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"El mirador" in Marcahuasi - July 2011 Peru Photo Contest

by Edgar Christian Huaccho Avila
(Lima, Peru)

Markawasi Peru

Markawasi Peru

~ by Edgar Christian Huaccho Avila - Lima, Peru

I took this picture in Marcahuasi, Peru on July 27, 2010.

This place has an elevation of 4000 meters and is a plateau located at the east of Lima (see added info below).

Marcahuasi has a lot of big rocks with different sizes and shapes.

The picture is about the rock named "El Mirador".

When you stand at the top of it, you can feel the vertigo because of the altitude, and all the magic of the place.

I used a Kodak EasyShare M753 Zoom.

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This special photo is in the July Inside-Peru Photo Contest.

It is also entered in the 2011 Photo of the Year - Inside-Peru Photo Contest.

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Map of Marcahuasi, Peru:

Added Info:

High in the Andes Mountains, the site known as Marcahuasi (Markawasi, Marcawasi, etc. are spelling variations of the Quechua word) contains what is asserted by some to be the remnants of giant sculptures in stone formed by a ancient culture. 

Marcahuasi offers a great opportunity to more adventurous travelers willing to seek out one of the lesser-known but amazing landscapes in the highlands of the Andes Mountains.

Located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Lima, Peru's capital city, Marcahuasi is in the province of Huarochiri at an elevation of 13,000 feet (3,950 meters) above sea level.

To get there, go to the small town of San Pedro de Casta. Then, another hike of about 3 hours, climbing 3 kilotmeters higher, you reach the plateau and the monoliths of volcanic rock.

Here is a book that is makes a great gift, especially to start some interesting conversations around a cup of Peruvian coffee:

Markawasi: Peru's Inexplicable Stone Forest

Publisher's description: "This beautifully-illustrated, photo guidebook, by author Kathy Doore, carries the reader on a journey of discovery through one of the most mystical and breathtaking places on earth- the Markawasi Stone Forest.

First discovered in Peru in 1952, by Daniel Ruzo, who excitedly pronounced it the most important sculptured work existing on the earth today, and soaring 12,000 feet above the Pacific coast on the western-most ridge of the Peruvian Andes, Markawasi was virtually unknown to the English-speaking world a decade ago.
"Markawasi" details the account of an ancient lost humanity of mysterious origin, whose hidden legacy carved gigantic, towering, stone monuments, pointing to a message with predictions for the future.

Cocooned in oblivion for eons and sculpted into the ancient landscape by a mysterious lost humanity, the Markawasi plateau reawakens at this pivotal moment in history.

Contributing their thoughts on the enigma of Markawasi are a group of notable scientists and historians, including Boston University professor of geology and geophysics, Robert M. Schoch (best known for his re-dating of the Great Sphinx of Egypt), Machu Picchu archaeologist, Marino Sanchez, and Lima artist, Javier Ruzo, who comments on his grandfathers legacy.

Journalist Lisa Rome contributes an historical retrospective, while Peter E. Schneider and Sean Adair provide stunning photography. Kathy Doore describes her own personal journey of awakening, as she weaves the cultural, historical, and often paranormal lore that is associated with the mesa into an incredible tapestry of dazzling images, illustrations, and walking maps. In addition to over 400 photos, maps, and illustrations are travel tips, a camping guide, and advice on high-altitude travel. "

The Mysterious Stone Monuments of Markawasi Peru - 2 DVD Set
Reader Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Love the history, the story and the people
Julia Johnston 
This review is from: The Mysterious Stone Monuments of Markawasi Peru - 2 DVD Set
I had never heard of Markawasi before a friend gave me a copy of this wonderful DVD.

The adventure angle is breathtaking, the indigenous folklore riveting, and the sights of the Andes are super! Who knew that such a place as Markawasi was still on this globe and waiting to be discovered by the mainstream. It is rare to find a new ancient mystery!

The points of view of the people interviewed (which is one of the main themes of the movie) are thought provoking. The archaeology angle is fascinating but I particularly loved learning about Dr. Daniel Ruzo who seems to be an overlooked giant in Peruvian history.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone but especially those who enjoy esoterica and archaeology. The monuments of Markawasi are the most fascinating new things I have learned about in years. The experts who are shown in the film are very colorful and full of great information...Kudos to the film makers for making such a concise study of such a complex subject! The graphics are very well done too.

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