Machu Picchu, the famed "Lost City of the Incas," was revealed to the Western world in 1911 when explorer Hiram Bingham reached the top of the mountain ridge it sits on, at 8,000 feet, and took numerous photographs of the ancient abandoned site. It is not known for certain, but speculation is that it was perhaps an estate of the Inca royalty. In 2007 Machu Picchu was voted one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World." Well over 400,000 people (2003 estimate) from all over the world visit the site annually.




Machu Picchu, Peru
2009