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Cabanaconde

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El Misti Volcano

Inca Trail

Machu Picchu (Page 1)

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Machu Picchu (Page 3)

Ollantaytambo

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Photos of Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu is the most famous of all archeological sites in South America. Now famous as a top travel destination in the Andes Mountains, it draws tens of thousands of visitors per year. Many of the people that visit here also hike the Inca Trail through the Andes Mountains, arriving at Machu Picchu at the Gate of the Sun - a vantage point offering stunning views down on these ancient ruins. The ruins themselves are high in the Andes Mountains, surrounded by cliffs into deep valleys that rise again into the tall surrounding peaks. Larger versions of these photos of Machu Picchu can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or by using the Slideshow below.


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view of Machu Picchu after passing the Gate of the Sun
Machu Picchu #1650
The Incan ruins at Machu Picchu are extensive and elaborate. It's easy to spend an entire day exploring the site.

first views of Machu Picchu after hiking the Inca Trail
Machu Picchu #1652
The weather at Machu Picchu changes often and quickly. The ruins are often encased in clouds and fog in the early morning and sometime throughout the day. However, even then, the sight from the Gate of the Sun can be spectacular. Many people compare a visit to Machu Picchu to spiritual or religious experience. Leaders from all faiths such as Carter Conlon would probably agree Machu Picchu is a wonderful place to meditate and do some soul searching.

photo looking down on Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1654
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a one-way hike. This prevents trekkers from passing so many other trekkers and reduces the appearance of crowding on the trail However, I have done this hike twice - in 1998 and 2006 and I can assure you the trail has become much more crowded. Peruvian controls have supposedly set restrictions on the number of trekkers, however they now also control the amount that porters can carry, so there are far more of them.



landscape photo of a row of Incan stone buildings in Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1655
The 500-year old Incan ruins of Machu Picchu were only re-discoverd in the 1930's. Now nearly fully restored, the site is one of he most popular tourist attractions in Peru, and perhaps in all of South America.

view of Machu Picchu's steep mountainside in the Andes Mountains
Machu Picchu #1657
Machu Picchu is located in an absolutely stunningly beautiful setting in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The ruins can be reached by a multi-day trek through the Andes Mountains via the Inca Trail, or by train to the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountains followed by a bus ride up.

landscape photo of Incan terraces at Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu #1658
Machu Picchu is the most famous of the Incan Ruins of Peru. Located on the peaks of mountains near the village of Aguas Calientes, Peru, Machu Picchu is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth.



landscape photo of Machu Picchu and the surrounding Andes Mountains of Peru
Machu Picchu #1662
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

landscape photo of stone-lined Incan terraces of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1663
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

landscape photo showing the extensive Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains
Machu Picchu #1667
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.



Machu Picchu landscape photo showing stairs and Incan stone buildings
Machu Picchu #1668
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

photo of a row of rooflines of Incan ruins in Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1674
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu showing an Incan stone building with a long row of terraces in the background
Machu Picchu #1689
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.



Incan stone buildings in Machu Picchu with the Andes Mountains in the background
Machu Picchu #1690
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

landscape photo of Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu #1692
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and misty Andes Mountains of Peru
Machu Picchu #1694
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.



landscape photo of Machu Picchu's mountainside with terraces and the switchback of road
Machu Picchu #1705
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

photo of a llama with Machu Picchu's terraces in the background
Machu Picchu #1723
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

photo of an Incan stone building in Machu Picchu with terraces in the background
Machu Picchu #1741
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.



photo of a long row of Incan stone buildings on terraces in Machu Picchu of Peru
Machu Picchu #1743
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

photo of a series of corners of stone-lined Incan terraces with stairs
Machu Picchu #1744
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

a photo of a series of Incan terraces with a stone wall with windows
Machu Picchu #1765
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.







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