The exquisite architecture of the massive inca stone structures, the formidable backdrop of steep sugarloaf hills and the Urubamba river winding far below have made Machu Picchu the iconic symbol of Peru.It´s a mystical city, the most famous archeological site in South America, and one of the world´s must-see destinations.
The world did not become aware of Machu Picchu´s existence until 1911 when yale university historian hiram Bingham (1875-1956) announced that he had "discovered" the site."Rediscovery" is a more accurate term;area residents knew of Machu Picchu´s existence all along.This "lost city of the inca" was missed by the ravaging conquistadors and survived untouched until the beginning of the 20th century. (http://www.tierrasvivas.com/en/travel-blog/machu-picchu-the-inca-trail-peru)
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