Gold of the Andes by alexriek

This is a vicuña taken in the National Park ‘Salinas y Aguada Blanca’ in the high Andes, Peru (~4500m). The vicuña is the wild ancestor of the domesticated alpaca which are both South American camelids. The vicuña has one of the finest fibres in the animal kingdom and during Inca times only the Royalty was allowed to wear garments made from vicuña wool. After the Spanish conquest there were heavily hunted up until the mid 1970s and nearly extinct with only approx. 6000 animals remaining. Now they are protected and recovered to approx. 350,000 animals.

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Huayna Picchu by intrepidphotos

The stairs leading down from the temple on top of Huayna Picchu (Wayna Pikchu) built by the Incas between 1438–1472. At 2,720 metres the stairs go all the way down to the Urubamba River below, Peru.

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