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Through the Clouds to Machu Picchu



This year marks the centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, and to celebrate we're bringing you a photo gallery of the legendary citadel perched among peaks that seem to touch the sky.



Until 1911 the ruins of Machu Picchu were a secret lost to the world at large. Nobody would have imagined that among the inaccessible ravines of the Cordillera de los Andes mountain range lay hidden one of the largest and most valuable archaeological treasures of the world. One hundred and thirty kilometres from Cuzco, the mystical Lost City of the Incas is no longer a secret, and this year is the 100th anniversary of its discovery by American explorer Hiram Bingham. A grand celebration is being prepared, which will have its climax in July, when international celebrities including the Peruvian Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, Sting and Paul McCartney have been invited to join in the activities. The grand festival is a few months off, but in anticipation, we invite you to take a look and discover this marvellous place through the photos in our gallery.


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Every year thousands of travellers from all around the world make their way along the Inca Trail to the ancient stone ruins of Machu Picchu 

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The most popular section of the Inca Trail takes about four days. The trail is famed for the beauty of the landscape, which, combined with the archaeological sites to be found along the way, has earned it a reputation as one of the best trekking destinations in the world 

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The Vilcanota River runs through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting near Lake Titicaca and continuing on through the Andes to the Amazon 

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Travelling by train to Machu Picchu, through the marvellous scenery of the Andes is an unforgettable experience 

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The most luxurious train option is aboard the Hiram Bingham, part of the Orient Express group and operated by PeruRail; the day-long excursion includes brunch and dinner on board, bus transfers between the town of Aguas Calientes and the Machu Picchu site, entrance to and guided tour of the citadel, and lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel 

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The luxury Hiram Bingham train is named after the explorer who discovered Machu Picchu a hundred years ago this year 

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The Intihuatana ritual stone, whose name means 'the hitching post of the sun', was placed so as to allow the Incas to determine the precise dates of the solstices and equinoxes 

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Llamas are typical of the highlands and animals wander free around the ruins of Machu Picchu, which was named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World 

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View towards the north of Machu Picchu. The Hanan sector of the city (on the left), with the pyramidal structure of the Intihuatana hill, is separated from the the Eastern sector by the main square. The mountain in the background is Huayna Picchu 

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Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the cultural and ecological complex known as the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu 

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All the remaining buildings are of a whitish-coloured granite that was brought from the quarries in the area around the site 

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The ruined citadel complex is clearly divided into two main areas: the agricultural zone, made up of groups of cultivated terraces, which lies to the south, and the urban zone, where the people lived and carried out civil and religious activities 

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