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November 10, 2012

Peru Impression II - Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America, which is 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometers 50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca Empire. The construction of Machu Picchu appears to date from the period of the two great Incas, Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui (1438-71) and Tupac Inca Yupanqui(1472-93). It was abandoned just over 100 years later, in 1572, as a belated result of the Spanish Conquest. It has become the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

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Breath taking scenes I saw at each angle I turned.  I could stay at Machu Picchu forever, so beautiful...  It was one of the most wonderful trips I have experienced, all about people, culture and history...  If you would like too view more beautiful photos I took, please visit my Photography - Ruins Gallery at:  http://xueling-zou.artistwebsites.com/art/all/photography+-+ruins/all




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