Monday, July 25, 2011
Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the (re)discovery of Macchu Pichu. In 1911, a Yale professor named Hiram Bingham discovered the 15th century Andian city under years of vines and overgrown foliage. Though the Incan people had never considered the city lost, Bingham's discovery initiated a restoration effort that would revive the ruins and reveal them to a new audience. I had the opportunity to walk the archeological site last year and if you have the opportunity, it is definitely worth a trip. Conservancies are considering closing the archeological site to tourists in the near future (because the foot traffic is distorting some of the stones), so now's the time to go and see the site as the Incas did.