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Machu Picchu “old peak” is a 15th-century Inca site 7,970 ft above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region of Peru 50 mi northwest of Cusco. The Incas built it around 1450, but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest.. A lot of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed. Since the site was not known to the Spanish, it is highly significant as a relatively intact cultural site. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry stone walls and originally had thatched roofs. It was plundered for artifacts by Hiram Bingham who “discovered” it.

A Church at Train stop and passing point.

Station at Agua Calientes

Diesel Railcar at Agua Calientes

The Town like the Wild West


 Agua Calientes


The Hotel Dining room complete with genuine roosting vampire bats

Tourist Entry Point to Machu Picchu

The end of the Inca Trail


A restored Resthouse on the Inca Trail

Restored Gatehouse to Machu Picchu

Surrounding Mountains

Houses in Machu Picchu

Main Temple Machu Picchu with earthquake damage

General View Machu Picchu

Agricultural Terraces

Principal Town Gate only a loaded llama wide

Terrace Structure which includes suitable drainage

Corridor in a building, note the joints

Cupboards with joist holes

Windows all precisely the same Trapizoidal shape. The arch had not been discovered


Main Temple Wall

House Gable Ends

House Drain

Second Peak connected by narrow path

 A Window of precise angle

Town Gate

Locals sliding

Llama and Baby

Stairway and defunct waterway

The "Sun Temple"

Cave Room cut into the rock

"Hitching Post of the Sun"

Copy of Skyline opposite

Main Temple, some earthquake damage

Hillsides on road up

Looking Down

Cloud Forest

Clouds roll down

Cloud Forest

Clouds coming down

Ghost Tree


Llama Posing

"Moon Temple"

Far side of the town

Inca Bridge


Main Stairs


Train for Cusco

Passing stop on the single track route

Stretching into distance

Cusco Airport

Volcano Crater

Cusco from the air

Mountain Road

River cuts through the mountains

Folk group on the train

The Andes in the Distance

And another view

The Observation Car and local band.

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