Exploring Machu Picchu
Peru
Machu Picchu's Central Plaza is a fine base for
exploration of the site.  I was lucky to find llamas here,
since their use in Peru is declining.
The plaza is surrounded by Inca buildings.  This
picture also shows the lush, green hills and mountains
that make Machu Picchu such a spectacular setting.
Inca thatched roofs have not survived the centuries.
The expert Inca stonework remains standing, and
dozens of Machu Picchu buildings can be entered.
Inca stonework close up, with mountains in the
background.  The function of these Inca structures
at Machu Picchu can only be guessed at.
High above the Central Plaza, this is presumed
to be an altar.
From the Central Plaza area, the dark presence of
Huyana Picchu never struck me as something I
wanted to climb.
If you have a high speed internet connection, please watch my
free Peru video of this trip by clicking on:
The Inca Lost and Found