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This is the classic Machu Picchu shot, the one everybody has seen a million times, and a bit boring because of that. I include it for 3 reasons..
1 - there are several versions of this pic here on TE, and they are all different, that is the light is always different, and there is a lot to be learnt by viewing the same view in different light. As light is the ONLY thing that photos capture, anything we can learn about it is going to be very useful. Many times when taking photos its more important to think of light than 'things'.
2 - Machu Picchu is changing -restoration is changing it. I have a pic from the same place I took 8 years before, and I can see they have built some new terraces where previously there weren't any. I was just looking at the original photos by Hiram Bingham (when they discovered the ruin in 1912) and it is noticeable that many bits have been built since then. I think this is being done sensitively here (restoring and replacing, not building), but at many sites you get the impression that new thiings are being built, just to make the place more spectacular and, presumably, to attract more tourist dollars. Also the number of people visiting it is changing and possibly ruining it.
Good for local economy, but detrimental to enjoyment.
3 - it is truly a remarkable view. Photos cannot do it justice. As you descend from the gateway of the sun you will be knocked out by the view. It surely must be one of the most amazing places in the world.

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