Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photos Of Machu Picchu, Peru

A classic view of the ruins, with Waynapicchu behind.

The Royal Residences section.  Uptown Machu Picchu

Looking north from the main plaza.

Lucky residents enjoyed incredible views.

Temple with fine stonework.

Incas - the original stairmasters.

The only circular building in Machu Picchu.  Fitted perfectly to stone below.

Sunrise at the Temple of three windows.

Insteresting stone details were everywhere.  This staircase was carved out of solid rock. 

Rooms with a view.

Temple of the three windows.
The wooden roof supports were tied to these stone pegs. 

Intiwatana, stone for tracking the sun.  Perhaps the most important stone in Machu Picchu.  These were typically destroyed by the Spanish.

Shallow dishes carved of solid stone.  When filled with water they make fine mirrors.
The caretakers said that often the Llamas come and drink all the water.

Subject carving in the Condor Temple.

Some of the many terraces at Machu Picchu.

Channels carved in a temple bench.  To drain blood away during scrifices?

Whimsical Inca stonework.

Great detail on a huge stone block.

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