Peru & Machu Picchu
As usual the ruins cling to a steep rock face which is alive with long masses of lichen, bromiliads and agave. The ruins are about 1,000' above the valley floor which lies at 8,000'. At the top are several temples, a rock throne with a view of the valley, and a residential area. The town below remains much like it was in Inca times with narrow stone streets and clan houses around courtyards.