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Machu Picchu, "Old Mountain" or "The Lost City of the Incas" is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Cusco. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire.

It was built around the year 1450, but abandoned a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Forgotten for centuries, the site was brought to worldwide attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. It has recently come to light that the site may have been discovered and raided several years previously, in 1867 by a German businessman, Augusto Berns.[2] It was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its primary buildings are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. These are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu. In September of 2007, Peru and Yale University reached an agreement regarding the return of artifacts which Hiram Bingham had removed from Machu Picchu in the early 20th century. Currently, there are concerns about the impact of tourism on the site as it reached 400,000 visitors in 2003.

This photo was taken at the northwest end of the Machu Pichu area which is at the opposite end of the modern entrance to the site. I was lucky that throughout the day the sun was shining with some occasional low clouds.

Information above taken from Wikipedia.

Nikon D200
2008/07/04 08:36:10.1
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Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
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1/200 sec - F/7.1
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Sensitivity: ISO 100
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Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
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Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: Copyright (C) 2008 Andre' Salvador
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: On

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