New on 500px : Fortress of Ollantaytambo, Peru by ClintBurkinshaw by ClintBurkinshaw

The sun slowly heads towards the horizon over Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, southern Peru. A long day of travelling through the magnificent Sacred Valley just outside of Cusco, visiting one ancient Incan ruin after another, had us end at this amazing spot.

Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti during the Incan Empire. It served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yapanqui during the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru. In modern times it is a fascinating stop for tourism, as the ruins sit at nearly 2.8km’s in altitude, and is a common place to commence the four day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

This shot is a panorama consisting of 8 photographs stitched together. Each taken @ 10mm focal length. So while the area is actually quite close, the ultra-wide perspective gives the scene quite a bit of depth.

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