After Bingham discovered the lost city, he was accused of stealing the treasure that was buried in the town by Incas (or assumed there was a hidden treasure), by the Peruvian government. But in reality, the cache was too big the steal. That’s right. The Machu Picchu is a most precious treasure itself, and there was no way for Bingham to take it with him. However, it took so many years to realize how significant and valuable is the lost city itself. It cannot compare with any treasures in the world I am sure. I have never seen or experienced anything like this in my life before. It is a breathtaking and spiritual place.
HOW TO GET HERE
I am sure some of you worry about getting here, it’s easier than most of you think. There are trains and buses from the other towns to Machu Picchu town called Aquas Calientes. Once you get to the small town, you can either take the half hour bus ride or hike to the top of the mountain. The duration of the hike depends on your pace; I heard from some people that they walked in an hour and others in two hours. But before you head to Peru, there are some facts you need to know about Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu became the most famous historical site in South America, built in the 15th century on a high mountain above the Urubamba river. Once you get to the top, you are at the same level as clouds, and that will give you peaceful feeling beyond your imagination.
There were estimated thousand Incas inhabited in the city for few decades before being abandoned during the Spanish conquest; the city remained a secret until Hiram Bingham’s discovery in 1911.
The reason mentioned in Garcilaso de la Vega’s most famous book called “The Royal Commentaries of Incas” that the Incas had no written language, there is no record as to why and how they built the site or how was it used.
Engineering of the site blends perfectly with the stone cliffs under the section. The place is an excellent proof of how much Incas cared and nurtured the nature; it has many complexes of palaces, plazas, temples, and homes that align with astronomical and natural events.
The site was declared World Heritage site in 1983 by UNESCO and set a limit of 2,500 visitors per day. In 2007, it became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.