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(Telegraph)   World's highest resolution picture of Machu Picchu stitched together from 1920 images. I just can't get over it   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 91
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2012-11-18 02:48:17 PM
www.imaging-resource.com

Pan left... Stop. Magnify A-4 to c-5...
 
2012-11-18 02:49:16 PM
GungFu

I want to do the Ancient South American ruins thing before I die and I have a question for people who have already done it. Is it possible to head up to the place on top of the mountain? I don't like crowds of tourists.

I agree with the folks with the acclimatization advice. Saw people get real ill as low as 3800m; altitude sickness is serious business. Take your time so you can enjoy it and not suffer. There are lots of other historical sites worth checking out; Chan-Chan and Chavin de Huantar come to mind as well as the Nazca lines...etc.. Awesome people, beautiful country. Go!
 
2012-11-18 02:53:09 PM
He pinpoints his favourite part of the image as the person standing on top of one of the mountains in the background.

"Before I explored the image I never even knew that it was possible to climb up there," he said.


Anyone spotted this person? I took a quick look but didn't see him/her.
 
2012-11-18 02:56:43 PM

Brubold: He pinpoints his favourite part of the image as the person standing on top of one of the mountains in the background.

"Before I explored the image I never even knew that it was possible to climb up there," he said.

Anyone spotted this person? I took a quick look but didn't see him/her.


There's a guy standing just below the leftmost foreground peak, near the center of the photo.
 
2012-11-18 03:01:07 PM

GungFu: rf134a: VvonderJesus: Sounds like a sneeze.

Like most things, the Inca Trail is being ruined by biatches and arseholes. Tourists are using the ruins for latrines, leaving their powerbar wrappers and water bottles everywhere, and carving their names into ancient stones.

Macchu Picchu has some interesting routes that you can take. Apparently, it's considered a medium level trail if you can fly...
[farm7.staticflickr.com image 500x333] 

[farm7.staticflickr.com image 500x375]

I want to do the Ancient South American ruins thing before I die and I have a question for people who have already done it. Is it possible to head up to the place on top of the mountain? I don't like crowds of tourists.

[i50.tinypic.com image 619x1147] 

That just looks so awesome. I think I can camp there for a few days. Grew my own vegetables on the terrraces....


http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/

You can climb Huayna Picchu by booking ahead, around S.152/US$59. Choose 2G (second group, start at 10am). Macchu Picchu is usually very foggy in the morning, so the second group has the best chance at a clear view.

Be aware that everyone must be out by 1pm. Only 250 people are allowed, unless that has changed recently. Before the electronic ticketing system was setup, any decent looking girl can cry their way in.

It takes about 45 minutes to get up and 30 to get down. Be aware of narrow pathways... Some parts are only 12 inches wide.

Also, don't forget to stamp your passport on the way out... it's a free souvenir. :)
 
2012-11-18 03:02:35 PM

Brubold: He pinpoints his favourite part of the image as the person standing on top of one of the mountains in the background.

"Before I explored the image I never even knew that it was possible to climb up there," he said.

Anyone spotted this person? I took a quick look but didn't see him/her.


i45.tinypic.com

Would love to see his photos from that position.
 
2012-11-18 03:02:40 PM

duffblue: DamnYankees: It's even better in person. I can't recommend the Inca Trail enough to anyone who is curious about it, and I'd recommend going as soon as you can, since they are eventually going to stop letting people do it.

Why is that?


Because of the Mayans.
 
2012-11-18 03:06:57 PM

GungFu: Brubold: He pinpoints his favourite part of the image as the person standing on top of one of the mountains in the background.

"Before I explored the image I never even knew that it was possible to climb up there," he said.

Anyone spotted this person? I took a quick look but didn't see him/her.

[i45.tinypic.com image 520x1325]

Would love to see his photos from that position.


Ah, by background I took it to mean the mountains all the way back.
 
2012-11-18 03:08:12 PM
Hey guys, thanks a lot for the great info.

The altitude seems to be the most important thing to consider, at least health-wise.
Do you think then a longer trip would be advisable? Like a few weeks in the more easy-going places like Cusco, and then as one gets acclimatised, perhaps got fort the trails and hikes maybe in the 3rd or 4th weeks?

Is that a good idea? Or do you get used to the altitude pretty quickly?

Thanks in advance guys!
 
2012-11-18 03:12:35 PM

cerejaninja: In the photo editor's defense, this guy's hair is exceptionally rock coloured.


That poor guy looks like he had his stuck in a golf ball dimpler
 
2012-11-18 03:13:21 PM
Eventually, Google maps should work like this.
 
2012-11-18 03:18:51 PM
All Inca Trail hikes require a permit. You usually need to book around 6 months in advance for the dry months. You MUST have a guide, it's the government policy unless you do something sneaky...
http://www.incatrailreservations.com/inca_trail/inca_trail_permits_4d a ys.html

By law, you must arrive 48 hours before the start of the trail. The tour company must see you in person. It's usually advised that you spend 3 days acclimatizing. When you get off the plane at Cusco airport, they have lots of booths selling air bottles and Diamox knockoffs. HACE is serious business. I've heard of lots of gringos popping pills and sucking down coca leaves like crazy to bypass the acclimatization requirements, but taking that risk is up to you.

ALWAYS take Star Peru, they don't have a gringo surcharge of 200% like LAN and TACA. I paid US$120 return.
http://www.starperu.com/

Book your train ahead of time, too: http://www.perurail.com/en/

Essentially, book as much as you can ahead of time. If you have time, head to the Colca Canyon near Arequipa. It's a hefty 30km hike, but some nice views that you won't find anywhere else.
 
2012-11-18 03:22:33 PM

theflatline: It is a nice hike, but it was full of aging hipsters, hostel hipsters, and obese lesbians. It was like Portland in the Andes.


I know you have a Colombian bias, but it's not that way at all anymore. My parents are peruvian. Viva Peru carajo!
 
2012-11-18 03:22:34 PM

GungFu: Would love to see his photos from that position.


He's in a pretty bent-over position. I think the photos would be of the ground.
 
2012-11-18 03:22:57 PM
mojoimage.com
 
2012-11-18 03:26:43 PM
Am I the only one never impressed by these?
 
2012-11-18 03:28:55 PM

GungFu: Hey guys, thanks a lot for the great info.

The altitude seems to be the most important thing to consider, at least health-wise.
Do you think then a longer trip would be advisable? Like a few weeks in the more easy-going places like Cusco, and then as one gets acclimatised, perhaps got fort the trails and hikes maybe in the 3rd or 4th weeks?

Is that a good idea? Or do you get used to the altitude pretty quickly?

Thanks in advance guys!


Just remember to stay close to some local archers on the way up as they know how to retreat a tile if they're attacked.
 
2012-11-18 03:35:34 PM

styckx: Am I the only one never impressed by these?


I am endlessly impressed by stuff like this. I get on Google earth and travel around just so I can be endlessly impressed by it (and because it's fun.)
 
2012-11-18 03:54:26 PM

GungFu: Hey guys, thanks a lot for the great info.

The altitude seems to be the most important thing to consider, at least health-wise.
Do you think then a longer trip would be advisable? Like a few weeks in the more easy-going places like Cusco, and then as one gets acclimatised, perhaps got fort the trails and hikes maybe in the 3rd or 4th weeks?

Is that a good idea? Or do you get used to the altitude pretty quickly?

Thanks in advance guys!


Definitely take a few days in Cusco at least. Machu Picchu itself isn't actually that high elevation-wise - Cusco itself is higher.

The elevation you need to be concerned about is going over Dead Woman's Pass - here's a rough elevation profile for perspective (starting point is Llacapata, and the early flat parts were our out-and-backs, so you can ignore them).

www.eriksadventures.com 

Cusco's around 11,200 feet. I'd say definitely stay there a few days ahead of time, at least, and try to get some short hikes in (whether walking around the city, or whatever). HIGHLY recommend getting some walking on stairs in, too. As for how easily you'll acclimate....unfortunately, that one seems to vary a great deal from person to person. I was pretty bad the first day, after two or three in Cusco I was fine, and I didn't feel the elevation at all until I was over 12,500 or so. Some other people seemed to be fine while in Cusco, but once they started the physical activity of the hiking over 9000 feet or so, it hit them hard.

Honestly, your best bet to get an idea of how you would take it is to hike at altitude someplace closer to home. I presume you're American - hiking Mount Rainer in Washington (or hell, Mount Whitney in California, although its prominence is much lower than its peak) might give you some idea of what the elevation would be like. At any rate, 3-4 weeks to acclimate seems to be on the high end of things. We spent just under a week at elevation prior to the run. I felt it the most when whitewater rafting - it's my favorite thing in the world, but that left me absolutely exhausted at elevation. Some quick googling implies 10 days to 85%, 3 weeks to 95%, 5 weeks to 100%. So a little past a week, you start hitting diminishing returns. I'd say go with whatever you're comfortable with. It's your trip, do what you enjoy :)
 
2012-11-18 04:01:50 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-11-18 04:11:09 PM

New Age Redneck: GungFu

I want to do the Ancient South American ruins thing before I die and I have a question for people who have already done it. Is it possible to head up to the place on top of the mountain? I don't like crowds of tourists.

I agree with the folks with the acclimatization advice. Saw people get real ill as low as 3800m; altitude sickness is serious business. Take your time so you can enjoy it and not suffer. There are lots of other historical sites worth checking out; Chan-Chan and Chavin de Huantar come to mind as well as the Nazca lines...etc.. Awesome people, beautiful country. Go!


It has a lot to do with how your body reacts as well I believe, we went up pikes peak with a group and I was the only one not to get ill except for the guy who lived in Denver. Some were worse, the gf and her sister were so sick they almost passed out others were just mildly sick so I had to grab everyone's camera to take pics of the views.
 
2012-11-18 04:11:29 PM

cryinoutloud: styckx: Am I the only one never impressed by these?

I am endlessly impressed by stuff like this. I get on Google earth and travel around just so I can be endlessly impressed by it (and because it's fun.)


One of my favorite time wasters on Google Earth is to zoom in on a random spot somewhere in North America, and try to find my way home in street view. It's like a free road trip.
 
2012-11-18 04:12:22 PM

GungFu: rf134a: VvonderJesus: Sounds like a sneeze.

Like most things, the Inca Trail is being ruined by biatches and arseholes. Tourists are using the ruins for latrines, leaving their powerbar wrappers and water bottles everywhere, and carving their names into ancient stones.

Macchu Picchu has some interesting routes that you can take. Apparently, it's considered a medium level trail if you can fly...
[farm7.staticflickr.com image 500x333] 

[farm7.staticflickr.com image 500x375]

I want to do the Ancient South American ruins thing before I die and I have a question for people who have already done it. Is it possible to head up to the place on top of the mountain? I don't like crowds of tourists.

[i50.tinypic.com image 619x1147] 

That just looks so awesome. I think I can camp there for a few days. Grew my own vegetables on the terrraces....


Yes, that's Huayna Picchu. It's limited to 400 people a day, so you either buy tickets ahead of time or you show up pretty early in the morning. The latter is better in some ways, because you have to walk through Machu Picchu to get to the starting point, (It's not an entirely different mountain, there's just a little dip after Machu Picchu.) And Machu Picchu at 7 AM is a lot less crowded and a lot more serene than it is at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

It's difficult if you're not in good shape. I should know, I did, I wasn't, and it was.
 
2012-11-18 04:17:27 PM

GungFu: rf134a: VvonderJesus: Sounds like a sneeze.

Like most things, the Inca Trail is being ruined by biatches and arseholes. Tourists are using the ruins for latrines, leaving their powerbar wrappers and water bottles everywhere, and carving their names into ancient stones.

Macchu Picchu has some interesting routes that you can take. Apparently, it's considered a medium level trail if you can fly...

I want to do the Ancient South American ruins thing before I die and I have a question for people who have already done it. Is it possible to head up to the place on top of the mountain? I don't like crowds of tourists.


That just looks so awesome. I think I can camp there for a few days. Grew my own vegetables on the terrraces....


YES!! The mountain is called Huayna Picchu. I hiked it in July this year after hiking for three days on the Inca Trail (kilometer 82).
That mountain is not for the faint of heart. There are VERY steep sections that require holding onto long chain ropes. After 3 days of serious hiking are legs were a bit weak and we found some sections to be quite difficult. The reality is if you make a misstep and let go of the rope, it is a long rocky ride down to the bottom. It was awesome! I have all sorts of pictures from the top but I am far too lazy to upload them without motivation.

As for some of the others questions I saw:

Hiking the Inca Trail is a challenge but anyone in fair shape can do it. Dead woman's pass is tough but it is a straightforward hike as long as you pace yourself. My fiancé and I found some of the sections with nonstop steps to be more difficult. Hire a good tour group and make sure they take care of their employees. A happy well equipped crew will pass the positive experience on to you.


Elevation sickness is the real deal. I arrived in Cusco during Inti Raymi and could not resist the festivities. Sorry for me I got violently sick that night and it took another whole day of Mate de Coca to get over it. My advice is take your Diamox and relax for the first day or two. Once you are acclimated to Cusco, Machu Pichu is yours to be taken.

Star Peru is the best airline to take! They have good food, internet at the major hubs, and great service. If only it was this good back in the states.
 
2012-11-18 04:19:22 PM
It's a completely different kind of resolution, all together!
 
2012-11-18 04:31:36 PM
GungFu

Hey guys, thanks a lot for the great info.

The altitude seems to be the most important thing to consider, at least health-wise.
Do you think then a longer trip would be advisable? Like a few weeks in the more easy-going places like Cusco, and then as one gets acclimatised, perhaps got fort the trails and hikes maybe in the 3rd or 4th weeks?

Is that a good idea? Or do you get used to the altitude pretty quickly?

Thanks in advance guys! 


The cool thing with Peru is you can acclimate at the pub in Huaraz (10,000 ft.), or Cusco (11,399 ft.) or Arequipa (8000 or so ft.)..... Once you're feeling good then you can up the commitment. I saw fit people acclimate slowly and not so fit folks who were machines at altitude, listen to your body. Coca (leaves or tea) helps, or at least it worked for me.
 
2012-11-18 04:42:38 PM

RaisedOnATARI: It's a completely different kind of resolution, all together!


i105.photobucket.com
It's a completely different kind of resolution.
 
2012-11-18 05:41:00 PM

RaisedOnATARI: It's a completely different kind of resolution, all together!


I used to take black and white pictures in the Air Force, but this camera has four colors.
 
2012-11-18 06:00:21 PM
furtivecode.com
 
2012-11-18 06:04:38 PM
I was unable to find any sufficient jo material.
 
2012-11-18 06:13:40 PM
Karl Pilkington says it is "magnificent". You don't even need to actually go there to appreciate it.
 
2012-11-18 06:32:10 PM
Where's Waldo? I can't find him anywhere. :-(
 
2012-11-18 06:36:25 PM
Andy went to pieces?
 
2012-11-18 07:48:09 PM
I love these "pics you can get lost inside" things.

I feel like I'm in Blade Runner or sommat.

MP has been on the bucket list for a while now so I'm getting a real kick, etc.
 
2012-11-18 08:46:31 PM
Meh, resolution could be better.
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2012-11-18 09:14:33 PM
Meh, it requires at least 1900 Javascript permissions to even view.

Fark 'em. I don't care.
 
2012-11-18 11:13:09 PM
th07.deviantart.net

/hot like a macho Pichu
 
2012-11-19 12:51:30 AM
They call that high resolution? I was barely able to read the words on the people's clothing. Couldn't even read that one guy's cowboy hat. Bah.
 
2012-11-19 02:29:25 AM
Simply amazing, in some ways the worlds greatest find waldo! Hehehe... anyone else see the guy in the red checkered shirt who seems to be looking right at the camera and giving the camera man a thumbs up! hehehe...
 
drp
2012-11-19 08:50:37 AM

muck4doo: I'm hoping to do that within the next two years, though my family is now talking about going to Spain instead.


At the rate Spain is going, it'll be in ruins too pretty soon, so there's that.
 
2012-11-20 12:54:13 AM
Anyone else catch the nude sunbather?
 
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