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Machu Picchu from lower terrace by Bruce Perry

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Bruce Perry Bruce Perry
Explore score
3.29 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 23, 2007
Date taken
Nov 22, 2007

Canon Powershot SX 100 IS


Machu Picchu is an Inca site in the Andes Mountains of Peru. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been called one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Hiram Bingham is credited with discovering Machu Picchu, but there were people living there at the time of his "discovery".

The better-known photos of Machu Picchu are taken from closer to the Intiwatana with Wayna Picchu in the background. Taken from one of the lower terraces near the entrance area, this panorama shows many details of Machu Picchu as well as the surrounding mountains.

630 separate 8MP images went into this panorama.

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Gigapan Comments (7)

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  1. Bruce Perry

    Bruce Perry (December 27, 2010, 06:31PM )

    @JJFrank, Macchu Picchu and Agua Caliente, the town tourists stay at, seemed safe to me. Cuzco should be fine if you stick to the touristy areas. Lima is a big city. Get local advice on what's safe. We weren't there long, but we did walk a mile or two to a local restaurant that our hotel front desk suggested. Other than recommendations to use bottled water, our tour company didn't give us any health cautions. It's hard to say how much it will cost you to visit Machu Picchu. There's tours for every budget. Backpackers go there, and so do those more willing to trade money for comfort. I'm told the bus from Cuzco to Machu Picchu is grueling (but not expensive). We took the train which is a spectacular ride. BTW. there was flooding in the Urubamba river valley last year that affected the roads and train tracks. You'll want to check with someone knowledgeable about the local situation to determine if the trains and buses are working.

  2. Frank

    Frank (December 27, 2010, 05:17PM )

    Is it safe to go to Peru? How much will it cost to visit Machu Picchu?

  3. Bruce Perry

    Bruce Perry (October 20, 2009, 08:34PM )

    I've read in the forum about geocoding. I need to sit down and actually do it.

  4. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (October 20, 2009, 08:15PM )

    Thanks Bruce. That works for me now. I don't know if you have much experience with geocoding but you could probably improve the placement even more if you have the patience.

  5. Bruce Perry

    Bruce Perry (October 20, 2009, 07:48PM )

    Google Earth FOV should now be 221.8, the value the stitcher shows. I had to enter a non-zero elevation in order to get that change accepted.

  6. Bruce Perry

    Bruce Perry (October 20, 2009, 12:49PM )

    Thanks! There's lots of comments on the snapshots, but you're the first for the gigapan itself. The most likely problem with Google Earth is that I only got around to putting the position in. I never got into GE to position the image. IIRC, the "real" FOV would have been more than 180 but less than 270. I'll see if I can at least get that corrected when I get home.

  7. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (October 20, 2009, 07:54AM )

    A superb gigapan and I am utterly astonished to see that I am the first person to make a comment! I just checked out the view in Google Earth and it doesn't work for me (GE 5.1, Vista64). You are taken to the location but there is no gigapan. I just noticed that the horizontal FoV is over 360ยบ. Can this be remedied or have the devs broken something?

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