The classic view of Machu Picchu with mist swirling up from the Urubamba river valley far below. Left of the central plaza is the upper urban area with many of the most important buildings and the Intihuatana stone.
RUINS OF MACHU PICCHU, PERU
DETAIL OF STONE WORK AT MACHU PICCHU
ROAD FROM AGUAS CALIENTES UP TO MACHU PICCHU
Many descendants of the Incas live in the Peru highlands. They keep alive traditions passed down by their ancestors who built Machu Picchu.
STILL USED AS TRANSPORTATION
Pelicans on the Ballestas Islands, near Paracas.
Flamingoes take flight on the Paracas Peninsula.
A sea lion poses on the Ballestas Islands.
Humboldt penguins on the Ballestas Islands - a surprise since Peru lies in the tropics.
LINE OF NAZCA LINEAS DE NAZCA
The mysterious Nazca Lines The Nazca people left behind one of the most astonishing legacies of the old cultures of Peru - the Nazca Lines. An elevated plateau called the Nazca Pampa is covered by these mysterious markings. From the air we can wonder at a multitude of long straight lines, geometric shapes and outlines of animals and birds that have been marked into the dry, stony ground.
Most markings were made by removing the top layer of dark stones from the ground. The longest straight lines run for several kilometers while most of the animal drawings are around 100 - 200 meters across. Why these designs were made is an enduring mystery, particularly since they can only been seen properly from the air.
Reed boats on Lake Titicaca. The traditional method of building boats
Many descendants of the Incas still live in the Peru highlands.