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The Machu Picchu doesn't need much introduction, it is the most famous Inca site of Peru, and maybe the most beautiful place in the Americas. The city is located at 2430m above sea-level. Machu Picchu is the "old peak" on which the "Lost city of the Inca's" is built, right behind is Huayna Picchu, or the "young peak". It is believed that it was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca empire, as an estate for Inca Pachacuti. Because of the position of the city, related to the sacred landscape, it was also a religious site. Most religious sites were in alignment with key astronomical events, as it is the case with Machu Picchu. By 1572 the city was abandoned, as a result of the spanish conquest. As the most sacred buildings were intact, it is logic to assume that the Spanish never found the city. 

For a long time nobody knew about the ruins, except for locals living in the Sacred Valley, until Hiram Bingham rediscovered the city for the National Geographic Society in 1911. He returned several times to Peru and the Machu Picchu to direct the restaurations. Many excavated pieces were taken away to the Yale University, with which the government of Peru has a long standing discussion for retrieving the artefacts. A part has been sent back, but there is still more to come. In 1983, the Unesco declared the Machu Picchu a world heritage site, discribing it as "an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization". 

Exif: 24mm, 1/40, F11, ISO 50

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B+W UV Filter, Tripod.

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:iconsimply-uriel-2015:
simply-uriel-2015 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Beautiful :)
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015   Photographer
Thank you a lot Enciu! :) 
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simply-uriel-2015 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
You're welcome :)
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015   Photographer
:)
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eldesertor Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Y eso que no se podemos ver la foto a la definición que se merece, es estupenda. Cogiste la luz de un modo fantástico, buen uso del trípode :D
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015   Photographer
Muchas gracias JRa :) Es verdad que la foto puede ser imprimida a 2 metros de largo y los detalles son perfectos... Es verdad que el trípode hizo su trabajo y ademas esperar a este punto hasta que todos los visitantes habían salido :)
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eldesertor Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
La paciencia tiene recompensa, es la mas evocadora de todas las fotos que he visto de MachuPichu. Fantástico.
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015   Photographer
Gracias totales :)
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
What a stunning place. You've captured it so perfectly. Beautiful blue sky, great shadows, sharp and clear throughout. A perfect photo. Excellent work and thanks for sharing this magnificent site with us on DA.

Have a great day.

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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015   Photographer
Thank you a lot for your very positive comment ;)
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:iconleopold002:
Leopold002 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful!
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015   Photographer
Thank you a lot, and also a big thank you for the favourites! :) 
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:iconjohn-peter:
John-Peter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely place! Beautiful view and composition :)
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   Photographer
Thank you a lot João! :)
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SurroundedByFire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible way of doing it, I like it.
Greetings from México.
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015   Photographer
Muchas gracias por el comentario positivo Edgardo! :) 
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:iconvrinda-the-wistful:
Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding! The light is exquisite, and the square format is perfect  :)
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015   Photographer
Thank you for the kind comment Vrinda :) 
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:iconwolf912:
wolf912 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Amazing. :D
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015   Photographer
I'm happy you like it! :)
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:iconjimmasterpieces:
Jimmasterpieces Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing, and lovely workWink/Razz 
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015   Photographer
Thank you a lot! :) 
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:iconjimmasterpieces:
Jimmasterpieces Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure anytime my friend
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015   Photographer
:)
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:iconjimmasterpieces:
Jimmasterpieces Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool 
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015   Photographer
:)
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Jimmasterpieces Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Derpy Dud emoticon 
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Someone-Else79 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Et le Machu Picchu qui est un lieu qui me fascine .... Je n'y suis pas allée, juste vu des photos ....... et la tienne est très belle ...
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
Tu devras y aller à ta prochaine visite :) Et mon avis serait d'y aller entre fin mai et fin juin... La premère fois que j'y était en 2004, il n'y avait que de la brume, c'était en août... Je me souviens qq'n qui y est allé trois fois, trois fois dans la brume... Alors il faut aussi un peu de chance pour avoir une journée complète de soleil comme c'était le cas ici...
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Someone-Else79 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Oui, je devrais y aller ... mais je crains bien de n'y aller jamais .... phobie des avions et manque de moyens .... alors je visite par procuration, en regardant les photos de ceux qui voyagent !!!! :)  Pour cela, ta galerie est parfaite, avec tes magnifiques photos d'ailleurs !!!
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Photographer
Je pense que tu as encore le temps d'y aller, non? :) La phobie des avions, je pense que ça peut être surmonté si le désir de voyager est plus grand que la peur d'être assise pendant quelques heures avec des films, nourriture et champagne (si tu prends un vol Air France) :) Qu'est-ce que tu en penses? ^^ 
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Someone-Else79 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Je pense qu'il faudrait m’assommer pour que je puisse prendre un avion .... :) 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   Photographer
Ou bien une pilule "beta-blocker", aucune idée comment cela s'appelle en français, mais c'est quelque chose qui bloque la partie chimique du stress... Et deux somnifères ;) Et une personne de confiance qui voyage avec toi :) 
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Someone-Else79 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Oh, je n'ai jamais trouvé que les bêta-bloquants avaient un effet sur le stress  :( ..... il me faudrait une boîte entière de tranquillisants ;) ... et oui, tu as raison, surtout pas seule !!!
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 23, 2014   Photographer
:D Je ne sais pas si ces pilules marchent non plus... Jamais essayé, mais alors on doublera la dose pour toi :p Et un petit valium en extra :D

De toute façon, traverser la rue est plus dangereux que voler en avion :) Je pense que dans ma vie j'ai déjà voler plus ou moins 400 fois, et j'adore... Manger, boire et voir de nouveau films, avec de la chance quelqu'un de sociable à côté pour faire la conversation... :) 
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
astounding!
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot Melanie :) 
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome! 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   Photographer
:)
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SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!Peru must be great!
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Photographer
Yes, very :) Next month i think i'll go for my 5th time... 
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SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so lucky :)
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m-lucia Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
fantastic place! awesome image! :clap:
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot! :) 
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015   Photographer
Thank you a lot J.R.! :) 
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015   Photographer
:)
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
^*^
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015   Photographer
:)
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