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In 2011 the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru celebrate their 100th anniversary. Or at least; the ruins were discovered one hundred years ago. The village of Machu Picchu was accidentally discovered on July 24th,1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. A group of Quechuan people led the explorer up the mountains to the peak they called Machu Picchu (meaning old mountain). To his surprise there were still people living in the village. Machu Picchu was built in 1450 and abandoned a century later with the arrival of the Conquistadores.

Machu Picchu celebrates 100 years

Scientist believe that the village was built on this specific location in the Andes, because it was close to high mountain tops which had high religious relevance to the Inca culture and allowed them to follow astronomical events. Nowadays the gorgeous Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a very popular tourist destination in all Latin America.

In 2011 there are many special festivities due to the 100th anniversary, please check our blog and website for updated information.  For more information about excursions to Machu Picchu: our home travel agency, Dos Manos Travel, organizes hiking and train trips to the beautiful ruins.

Go to Dos Manos Peru Travel Agency

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