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May 31, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
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've been posting one each of the 100 days leading to the anniversary. Read from the bottom up. 47. Francisco Pizarro easily took over the city of Cuzco. Two years later, he founded Lima, where he died in 1541.
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