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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ruins on a ridge high in the Andes mountains. Machu Picchu was a city of the Incas, a civilisation that inhabited the Andean regions of northern South America. They ruled an extensive empire in the 15th and 16th centuries, which fell to the invading Spanish conquistadors. The city covers 13 square kilometres and is built in terraces of one-room stone houses (now roofless) arranged around central courtyards and linked by stairways. The architecture shows engineering skill and fine craftsmanship. Machu Picchu is 80 kilometres north-west of Cuzco, Peru, 600 metres above the Urubamba River at an altitude of 2350 metres

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This print showcases the awe-inspiring beauty of Machu Picchu, an ancient city nestled on a ridge high in the Andes mountains. Once inhabited by the Incas, a remarkable civilization that thrived in northern South America during the 15th and 16th centuries, this magnificent site now stands as a testament to their ingenuity and architectural prowess. Covering an expansive area of 13 square kilometers, Machu Picchu is comprised of terraces adorned with one-room stone houses arranged around central courtyards interconnected by intricate stairways. The engineering skill and fine craftsmanship evident in its construction leave visitors marveling at the sheer brilliance of these ruins. Situated approximately 80 kilometers northwest of Cuzco, Peru, this tropical settlement sits proudly at an altitude of 2350 meters above the Urubamba River. Its elevated location offers breathtaking panoramic views that transport you back in time to when it was once bustling with life. Today, Machu Picchu remains deserted and abandoned; however, its allure continues to captivate archaeologists and tourists alike. This UNESCO World Heritage Site serves as a window into an ancient civilization's rich history while showcasing the stunning beauty of Peruvian architecture amidst South America's rugged landscapes. As you gaze upon this mesmerizing image captured by Science Photo Library, allow yourself to be transported to a world where ancient civilizations thrived against all odds—a world where mystery meets grandeur atop these terraced hills known as Machu Picchu.

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