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Vertientes de Machu Picchu - October 2011 Peru Photo Contest

by Valentina Reyes
(Santiago, Chile)

Vertientes de Machu Picchu

Vertientes de Machu Picchu

~ By: Valentina Reyes - Santiago, Chile

Sometimes in Peru.....

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

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

Even if the contest for a certain month is closed, your vote will count towards the Photo of the Year, announced in January of the following year.

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Added info on Vertientes de Machu Picchu by Inside-Peru:

"Vertientes" means springs. This is a photo of springs feeding Machu Picchu and is interesting in the slightly cocked angle with the bulls-eye lens.

Not your normal Machu Picchu photo.

Machu Picchu leaves a legacy of an advanced degree of hydraulic (waterway) engineering that's impressive when you see it - and even more impressive when you find out a little bit about what the Inca engineers accomplished.

Machu Picchu is on the top of a very steep and narrow ridge that points out like a raised finger into the Urubamba river valley. The river valley a thousand feet below wraps itself around the "fingertip."

Map of Machu Picchu:

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How to get water out onto this extended and very steep ridge would present a challenge to any engineer, but the Incas proved equal to the challenge.

The very steep slopes had to be considered. Also, the amount of rainfall needed to supply water for irrigation, consumption, washing had to be estimated and planned for.

Building from far above in the mountain range, the Incas used metal stone-cutting tools to form channels out of stone.

The finished canal measured 2,457 feet (749 meters) and became one of the most important engineering feats in sustaining the fortified city.

The final outcome of this engineering feet provided all the water needed to the population, between 300 to 1,000 people, and fed 16 fountains, most of which are easily identifiable - and still functioning - today.

See Also:

*See Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu by Train

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