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Inti Raymi Festival   Live SearchImage Exists
Cuzco, Peru
GPS Coordinates:
13° 30′ 27.97″ N
71° 58′ 56.01″ W

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LAT -13.5077694444444
LON -71.982225

Inti Raymi, or “Festival of the Sun,” is an annual ceremony that takes place every June 24, marking the southern hemisphere’s winter solstice. Traditionally an Incan religious ceremony in honor of the god Inti, the modern festival is held in Cuzco, with a theatrical reenactment of the ceremony performed near the walled complex of Sacsayhuamán. One of the largest annual events in South America, tourists and locals alike are attracted to this weeklong festival filled with many colorful displays, street fairs, live music and elaborate processions, all of which provide numerous photo opportunities.

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Ica, Peru
GPS Coordinates:
14° 05′ 19.07″ N, 75° 45′ 56.04″ W
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LAT -14.0886305555555
LON -75.7655666666666


bartolome island iguanasBartolome Island (Marine Iguanas)   Live SearchImage Exists
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
GPS Coordinates:
0° 017′ 05.37″ N
90° 33′ 10.55″ W

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LAT -0.283958333333333
LON -90.5465277777777


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Machu Picchu
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Peru
GPS Coordinates:
13° 09′ 47.04″ N, 72° 32′ 44.01″ W
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LAT -13.1630666666666
LON -72.54555833333330

Located nearly one and a half miles above sea level and home to an ancient Incan civilization, Machu Picchu was built in the middle of the 15th century. It was abandoned 100 years later, but the exact reason for the abandonment is unknown; Spanish conquest or a smallpox pandemic are the most probable causes. It’s a city in the sky constructed of polished dry stone, and is directly saddled between two mountain peaks. Giant walls, terraces and ramps, and a trail that leads to the summit Huayna Picchu were built by the Incans and characterize this massive city. The trail takes about one hour up and one hour down, and once you get to the top of the Huayna Picchu, you can overlook the city, giving you a bird’s-eye view and a great shot. You can walk the streets and explore the temples and other buildings, but only 400 visitors are allowed each day before 1:00 p.m., so proper planning and an early start are essential.

 
 

 
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