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Pictures from Peru: Machu Picchu (Inca world heritage site) and Aymara Chullpas.

Machu Picchu, World Heritage Site in Peru.
Machu Picchu (blended picture), World Heritage Site in Peru.                                                                                                         © Dany Marique

The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, commonly known as “the Lost City of the Incas", is a famous Inca site in Peru. It was probably built by emperor Pachacutec (1438–1472) and abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest.

The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the midst of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. With its its giant walls and terraces, it is an outstanding example of man's interaction with his natural environment. The site covers covers an area of 32,500 ha dominating a meander in the Rio Urubamba. It is situated about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco.

The surrounding valleys have been cultivated continuously for well over 1,000 years.


Machu Picchu is now a popular cultural tourist destination in Peru. It is a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and a World Heritage site (Unesco).

Machu Picchu, Peru.
Machu Picchu (blended picture), Peru.                                                      © Dany Marique

Pre-Inca tombs (Chullpas) at Nina Marka, Peru
Pre-Inca tombs (Chullpas) at Nina Marka, Peru.                                                                                             ©

A chullpa is an ancient Aymara funerary tower constructed for a noble person. The Aymara are an indigenous ethnic group in the Andes and Altiplano regions of South America. They lived in the region for many centuries before becoming a subject people of the Inca.

Chullpas are found across the Altiplano in Peru and Bolivia. The chullpas in Nina Marka are located between Cusco and Paucartambo (Peru). This archaeological site contains 17 chullpas of 2.5 meters of height. Higher chullpas are found in Sillustani near Puno in Peru.

Tupas in Easter Island are similar constructions.



Dany Marique
Official site (in French) of the association Géodyssée and its president Dany marique, the author of some pictures above. Dany Marique is a travel reporter and photographer who is specialized in several countries of South America.
Wildlife Photographer
Find here more pictures of the wildlife photographer Marie-France Grenouillet (, incl. great pictures from mammals, birds, insects, batrachians, reptiles, plants, flowers, and landscape in the peruvian amazon and in the world.

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