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100 facts for 100 years of Machu Picchu: Fact 2

April 16, 2011|By Catharine Hamm | Los Angeles Times Travel editor
(Liliana Nieto del Rio / For…)

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.

2. Peru shares borders with five countries: Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.

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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