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Machu Picchu — the ancient city of the Inca Empire


I don't remember the beginning of our journey to Machu Picchu that well... Dima and I flew to Cusco (3600 m above the sea level), and after continuous bargaining hired a cab for local sightseeing. I felt sort of alright in the beginning, but when we arrived to Pisac, the ancient Inca Fortress (about 4000m altitude), my un-acclimatized body inevitably gave up to the altitude sickness.

We planned to spend a night on the way to Machu Picchu in Ollantaytambo at 2600-2700m altitude. I am grateful that Dima booked a hotel there and not in Cusco. I remember only one thing — dragging my feet from taxi to the hotel room and crashing on my bed.

Next morning we took a train to Machu Picchu. By the way, curiously enough there are two types of trains on route: Cusco — Ollyanta — Machu Picchu: one type for locals, and one for tourists (not sure if it is true for the rest of the country though). Meaning if you are a foreigner, you won't be able to purchase a local train ticket. It's definitely something to keep in mind when planning a trip.

The train arrives to a little town located at the bottom of the canyon. One can reach the ancient ruins by a long tiring hike, or by a tourist bus. There are no taxicabs here. In fact, the number of tourists and transportation is very limited here. One more "catch" for a forgetful traveler: if you didn't order your museum tickets online beforehand, you are doomed — there is no ticket registry at the entrance! Number of visitors is limited to 2000 a day for the general area of Machu Picchu, and some corners of the ancient City of Incas are even more restricted.

Machu Picchu

Being aware of the transportation challenges around Machu Picchu, Dima (sighing and grinding his teeth) booked us a room in the only hotel located by the very entrance to the museum: Sanctuary Lodge. Obviously, monopolization has never helped to maintain reasonable prices. Our very modest room for two with nice little yard was $1200 per night. Please note that the hotel is located a bit lower than the Incas City, so there was no view to speak of. This butter pill of the unspeakable price was sweetened by the fact, that it included everything: food (a modest dinner for two in a local restaurant would cost you about $100), a mini bar and even a Jacuzzi on one of the terraces in the jungle. However, the most attractive feature of them all for us was the location — only 50 meters to the museum entrance. And future events proved that we made a right choice.

And so we have arrived. I quickly assembled the helicopter and tried to lift it off right in front of our room. Despite the altitude of about 2500m, our machine worked just fine. Only our GPS navigator (same as in Nasca!) refused to detect even a minimum number of satellites. Good that we are quite experienced by now to fly this helicopter manually.

Prepared for the first flight, we headed to the museum entrance. The sight of our helicopter shocked the lady at the checkpoint. It took her a while to understand what we were saying about this equipment and how it's used. Following events did not go according to our plan. We were prohibited to bring this equipment onto the museum territory. We reached the Head Manager. This very important man, who spoke zero English, was adamant: "You can only use a professional photo equipment with a special permit from the Ministry of Culture in Cusco. (Round trip would take a whole day, and as we know from our Nasca experience, a person in charge may not even be there). If there is no permit — leave your equipment in a locker by the entrance."

All our attempts to explain (with the help of young museum workers, who volunteered to interpret for us) that we didn't have time to return to Cusco, and that we were willing to pay for the permit on the spot did not make any difference. We used up all our tricks: showing our photos of Egyptian pyramids and other wonders of the world, bagging, offering cash. Nothing! His face softened a bit, but it seemed that he had no interest in taking on responsibility and helping us. As I understood from the conversation with the young associates, the fact that it was no office, nor ticket registry near by meant that there was no way to sell us tickets for professional photography, like they did in Egypt. And we were not the first group that faced this problem in Machu Picchu.

Mt. Huyana Picchu

One of the museum workers, who sincerely tried to help us, suggested to send a written request to Cusco and obtain the permit remotely. We jumped on this opportunity and sent an email to Cusco right way. Later we realized that the Ministry is not bothered by problems of foreign photographers who traveled through half of the world with a helicopter in their suitcase. Not that day, nor any of the following days we haven't received a reply.

So that night we withdrew after our first attempt. We left the helicopter in the hotel and rushed uphill to shoot panoramas from a tripod. The museum security was ever watchful: any large bag must be left in a locker by the entrance. Even our panoramic head drew suspicious looks from security, so Dima had to swear that this was amateur equipment. They then left us in peace, but not for long — the museum was closing at 5pm. There was absolutely no way to stay for the sunset. The security couldn't be bribed, as they are afraid to lose their jobs, so money has no influence there.

Sad and disappointed we walked towards the exit. Trying to bug the big boss again we figured out that he — being a big boss — left earlier today. There was a small group of guides by the entrance. One of the guys asked us if we needed help.

— Yes, we replied, we need help. Let's step aside and have a talk.

After a long conversation the guy offered to take our helicopter through the security in his backpack. There was a chance of success, as they didn't check guides that vigorously.

Next morning we began with a raid behind enemy lines :) During the night I disassembled the helicopter, and in the morning three of us packed it parts into backpacks and pockets. I went first carrying remote control and about 7-8 kilos of power batteries in my backpack. I managed to snick in under the radar of yesterday's lady at the checkpoint along with the morning crowd. Our guide arrived to the rendezvous point in 10 minutes. Disembodied helicopter did not fit in his backpack, so we covered it with some plastic bags, which however didn't alarm the security. Dima joined our group in a few more minutes.

The guide suggested starting our session at Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu), the remote mountain, which allows a panoramic view of Machu Picchu. There is almost no security there, only tourists taking endless photos of Machu Picchu. In order to access this mountain one has to purchase online tickets beforehand and go through another checkpoint, which opens at 7am. Only 200 visitors are let through. Next group of 200 people can go in only after 10am.

We stood in line. While waiting for the checkpoint to open Dima went to take a few ground level photos of Machu Picchu, and I started filming a documentary. After a few of my comments in Russian for the film, a man standing right behind me introduced himself as "Konstantin from Russia". So we started to talk.

It is a very small world indeed. Konstantin knew about AirPano.ru, and even went to Greenland with one of our founders — Oleg Gaponyuk — a couple of months ago. Naturally, there were 4 of us going up the mountain after that. Our guide went first, jumping from boulder to boulder with ease, Konstantin followed him, then Dima and myself, breathing heavily under our backpacks.

Ascending Huayna Picchu requires good physical condition. The entire path is made of steep stone steps, where one has to use a rope or a wire stretched along side the trail. My mistake was to wear rubber "crocs" which are absolutely not appropriate for this type of climbing. Can't tell you how much I suffered on my way up!

The only flight

We picked a spot to fly the helicopter. We were looking for the closest proximity to Machu Picchu, but anyway, to my opinion, this mountain didn't work for our purpose at all — too far away from the Inka City. Nevertheless we decided to take off. The guide wisely disappeared: he didn't want to loose his license in case the museum security gets to us. He never asked to be paid for his help. Thank you very much, good man! Only because of him people of Planet Earth will be able to admire Machu Picchu from bird's eye view :)

I quickly assembled the machine, took a deep breath and took off into the abyss. It was rather challenging to fly in strong wind currents near the observation point. However we managed to shoot several spherical panoramas. As soon as the helicopter landed we heard applauding behind our backs: quite a few tourists, apparently, have been watching us from different spots, enjoying our little show.

Unfortunately, after our second flight a piercing whistle came from the top of the mountain and in a couple of minutes we saw a museum worker running towards us. Breathing heavily he couldn't say anything but "Pasaporte!" for the first minute. He grabbed our passports and offered to walk back to the administration. It's worth saying that Machu Picchu security is organized very well. All personnel were in good shape, attentive, equipped with radio sets and apparently never accept bribes.

We had no choice but to pack and walk down. As soon as I took the helicopter apart and put it in the plastic bag, the security officer immediately grabbed it from my hands. Konstantin was taken to the administration with us too. I suggested he conveniently ‘get lost' on the way back, but he said that he was not afraid of the problems and would resolve this situation with us. Konstantin spoke Spanish, so this could help in our negotiation with the authorities.

Our escort grew as we descended. We walk through Machu Picchu under an impressive convoy: 3 security guards before us, and 3 behind us — straight to the Chef of the park police. With a help of one of the museum people named Marco, we once again told our story about our non-for-profit project, about lack of time for obtaining a permit, and about willing to pay for the photography right now. Dictated by Marco, the Chef has been writing a protocol for about an hour and a half. They questioned us about how we managed to take the equipment through the security with a special attention. As if people saw us with one of the guides, so "please, tell us his name". We told them that we knew nothing of a guide, that we carried the equipment in our backpacks, and nobody paid attention to it. Museum personnel and Chef of Police pretended that they believed us.

Then they invited their "engineer", who inspected our cameras looking for prohibited photos of Peru's famous sights. Improvising, we made up a new legend for the locals: we only made test flights, and so we couldn't photograph Machu Picchu. True enough, the engineer didn't find any "criminal" images in our cameras. But of course, the entire photo session was hidden on Dima, don't ask me where :)

Our hotel checkout time was approaching. Dima asked the police to let us go and take care of it, and to my surprise they agreed. They only asked to come back later to sign some paperwork and to collect our equipment.

Tired but happy with our little victory we went to pack our stuff in the hotel. On the way, while thinking that we should have let more time to shoot Machu Picchu, Dima suddenly remembered that we had an extra day before our departure from Cusco. Originally we didn't plan to stay in this little and very expensive Tourist Heaven, but after considering all odds we decided to repeat our "assault" of the City.

By the way, if you dare to spend one more night in the Sanctuary Lodge, you can get a discount. Usually visitors spend only one night here. We were lucky that they had vacancies, so we received a 30% discount for the second night.

After lunch we decided to go photographing the city from inside. We stopped by the police office and signed the protocol. They also asked us to seal our signatures with our index finger prints. How peculiar. I took my helicopter and brought it back to the hotel.

News about Russian violators of the air space spread in Machu Picchu like fire. From that moment on every single museum worker knew our faces. Everybody smiled at us, greeted us, and at the same time watched our bags and us closely. We smiled in reply, took ground level photos of Machu Picchu and looked for a way to fly again. By the end of the day we found it.

Unfortunately, our Russian colleague Konstantin could not stay for one more night in Machu Picchu: his trip had to continue to Bogota (Colombia). In a few days he sent us a text message: he was robbed right on a street in Colombia, and so his camera, his backpack and all his photos taken in Peru were gone.

As for us, we decided to fly our helicopter in the morning right from the hotel. Officially the hotel was located outside of the museum territory, and — theoretically, if we flew really high — we could photograph the entire City.

It rained all night. In the morning a large cloud was right in front of our window. Our chances for success were close to zero. I won't event start describing our disappointment. Well, there was no other choice but to go back to the museum.

While Dima shot ground level panoramas, I made a short time-lapse: one hour in the life of the ancient Inca City. The film shows how quickly the weather changes; how clouds appear from nowhere and rapidly dissolve; how the wind changes its course. One moment the sun shines bright, and the next moment it's behind the clouds. 

So we got our good weather finally. Of course, there was no guarantee, because you cannot see the City from the hotel, but we were willing to try nevertheless in one of those short sunny intervals.

So I went out to the little yard in front of our hotel room and guided the helicopter up into the air. Not so high, not more than 100 meters. This immediately attracted the security, blowing whistles again. Paying no attention to them I changed the battery and took off as high as I could — the helicopter was almost invisible in the sky. Whistles became stronger, but they were helpless as they were on the museum territory, on the terrace, about 50 meters above us. After the second flight the sun was gone. We moved our equipment indoors, just in case. Interesting that nobody came to arrest us this time. Later I tried to talk people at the checkpoint into letting me fly from the bus station in front of the checkpoint, but they told me if I try it again, they'd call the police. Then, having left the RC helicopter at the hotel, we decided to climb the second mountain's top where the ancient Inca city lies down at the foot of the both mountains. The first mountain is called Huyana Picchu, the second one — Machu Picchu, which is visited by the tourists much less.

The path to this mountain goes through about 500m elevation. The trail is made of stone steps. All steps are counted: 1700! Usually the path takes one hour and a half, but we spent about two hours climbing up with our backpacks. We got into the storm on the way and got soaked through and through.

The view of Machu Picchu from the top of that mountain was magnificent! It is absolutely worth time and effort. Unfortunately, there was almost no sun light on Machu Picchu. And after our descent the weather turned bad completely: it rained and rained till the dark.

Flying in the mountains in such weather is a suicide, so we quickly packed our equipment, and went to say good-bye to Machu Picchu, the most famous treasure of Peru. New travels and new photographic adventures awaited us: Cusco — Lima — Santiago — Easter Islands. But this is a completely different story...

Story and photography by Stas Sedov and Dmitry Moiseenko

19 March 2012

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Wow, bardzo interesujące na pewno tam kiedyś pojadę!

Bartek Turkula, Poland

needs more facts I think but good

Madyison Lafarga

Sigue siendo un lugar muy hermoso y misterioso, me trajo lindos recuerdos de cuando lo visité en 1982. Aún con servís las fotos y en especial la que me tomé en la cima del Huayna Picchu. Felicitaciones por el reportaje

Eduardo Martínez, Chile

wow this is truely amazing but i do wish that they could walk like google maps if anyone knows what that is

Avaya Lampkins, USA

Machu Picchu is considered both masterpiece of architecture and engineering

Fernando Abanto

Doğasıyla da tarihiyle de harika bir yer. En çok beğendiğim şeylerden birisi de drone görüntüsünde farkettiğim otel oldu. Sadece otelin olduğu yerde orman kesilmiş, otelin bittiği yerde orman başlıyor hemen. Burda olsa otelin 3 katı kadar otopark yeri açarlardı, orman felan kalmazdı orlarda. Ah vatanım ah..

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Can't believe you didn't check the permit situation before you left.

Terry Black, United Kingdom

Ellerine sağlık. Verdiğiniz uğraşlara değmiş.


I think that now is the best graphic work for this renowned tourist location, Machu Pichu, about. Congratulations to the authors!

Daniel Horváth, Hungary

I have never seen such a beautiful site..
Excellent job.

srinivas G, India

Dear Sirs,
I was born in Peru and I want to congratulate you for the excellent work. Machu Picchu is one of the great wonders of the world. Hopefully you can make other videos of many beautiful places in Peru and you can get the respective authorizations in advance to avoid disappointment. It caught my attention the background music, The Last of the Mohicans, which although not native to Peru, I felt it as such. By the way, what orchestra, band or group performs the music video? This version makes me shudder and I had never heard before. I want to tell you that, when I have time I do virtual tours around the world, with your videos. These are excellent. I would appreciate your response.

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Íàòàëüÿ Ðåíåãàð, USA

adorei esse site mto interresante...

Nicoly Camara Ingryd Goulart, Brazil

este site e muito interesente mas poderiam colocar fotos melhores e videos bem legais de MACHU PICCHU. o seu site foi muito bom para a nossa pesquisa de historia

vitoria e viviane freitas e novais, Brazil

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Amelia Richey, Ethiopia

Gracias Stas y Dmity por mostrar al mundo esta maravilla al mundo. Me siento muy orgullosa de ser peruana y tener de ancestros a los Inkas . He visitado cinco veces Machupicchu, y cada vez quedo más impresionada pues es un sitio mágico. Vuestro trabajo es simplemente excelente!!. Sigan mostrando las maravillas de nuestro planeta, mucha suerte y bendiciones.
Sonia Macedo, Perú

Sonia Macedo, Peru

Gracias Stas y Dmity por mostrar al mundo esta maravilla al mundo. Me siento muy orgullosa de ser peruana y tener de ancestros a los Inkas . He visitado cinco veces Machupicchu, y cada vez quedo más impresionada pues es un sitio mágico. Vuestro trabajo es simplemente excelente!!. Sigan mostrando las maravillas de nuestro planeta, mucha suerte y bendiciones.
Sonia Macedo, Perú

Sonia Macedo, Peru


janisjayarterbury@gmailcom arterbury, USA

Love it. I have a picture of myself standing on that same outcropping of rock on Huayna Picchu as in the 4th photo down :) It was much easier to get around in Machu Picchu when we went!

Kelly Cannon, Peru

high speed internet has finally paid off! the best think I ever seen online (but reef bikini contest maby). But still!!! I spent 4 hour yesterday watching panoramas...

Michal Falken, Poland

excelente fotos amigo, muy bueno el video

Juan La rosa, Peru

its great different inca ken hahahaha

Tyson kennedy, Trinidad and Tobago



hazle click sobre la flechita para que vueles sobre machu Pichu.

margarita morato, Colombia


Hector vieira, Spain


German Porras, Colombia

Nosotros los Latinoamericanos y Caribenos estamos orgulloso de nuestra historia, de nuestros paises y de nuestro futuro.
Estas fotos de Machu Pichu nos muestran la grandeza de nuestras civilizaciones indigenas, tan maltratadasd por nuestros gobiernos y por los que en el mundo consideran que son duenos absolutos de nuestros destinos.
Gracias por estas bellas vistas, el pueblo de Peru merece esto y mas, mas temprano que tarde se abriran las grandes alamedas y los pueblos como Peru conoceran su verdadera independencia y soberania, como lo fueron nuestros antespasados.

Jesus Yanes, Cuba

Al ver todas éstas fotos (gráficas) de esta parte del MUNDO, PIENSO QUE FASCINANTE Y MISTERIOSO ES NUESTRO PLANETA,gracias por hacer este tipo de trabajo...

Luis Orozco Gómez, Venezuela

This is a fantastic story which I read with much interest because I went to Machu Pichu in the 1980s and recognised many things that you describe the train from Cusco, Ollantaytambo (did you look at the ruins there?), Pisac, the hotel outside the old city (my first experience of Pisco Sour!), the city and the climb up to Huayna Picchu. Excellent.

Jim Breeds, United Kingdom

Man this is what the internet was born for ,me and my son loved this we both sat and both our jaws dropped at this ,see all your hard work and teeth grinding paid off.hats off to you mate, both of us spent 10 minutes on the couch watching this .Thank you.

Darren Michie, United Kingdom

OMG AWESOME PICS! You made me understand how beautiful this world really is. Bravo!

Jacob Lau, USA

it.s very nice.please iran.s panorama inside the websit

erfan zandi, Iran

thanks .all of the places are as natural as I think I am there! but I recommend you to put some places in Iran at this site ,too.
Iran is a beautiful country too

keyhan salamat, Iran

Thank you guys for coming up with this idea ! For those of us who may never get to go there and even if we could, this aerial view can't be beat ! Encore Encore !!

Sean Hanns, USA

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Lokatelj Marijan, Slovenia

You people should be given the keys to every city on the planet. What your work does for those who are shut in's or suffer physical impairments is beyond my ability to describe. If I were not so poor I would send you money. Just know you are appreciated.

Ronald Willison, USA

Excellent informataive work to capture the hidden cite from third world country.

sohail jandal, Pakistan

Amazing pictures, congratulations and thank you! I've been on a similar situation and the "protocol" they made me sign was a police statement (in spanish) that they didn't let me copy. I am living in Lima at the moment and just got a letter from the court house asking me to attend on August 15th. Did you manage to copy the "protocol"? do you know what it says? am I in trouble??

Ernest Wilkinson, Canada

ESPECTACULAR!!!!! Gracias por compartir con el mundo.

Roberto Caminos, USA

Una de las maravillas de America, su panorama es fantastico,sus ruinas bien conservadas,se le debería pedir a los Estados Undios que devuelva todas las piezas arquelogicas que se llevo Bighmam, el descubridor de Machu Pichu que se llevo del Peru para "estudiarlas"y nunca devolvió.Fantastica civilizacion.Remiendo visitar tambien TulumCoba y Chicehen Itza en Yucatan,Mexico,son impresionantes.Las culturas de America son deslumbrantes.

Nicolas VERINI, Argentina

Wonderful !

Tatjana Trobec, Slovenia

Simplesmente estasiante!
Revivi toda a emoção que pude sentir quando me deparei com esta maravilha do mundo. Obrigada aos produtores desta obra que tanto possibilitam a quem não pode ter este privilégio.

Emiliana Maria Ferreira Pereira, Brazil

Thanks i really needed this for a project at school

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Bradley Armstrong, Canada

Thank you so much for this wunderfull vidio en pictures.

Hans van Dijk, Netherlands

Thank You for sharing this !!! :-) Beautiful images, and the music.. what is the titel of the music? I would love to listen to it again:-)) Keep the hard work up - it's magic!

Ana Kochel, Poland

Very very nice pictures and a very intested command about the journey. Good luck and thank you so much for the public views. Manfred

Manfred Stockle, Germany

estuvimos mi esposa e hija en mayo 2012,escalamos el Wayna Picchu hasta su cima; es indescriptible la sensacion de paz, lo grandioso y espectacular de su construccion MACHU PICCHU. MUY BUENAS TOMAS Y LO AGRADABLE DE REVIVIR LA SENSACION DE HABER ESTADO AHI,


Îòëè÷íàÿ ñúåìêà!Êðàñèâûå ìåñòà,ñîõðàíåííûå ïàìÿòíèêè âïå÷àòëÿþò.Âû òàëàíòëèâûå è ìóæåñòâåííûå ëþäè.Âàøè
ðàáîòû ïîçâîëÿþò íàì óâèäåòü ïðåêðàñíûå,óíèêàëüíûå
ìåñòà íà çåìëå.Ñïàñèáî!!!Æåëàþ êîìàíäå íîâûõ ïîáåä
è áëàãîïîëó÷èÿ!

Ýëüâèðà Ôåäîð÷óê, Russian Federation

he estado varias veces allí, es mágico es algo que no se puede descifrar y decir en palabras, si quieren sentirse en un lugar desconocido donde solo existe paz y tranquilidad visiten MACHU PICHU, simplemente


simply superb

shishira rani george, India

Phenomenal panorama of the site...I was there four years ago...a haunting, spiritual experience...the mist of the early morning evaporates into wonderful paradise of a panorama...highly recommend this unique WHS...and the this presentation does it justice, thank you!

tony Fantillo, Canada

Very nice pictures. I would like visit Machu Picchu in 2014. What is the best month for visit this area, please?

Thank you for answer.

Metod Hromník, Czech Republic


tahir isak, Ethiopia

Its a beautiful place and definitely one of my favorites! I went to visit over the christmas holidays last year and it was just extraordinary.

Sasadia macdulike, American Samoa

Me sumo a las tantas felicitaciones y agradezco mucho que compartan las imágenes y todo este trabajo de mucha expectativa. Air pano

Emmanuel Ramos, Mexico

it,s beautiful.Iran is the country what has various beautiful place.Iran has a lot of place what are the same this.wellcome to Iran.

ehsan motamedi, Iran

Thank you for making this available to everyone. It's wonderful to share the beauty of this planet.
Love and blessings to the Airpano team

Sophie ., United Kingdom

How could express myself; for what I felt seeing wonderful pictures, and the way I was looking into. I have done thousands of pictures; those just seen make me understand how much more I have to learn, also our Planet is so gorgeous which made me loose how to express of what I just see. A.Oscar

Antonio Oscar Silva, Portugal

There are tons of young electricians about at the moment.

Teri Snell, Netherlands


Jay Moonsamy, South Africa

prelijepo,......trebalo bi i ostati tako za buduće generacije,..pozdrav iz bosne

mirsad ilmić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Amazing ! I've bin to some places but this gives a beautifull perspective, unseen before.

Erik F, Netherlands

thank you airpano.that was really great.wonderfull .when i saw the places i didn't belive my eyes!!!!again thank you

keyhan salamat, Iran

It's a wonderful world!
Good luck for all friends
Maria / Poland

Maria Kochanska, Poland

Just unbelievable! The technology that creates such wonders is just superb. Thanks to the team that has enabled access to all those places for all people. Why not such a photograph of the Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas.

Venu Gopal, India

veri veri good is thank yuo air pano

kamal jelvedeh, Iran

Thank you. Thank you. NowI know what Machu Pichu was. The Incas didnt build it. It was built by a cilivisation far older and far more advanced than we are today. Your pictures make it obvious. I know now It was a mountain resort, with breath taking views and terraced flower gardens. built by very very intelegent people,

Kenneth Ambrose, USA

I love this Machu Picchu panorama. The background score is awesome. I get carried away to a different world whenever i watch this. Thank you so much. Hope i visit this place some day.

vishal kerebail, India

"just wonderful"
Hopefully I'll be able to visit Machu Pichu next year - to celebrate my 70th Birthday.

Claudette Savage, Canada

Simplesmente Maravilhoso! Parabéns o trabalho ficou espetacular!

Angelita Cardoso Machado, Brazil

I have visited MachuPichu three times, the lasta time was last year, with my daughter and grand daugheter, for her was the first time to go to Peru, and MuchuPichu, she realy liked it, and she is ready to retur over ther.

Teodora Amiot, New Caledonia

Thanks for sharing the beauty of my land and the beauty of this world wonder, I love it!

Olinda Vega, Peru

Great work. Your narration was perfect too. Made me wish to go there one of these days.

Adamin Biri, Turkey


Julio Campos, Chile

Lo mejor de lo mejor, felicitaciones por mostrar al Mundo nuestro orgullo más preciado, muchisísimas gracias y bienvenidos al Perú, amigos extranjeros.

Christian Arriola Mori, Peru

A todos que efetuaram este trabalho meu eterno obrigada.
Uma magnífica mostra de quanto a natureza e o conhecimento humano passado e atual podem fazer.
Os Andes enigmáticos e imponentes nos reservam maravilhas.

Lucia Sevegnani, Brazil

Gracias totales!! Emoción hasta las lágrimas, hace tiempo que quiero viajar a M Picchu, mientras no junto los recursos, sueño y viajo con su hermoso trabajo.Estoy felíz y agradecida con uds!!

Graciela Romano, Uruguay

Beautiful and memorable for me. The room near the ruins was only 200 when I stayed there 15 years ago, and I thought it was expensive then. Thank you for sharing this extraordinary footage. How did you get to the top of Mt. Machu Picchu?

Cindy Liebeck, USA

Absolutament hermoso, seguramente mejor que al natural por poder verlo desde arriba. Gracias a vuestro trabajo acabo de proponerme ir a visitar Machu Pichu en cuanto me sea posible.

Carmen villar, Spain

Have only just received email about your site and may I say absolutely magnificent. can see myself spending hours looking at your beautiful work. very hypnotic. A credit to all involved

Malcolm Rowe, Australia

Extraordinariamente hermoso! "RECUERDEN QUE MACHU PICCHU ES CONSIDERADO INTERNACIONALMENTE UNA DE LAS SIETE MARAVILLAS DEL MUNDO" que viva nuestra sangre Inca!.....felicitaciones y enhorabuena

Emperatriz Guillen, USA

Muchas gracias por su mensaje! Hasta pronto.

Varvara, AirPano

We hiked every square foot in 1985 including both peaks -unbelievably beautiful ! Your tour was even more breathtaking now for us. We were 70 then only 21 now after viewing your pictures ! Thrilled ! Jay

Jay Beaufait, USA

he disfrutado sin música de nuestra maravilla mundial.Gracias a todos los que han trabajado para entregarnos esta maravilla en el internet.
Elque está en desacuerdo con la música que nos entregue un trabajo a su manera,le agradeceré mucho más.

jose rubio, Peru

Hermoso testimonio de nuestra cultura, una maravilla mundial "Machu Picchu". Qozqo - Perú

enjoy it!!!

Elsa Pacheco, Peru

Admiration is a wonderful thing. It makes what is exceptional in others belong to us as well.

Thank you

Haji Karmali, Canada

This is a good work of art and its a great joy for whom those watch it.

Pramod Mathew, India

Excellent camera work...Your Pano is Amazing..fabulous. Congrats!!!

Dev Hanu, India

amazing,thank you from yhe bottom of my heart


Wonderful panorama. Great job! Exactly as I remember it. Love the article - you didn't mention that there are NO toilets on the whole site? Go slow on the water! :)!

Manie Greyling, South Africa

360° panoramas have ever been my favorites photos. For the example of Machu Pichu have a look a this work made in Peru.http://panoramas.pe/machupicchu100.html

Juan Carlos Schoch, Italy

I love Macchu Pichu and intend to go there asap. Thanks for the "catchs". You really did a wonderful work there and if it not for your tremendous effort I would not have previously seen so detailed images. What worries me is bribing; it seemed to me that you take for granted bribery moves the world ....


Definitely, one of my favorite places. It's on my agenda to visit Machu Pichu sometime in my life, but this is the closest I could have gotten without hopping on a plane!!!!! FABULOUS job!!!! Thanks for taking me on the trip!!!!

Nélida Irizarry, Puerto Rico

Thanks for your message and have a nice trip!

Varvara, AirPano


Nell Rojas, Peru

Beautiful, Gorgeous! And the music.... Perfect! It transports you to join nature...

Denia Freiberg, USA

Excelente trabajo el del equipo. Machu-Picchu, es una maravilla. Afortunadamente, cuando lo hemos visitado, nunca hemos tenido problema alguno ni de hotel ni transporte, ni nada. Hemos podido disfrutar plenamente del lugar.

Sonia Kinast Feliu, Chile

Muchas gracias por su comentario! Hasta pronto.

Varvara, AirPano

Estupendo,il mio prossimo viaggio

laura gabriella gilardoni, Italy


Wolf Sasse, Canada

Andrea - Great photos and a nice recap of your trip! How was the hike up to Machu Picchu? My mom went there about 10 years ago and did the hike. Reading your blog bogruht back memories of her stories from Peru. I know she was really sad about all the children on the streets, and it sounded like she gave them pretty much everything in her purse that she could! I'm glad you guys stood your ground on the cab issue!!

Yoel Yoell, Guatemala

excellent work ... really appreciate....

varun bali, India

Skvele! Nadherne to doplna moje snimky a videa z maja 2012. Dakujeme.

Maria Sujova, Slovakia

Amazing Super images and very wonder full
Thanks Airpano Team

p.s.r.k.raju shiva, India

El trabajo está maravilloso, se llega a sentir la mística que se percibe en el lugar sobre todo la emoción de estar en la cima del Huayna Picchu y con la música del Cóndor Pasa, mejor aún. Lo estoy compartiendo con amistades. Felicitaciones!

Lucia Bonicelli, Peru

Êðàñîòà! ß òàì áûë è ðàä âèäåòü ñíîâî âñ¸ ñ ýòîé "òî÷êå" çðåíèå!

Fred Samorodin, Canada

Very impressed.....I am from Cusco, Peru, read your story and have no comments.
CONGRATULATIONS. It's really a very wonderful job.

Juan Centeno, Peru


paulo brito, Brazil

My wife and I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu three years ago when we were 72. This brought back so many memories. Thank you. (If you go back, fly the Inca Trail and produce the video for those who cannot or will not make this wonderful hike)

Kiefer Tobin, USA

Great!!!! and wonderful work, I was there hiking ,on the trail..Your pano are the best .evry corner beautiful. ..I shall follow your work.. Thank a million.

supatra minsch, USA

Amazing!!! I have always wanted to visit this magical place, and now I feel that I have. And what a wonderful story! Thank you so-o-o-o much for this! And for this entire project!

Ellen Searles, USA

Todo el trabajo Excelente, los felicito, que hermosura. Gracias por hacernos conocer lo maravilloso del mundo.

Víctor O. Zevallos Gracey, Peru

I was in M.P. in 1968 with 2 friends. No admission. We did climb to Huayna P. (more of a jungle). Stayed in hotel one night for almost nothing. I was 30 yrs old then. -- Your panoramas are the best I've ever seen. Thank you!!!

Helen Miller, USA

Brilliant! I wish we'd FB share buttons.

kevin kusiima, Uganda

Büyüleyici bir görüntü. Çok teşekkürler. Umarım sitenizde buna benzer, eşdeğer başka görüntüler de vardır.

Yücelay SAL, Turkey

visit masooleh a same city in iran /talesh too

kamyar keshavarz

Your work is wonderful. Great Images. I have become fan of this website. Feeling that I am on world tour.
Thanks a lot.

pushpa vasuki

Love It! Really Very Nice and Thanks To All The Team,
Great Job and Well Done,

Thumbs Up For You Guys :)

Mohamed Arafa, Egypt

I have no words for this incredibel pictures. Thx very, very much.

Jack Engelen, Belgium

Um projeto fantástico, muito obrigado!

Noelson Duarte, Brazil


Ewa Jablonska, Poland


kiranmai kir, India

Beautifully done! Bravo!

Harvey Whitman, USA

This makes me even more anxious to see it for real
this coming June. Keep up your fantastic work!

Barbara Geisler, Canada

شما بهترین هستید دوستون دارم موفق و سربلن یاشید

میثم قلیچی, Iran

Dear visitor, please, write in English. This is the best way to understand you.

Varvara, AirPano

Muito lindo,trabalho espetacular sem comentarios

Marco valerio Maciel, Brazil


Kimunandar Santoso Hadiwardojo, Indonesia

Mil disculpas por las incomodidades, pero debemos cuidar nuestros tesoros!!! Gracias por todo

vilma tejada ramirez

He quedado atónito ante un trabajo profesional, de la más alta calidad. Es una manera diferente de conocer el mundo a través del lente de profesionales como ustedes. Felicidades.

Carlos Rueda, Mexico

哇 怎么做出来的哦

wang shitan, China



Amazing! Looking at your high def pano is indeed the next best thing to being there. Thanks for the great view.

Vijay Subbu, India

We are grateful for your interest in this panorama.

Varvara, AirPano

Wonderful work. No comments. No words. Simply wonderful.

Alex Brito, Portugal

Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list as long as I can remember. In case I don't make it in person, this will help ease the pain. Lovely. I love your work.

Lesley Lee, Malaysia

hola gracias a todos los que isiero este trabajo exelente.
Dios los bendiga sigan adelante.

feli caruatay, Peru

Breathtaking! I'm so glad I've seen your footage. Even my 7 years old daughter was mesmerized. She wants to go there some day...I hope she will. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Cami Birdacel, Australia

We are happy that this pano inspired your daughter to visit this magnificent place some day.

Varvara, AirPano

I wish I could arrragne a party there.

Saeed Ahmed Khan, Pakistan

awesome camera,

sureshperla perla, India

I have been to Machu Picchu - the ancient city of the Inca Empire - in three different occasions, and this is the best show of all times. The excellence of the photos are incredible. I was able to see more of this Lost City of the Incas that I was able to see in person.

Dulce Rosado, USA

Many thanks for your comment.

Varvara, AirPano

Gracias por compartir estas magníficas vistas de las maravillas de nuestro planeta.
Esta del Machu Picchu es una de las mejores. Es espectacular. Enhorabuena por el trabajo.

Jordi Cunill, Spain

Thank you for letting me relive my original visit to this incredible place
Roy Romsey

roy Romsey, United Kingdom

Fabulous! Thank you for sharing this story and magnificent images on the internet.
I wish you good luck for future adventures.

Lex La Crois, Netherlands

Many thanks both for visiting us and for your good wishes.

Varvara, AirPano


sailor rakesh, India

Your dedication to the pano project is marvelous. What your team went through at this site shows it. I will never visit this amazing human endeavor in one of nature's showplaces, but now I can say I have really seen it.

Babble On, USA

We are happy to have your message on this page. Thank you.

Varvara, AirPano

All i could say (sing) is
Kilimanjaro,,malai kanimanjaaro!
kanna kuzhimanjaro yaaro yaaro!!
Super Star Rajini Rocks,,will be ther sumday Yo-Yo

santhosh raj, India

Absolutamente lindo, incrivelmente maravilhoso
e um trabalho majestoso.

Julio Cesar Ribeiro Vieira, Brazil

Super. Excelent photos and you were lucky with the weather. I follow your job :-) http://www.virtualczech.cz/letecke-panorama.php

Martin Hrdlicka, Czech Republic

Amazing shots. For sure the most amazing place Ive ever visited. First went in 76 as a kid. Returned about 5 years ago with my son. Your pictures showed everything we could not see from the ground thank you for sharing....

Sue Tighe Cushman, USA

Thanks a lot for your interest and attention. It gives us pleasure to get such messages like yours.

Varvara, AirPano

Incredible pics! Thank you for sharing!. Never been there. Last time i check, for us, going to Machu Pichu is much more expensive than travel to the US or to Europe!

Mercedes Ferreira, Uruguay

1 x űen fantasztIQs

Tóth Imre,H-8400 Ajka, Hungary

wow I am so impressed with your performance that you put on this web site...I felt so special because of being witness of all this beauty..Great job!!

Metin ALTIN, Canada

Thank you! We appreciate your interest in this pano.

Varvara, AirPano

Piękne widoki naszego cudownego Świata.

Klonowski Marian, Poland

Un endroit que j'aurais voulu visiter depuis longtemps.. maintenant c'est chose faite.. excellent !

Donald LAJOIE, Canada


Aysenur Yurekli, Turkey

The perfect show of all the spectacular beauty of your camera

兴华 温, China


岩 唐, China

great job with great places.

saif bittar, Saudi Arabia

I was excited about his adventure and the great story, when I was there in 2007 was still a compact camera buff, so I shall return to justify my professional Canon equipment;)
Juan Quiles, Spain

Juan Quiles, Spain

Yes, you should try. Good luck!

Varvara, AirPano

Me ha emocionado su aventura y el excelente reportaje, cuando estuve allá en el 2007 aún era un aficionado de cámara compacta, por lo que he de volver para justificar mi equipo Canon profesional ;)

Juan Quiles, Spain

Fantastic , forte frumoasa , gyönyörű

Grejuc Maria, Romania

That's really a great job. Congratulations to the entire team.

Kashifali Syed, India

It's amazing

karthik reddy, India

I have mixed feeling about your approach. Security is there for a reason a few years ago a film crew did some serious damage which changed the laws protecting Machu Picchu forever. If every photographer took this renegade approach how are they to protect their national treasure?

Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor, USA

Mesmerising! I so admire you for doing this under such difficult circumstances. This is such a beautiful place. I'd love to visit, but know I never will. This is the next best thing to being there.Thanks.

Jacqueline Millar, Canada

Thanks a lot for your interest and attention. We are happy you enjoyed this pano.

Varvara, AirPano

Everything was amazing. Photos Story line and everything..Thumbs for you guys... Its awesome..
Good luck for your next adventure..

Nio Diehard, India

Absolutely fantastic, one of the places I've wanted to visit for many years but know I'll never get the chance, so this is perfect, thank you

Sandra Clarke, Australia

You are welcome! Thanks a lot for the message left.

Varvara, AirPano

its unimaginable and very couragius but admirable effort.keep doing this for ever and ever again.

Meena Saraiya, India


Gopal Krishna Pandya, India

Your work is wonderful!! Su trabajo es excelente, sus imagenes HD perfectas.Gracias por dejarnos ver el mundo y sus bellezas naturales desde las alturas.

Marialida Perez, Venezuela

Your work is wonderful!! Can't wait to see TIKAL..If you come to Seattle,contact me !


Thanks for your message. Good luck!

Varvara, AirPano

exellent travail et perfection merci de ces diapo qui nous fait vivre les merveilles de la nature bravo l'equipe de ce magnifique travail


Amazing work done...Congrats !!!!

Andréa Coelho, Brazil

Just wonderful!
Suzi Borges,Brazil

Suzi Borges, Brazil

Amazing job!

Miguel De La Cruz, Spain

Super images and very exemple organisated anciet village


Great Job!

Juan Carlos Perez, USA