Machu Picchu is located at the top of a peak within an incised bend of the river Urubamba, dominating this twisting artery of contact with the lowland world.
The location of Machu Picchu (view, inset) and its relation to the river Urubamba is clearly visible in this ASTER image. Click here for an external link to a 1m resolution QuickBird image of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu photographed from the top of the Huayna Picchu.
Machu Picchu photographed from the Inka trail before entering the Citadel.
Machu Picchu photographed from the restored thatched house.