April 16, 2011 |
In July, Machu Picchu, Peru’s biggest tourist attraction, will mark its 100 th 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.