Ancient Cities - Macchu Picchu and Urubamba Valley, Peru

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Visited: Mid Nov

Of all the world's ancient cities, this is probably the most dramatic location, perched precipitously on a saddle above the deep Urubamba valley below. The Inca Trail allows a few other minor sites to be visited and an insight into the mountain foothills scenery in the area, but the highlight is defintely Machhu Picchu itself. Sites nearer to Cuzco are also quite spectacular, with Pisac and Sascayhuaman two of the better ones.
Macchu Picchu - Peru
Main site and Huayna Picchu from upper terraces nr sunrise, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA389

Machu Picchu from Porta del Sol, Machu Picchu (S), Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 8-Jun-94, W216

Llama, Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu (S), Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 9-Jun-94, W41

Main site and Huayna Picchu from upper terraces nr sunrise, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA393

Inca stonework on wall of Royal Palace (L) and Central Plaza (R), with Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA395

Inca stones around Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA396

Mtns to N through windows of Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA397

Mtns to N and Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA398

Upper terraces from above Principal Temple, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA400

Window in Intihuatana (hitching post of the sun) and Huayna Picchu (R), Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA401

Intihuatana (hitching post of the sun) and terraces to SE, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA402

Building to N of Central Plaza (nr the Three Doorways complex), with Urubamba Valley beyond, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA404

Residential buildings and moutains on far side of Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA406

Staircase leading down though Residential Buildings and moutains on far side of Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA407

Main site and Huayna Picchu from upper terraces, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA413

Inca stonework at doorway in Royal Palace, Machu Picchu (S), Huiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 18-Nov-03, SA416

Pisac - Urubamba Valley - Peru
Ruins below Intiwatana with mtns to N and E, Pisac (S), Cuzco, Perú, 14-Nov-03, SA331

Doorway and Inca stonework at Intiwatana, Pisac (S), Cuzco, Perú, 14-Nov-03, SA335

Terraces below Qallaqasa and Urubamba Valley, Pisac (S), Cuzco, Perú, 14-Nov-03, SA337

 
Cuzco and Sacsayhuamán - Peru
Inca stonework and view SW along Calle Tríunfo towards Plaza de Armas, Cuzco, Cuzco, Perú, 13-Nov-03, SA323

Inca walls, Sacsayhuamán (S), Cuzco, Perú, 14-Nov-03, SA340

Walls and massive Inca stonework, Sacsayhuamán (S), Cuzco, Perú, 14-Nov-03, SA341

Inca stonework doorway, Sacsayhuamán (S), Cuzco, Perú, 14-Nov-03, SA345

Inca Trail sites - Peru
Clouds and distant valleys from Llulluchapampa Campsite, Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA365

View from Warmiwañusca Pass (Dead Woman's) (about 4000) down into Llullucha Valley, Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA368

Runturacay Ruin, Runturacay (S), Huayllabamba - Paso Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - Pacamayo valley Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 16-Nov-03, SA371

Sayacmarca Ruins and Río Aobamba Valley, Sayacmarca (S), Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA376

Phuyupatamarca terraces and Inti Pata ruins (R) from below Third Pass, Phuyupatamarca (S), Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA379

Huiñay Huayna Ruins, Huiñay Huayna (S), Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA383

Steps leading down to Huiñay Huayna Ruins, Huiñay Huayna (S), Pacamayo valley - Runturacay - Second Pass - Saycamarca - Phuyupatamarca - Huiñay Huayna Section, Inca Trail (T), Cuzco, Perú, 17-Nov-03, SA385

 
Ollantaytambo - Urubamba Valley - Peru
Granite Inca blocks and Ollantaytambo Village, Urubamba Village, Ollantaytambo (S), Cuzco, Perú, 19-Nov-03, SA417

Inca wall stonework on main terrace, Ollantaytambo (S), Cuzco, Perú, 19-Nov-03, SA419

Inca wall and doorway stonework on main terrace, Ollantaytambo (S), Cuzco, Perú, 19-Nov-03, SA421

Lower terraces and surrounding mtns, Ollantaytambo (S), Cuzco, Perú, 19-Nov-03, SA423

Inca doorway stonework on main terrace, Ollantaytambo (S), Cuzco, Perú, 19-Nov-03, SA422