Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pictures from Machu Picchu

John Hemming provides a precise summary of the famous archaeological site in The Conquest of the Incas:
Most visitors to Peru see Machu Picchu, which is perched on a narrow saddle of rock high above a hairpin curve of the Urubamba [river]. The granite sugarloaf of Huayna Pichu towers above the ruin, and the surrounding forested hillsides are often gripped by shrouds of low clammy cloud. Such scenery makes Machu Picchu one of the world’s most eerily beautiful ruins.

I took these pictures on Christmas day, 2009. It was gloomy, rainy day, but this only enhanced the beauty of the place. Machu Picchu well and truly lives up to its hype. The animal in the first picture is a drenched llama. The fifth picture is of a turbulent Urubamba river, which is part of the Amazon system. The last shows the hairpin curve of the Urubamba observed from the perch of Machu Picchu. At the base of the mountain is the train station where visitors disembark. The final part of the journey is by bus, which switchbacks its way through the forested hillside before reaching the ruins.


Krishnan said...

Wow ! wonderful pics. One of my ambitions is to visit Machu Picchu.

Krishnan said...

As for Enthiran's release date, I read somewhere that most probably it will be hitting the screens only around Deepavali of this year. There will be a huge hype heralding the release what with devastating combo of Sankar and Superstar.