May 24, 2011 |
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. 40. Where once there was an Incan empire, now there was a Spanish empire that endured for 300 years. 39. The conquistadors played a huge role in Peru, of course.