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100 facts for 100 years of Machu Picchu: Fact 1

April 15, 2011|By Catharine Hamm | Los Angeles Times Travel editor
  • Machu Pichu will mark the 100th anniversary of its rediscovery July 24.
Machu Pichu will mark the 100th anniversary of its rediscovery July 24. (Catharine Hamm / Los Angeles…)

In July, Machu Picchu, Peru’s biggest tourist attraction, will mark its 100th anniversary of rediscovery. Hiram Bingham III, a Yale professor, came upon the vine-covered ruins on July 24, 1911. Here, then, as we lead up to the century mark, are 100-plus facts about Machu Picchu, its country, its history and its players. We will post one each day for the next 100 days.

1. At 496,218 square miles, Peru, in western South America, is about the size of three Californias.  California, however, has about 8 million more residents than Peru.

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