Nov 25, 2008
The Wave Arizona: Coyote Buttes are the far southern portion of the Coxcomb Ridge, a 40 mile escarpment that parallels much of the Cottonwood Canyon Road and provides an impressive barrier to US 89 between Kanab and Page. The buttes are reached by the House Rock Valley Road that links US 89 with ALT-US 89, south of the Vermilion Cliffs in Arizona, and all are contained within both the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Multicolored, eroded rock formations dominate most of southeast Utah, though particularly outstanding is the desert either side of the Paria River, beneath the Vermilion Cliffs - seen for example along the Cottonwood Canyon Road or at the Paria Rimrocks. The kaleidoscopic scenery extends a little way south into Arizona, before the land becomes more sandy and barren, and all can be visited free of charge and with no access restrictions apart from the Paria canyon system and one small area spanning the UT/AZ border (mostly in AZ); this is Coyote Buttes, which was unknown before the mid 1990s but is now quite popular because of just one formation, 'The Wave', a small ravine between eroded sandstone domes formed of amazingly beautiful rocks containing thin, swirling strata.
Nov 24, 2008
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the world's most spectacular ruins. Houses, temples, staircases and agricultural terraces were built high among rugged and forested mountains with distant snow-covered Andean peaks providing a backdrop. Far below, the rapids of the Urubamba river loop round the site.Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the world's most spectacular ruins. Houses, temples, staircases and agricultural terraces were built high among rugged and forested mountains with distant snow-covered Andean peaks providing a backdrop. Far below, the rapids of the Urubamba river loop round the site.The intriguing buildings and structures at Machu Picchu are testimonies to the skills of the Inca builders. No other civilization in the ancient world was able to cut and assemble stone blocks so perfectly. The purposes of many of the Inca constructions at Machu Picchu remain a mystery.The Inca revered mountains and incorporated the natural beauty of the Andean landscape into Machu Picchu.You Might Like Sahara in Algeria-Most Beautiful Desert in World
Nov 19, 2008
Forces of erosion led by the Colorado River have exposed a mile-deep canyon unmatched in the incomparable vistas it affords from the rim, where space and time take on geological proportions that overwhelm our senses.Located in northern Arizona, this park is 81 miles from Flagstaff, the largest city in the area.Magnificent in size and scope, the Grand Canyon has been proclaimed to be the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. It is over a mile deep and upto 18 miles wide and stretches for 277 miles, covering a total of 1,218,375 acres. There are hiking trails and mule rides (200lb weight limit on the mules) which can bring you to the bottom of the canyon at the Colorado River. Numerous vistas and rim trails exist for those that want to look but not hike into the canyon. These are accessible by car, public transportation or hiking. Views are spectacular from any of the vistas, and as the pictures show, the time of day effects the lighting in the canyon. Midday brings a bright and shining canyon, early morning and late day bring contrast between sun and shade, highlighting deep colors. Temperatures can get quite hot during the summer, especially as one descends into the canyon.
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