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July 22, 2011 | Byy Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
We're on the final countdown to the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu in Peru. On July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham III, a Yale professor, came upon the vine-covered ruins of the ancient Inca city, which the Spanish had overlooked for three centuries. For the 100 days leading to the anniversary, we've been publishing a fact a day. Here's a look at the site's country, history and players. Read from the bottom up. 99. The damage to the sundial at Machu Picchu apparently was inflicted by a crane, for which officials said the company did not have permission.
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