Machu Picchu, Peru. This ruin in its spectacular mountain setting has become
the icon for Peru and its wonderful Inca heritage. I was lucky to reach the site
before serious tourism began and was able to climb freely to the top of Huayna
Picchu, about 360 metres above the main ruins.
Picchu was drawn to world attention in 1911 when the American Yale University
scholar Hiram Bingham reached it during a scientific expedition, though he was
not the first to get there. A National Geographic Magazine of 1913 has many of
his pictures of the site before the vegetation was cleared.From the top of Huayna
Picchu the layout of the Inca settlement in four divisions is clear. The principal
temples and the Intihuatana - 'the hitching post to the sun', are on a low hill
on the bottom right of the picture. The main plaza with a sacred rock in the centre
is in the same area. Sometime bertween 1967 and 1972 the rock was removed and
is now buried nearby. Agricultural terraces cover large parts of the slopes.
MPP Microflex Twin Lens Reflex with F 3.5 77.5mm Taylor Taylor Hobson lens with
light yellow filter x 1. Film Kodak Verichrome Pan at F8 - 1/125 second. Developed
by hand in Lima, using May and Baker Promicrol at normal dilution.
Peru 61-01-05 © Tony Morrison