Old Mountain

This Incan settlement high up in the clouds of the Andes is a masterwork of stone buildings built without the use of mortar. Each stone fits the adjacent stones perfectly. Making it more incredible, the builders constructed it and transported the huge stones without iron tools or the wheel. The site rests upon a ridge of “Old Mountain” where mists conjured upstream from the humid Amazon Basin curl around the valley and settle along the ridges each morning. It’s a magical sight worth getting up early to see.

In case you haven’t guessed, “Old Mountain” in Quechuan (the Incan language) translates to “Machu Picchu”.

All Photographs © 2022 John Grusd Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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