Best photo ever taken of Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu photo by Jeff Cremer.

Machu Picchu photo by Jeff Cremer.


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We’ve all seen those iconic photos of the ancient Peruvian Inca city of Machu Picchu sitting snug on a mountain top as the peak of Huayna Picchu rises above it. One of the best known symbols of Inca civilization, photos of Machu Picchu reinforce the sense of mystery and intrigue surrounding the abandoned city in the clouds.

A new photo of the historic site promises to bring armchair travellers closer to Machu Picchu than ever before.

Photographed by tour director Jeff Cremer of Peru’s Rainforest Expeditions, this 16 gigapixel photo of Machu Picchu is incredibly detailed, with Cremer saying it is the highest resolution photo ever taken of the Incan city. Cremer used professional camera equipment and the latest technology to piece together 1,920 separate images he took to create his high resolution photo.

The photo is also completely interactive and is available for viewing on a website that allows anyone to click on, zoom in, move, take individual snapshots and discover the hidden nooks of Machu Picchu. A video has also been posted to YouTube showing the behind-the-scenes challenges of creating the high res photo.

“Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of the World and the most familiar icon of the ancient Inca,” said Cremer in a press release. “Beautiful, historical and threatened, I believed that this extraordinary site deserved a remarkable photo to hopefully raise awareness and help in its preservation.”

Visit to see and zoom in on the high resolution photo of Machu Picchu.