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Where are Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu?

November 2, 2010

Short Answer:
Peru, South America

Long Answer:
Along the Pacific coast of South America, Peru was home to the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world as well as the Inca Empire before being conquered by the Spanish in the 16th Century.

Lake Titicaca is known for its stunning beauty and is shared with Bolivia along Peru’s eastern border. It is South America’s largest lake and the largest fresh water lake above 2000 meters at 170km in length and 60km in breadth.

The lake is said to have a magical quality because the air is so clear at the high altitude giving a luminescent quality to the water as the sunlight sparkles off of the deep waters. The horizon appears limitless with a blending of ancient Uros funeral towers and crumbling Spanish colonial churches. There are many islands within Lake Titicaca including islands of floating reeds.

The ancient city of the Incas, Machu Pichu is nestled between the Andes Mountains in southern Peru. We hope to take an epic picture of the sacred valley with the morning mist rising off the magnificent stone structures.

Nestled in a valley and enclosed towering walls of stone and cloud forest, the lost Inca city (the most spectacular archeological site on the continent) isn’t mentioned in any chronicles of Spanish conquest. Apart from the indigenous Quechans, no one knew of Machu Pichu’s existance until American historian Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911.

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