scenery. Yet, it concetrate the view on the old ruins.
Have a nice friday evening,
*** Just red an article about the island of Ikaria in Greece, 45km from Turkey - people there live longer than 100... drink the local natural herb-tea...
Robert1969 (6858) 2012-11-08 0:40
I saw your other pictures of this surrounding and
it's smart that you cut up the picture for two
- the sky wasn't beautiful, so now you emphasize
extra the landscape
- you creates a nice wide (panorama) picture.
Composition and light management are good.
Miguel82 (20950) 2014-06-05 7:37
This is your first shot of Peru series Eleni, it's surprising to note the fact that Machu Picchu, a worldwide site of interest was discovered only recently, beautiful sight, have a good day!
- Copyright: eleni mavrandoni (elenimavrandoni) (14241)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2012-09-12
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200mm, Polarizer Rocketfish
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