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The giant fortress of Sacsahuamán – Cuzco
The imposing entrance to the Palace of Ollantaytambo.
Detail of the wall of the Palace of Ollantaytambo.
Detail of an uncu, precursor of the Indian Ponchos.
Two of the seven snakes of the Street Calle de las Siete Culebras - Cuzco
Panoramic view of the sacred city of Machu Picchu, seen from Huayna Picchu
The famous Baño de la Ñusta, the bath of the princess - Ollantaytambo
Golden idols of the Inca Period (Golden Museum, Lima)
Alpacas and lamas in front of the impressive wall of Saqsayhuamán - Cuzco.
The vast archaeological complex of Pisac, one of the imperial "capitals".
Three ulltis or conopas, carefully polished alpaca figures made of black basalt used as votive offerings to the pachamama.
The salt of Maras is still extracted like in the days of the Incas.
Ingapirca in Ecuador was one of the most beautiful monuments of the Inca empire and also the border town in the north.
Inca pottery, small pot of 17 cm in height, with the shape of a human head with stylized braids.
The mysterious Intihuatana of Machu Picchu.
The sacred city of Machu Picchu, seen from Huayna Picchu.
Upon a hilltop in the shadow of mount Huayna Picchu (in the background), the sacred city of Machu Picchu (“old mountain” in Quechua) was erected in the 15th century under ¬the Inca emperor Pachacutec. In 1983 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 2007 it was designated as one of the seven new wonders of the world by NewOpenWorld Foundation.
This 24-cm tall and 550-g heavy gold statuette was found in an Inca grave near Nevado Ausangate, 6336 meters high, in the region of Cuzco, Peru (Inka Museum, San Antonio de Abad National University, Cuzco).
The ruins of Machu Picchu – shot here from the top of mount Huayna Picchu – remained forgotten during four centuries before they were rediscovered in 1911 by American archaeologist and researcher Hiram Bingham, from Yale University.