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El viejo de Ollantaytambo - May 2012 Peru Photo Contest

by John Nicklin
(Comox, BC, Canada)

El viejo de Ollantaytambo

El viejo de Ollantaytambo

By: John Nicklin - Comox, BC, Canada

This picture was taken in Ollantaytambo, Peru, near Cuzco on June 1st, 2008. The day was sunny and warm around mid morning, before the heat of the day.

This gentleman met us coming off our bus and posed for several pictures, although he is well weathered, he was a gentle sole, kind of made my day.

Ollantaytambo is an ancient site with many ruins made from large blocks, some over 50 tons, fit so carefully that a piece of paper can't be forced into a joint. Ollantaytambo rests in the Sacred Valley and is the jumping off point for treks to Machu Picchu. While the latter is the jewel in the crown, Ollantaytambo is no less spectacular, rising above the valley floor with Inca period buildings on all levels of the mountain side.

This image was made with an Olympus e3 with a Zuiko 18-180 lens.

If visiting the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo is worth spending time in, the back streets and markets are good places to find local colour and enhanting people.

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Details: This special photo is in the May Inside-Peru Photo Contest.

It is also entered in the 2012 Photo of the Year - Inside-Peru Photo Contest.

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