Machu Picchu: Exploring the lost city of the Incas

18 Jan

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Machu Picchu sits near the top of many people’s bucket lists, and it’s easy to see why.  The original stone masonry, contrasting with the mountains, forms a setting that cannot be compared to any other place on Earth.  The Incas constructed Machu Picchu in about 1450, and historians argue over the significance of the archeological site. Unnoticed and untouched by the Spanish during the conquest, the ruins were “discovered” by Hiram Bingham in 1911.  Though we visited during the rainy season, the sun was shining for most of the day, and it only rained later in the afternoon (hence the change in lighting in the photos).

Photos by Megan Roltgen, Lacey Weninger and Mike Dorsher.

Equipo Peru visiting journalist Sharon Kessler has posted another Machu Picchu slideshow, focusing on the Inca’s stonework, on her StoneBankBlog.wordpress.com

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