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Jun 29
World’s Best Hikes: 7 Insider Tips to Maximize Your Hike to Machu Picchu
With all the hoopla surrounding the 100th anniversary of Hiram Bingham  III’s rediscovery of Machu Picchu on July 24, 1911, there’s never been  more interest in visiting the ruins that he dubbed the Lost City of the  Incas. The best way to arrive, of course, is by hiking the Inca Trail.  (A path, incidentally, that was another one of Bingham’s finds—he  uncovered it while exploring the area around Machu Picchu in 1915.) But  the days when an adventurous traveler could fly into Cusco on a Saturday  and depart for the Inca Trail on Sunday have long since come and gone.  Walking the Inca Trail requires equal parts dreaming and  strategizing—not to mention a few trips to the gym. Here are a few tips  on how to get the most out of your trek.Photograph by Miguel De Freitas, My Shot

World’s Best Hikes: 7 Insider Tips to Maximize Your Hike to Machu Picchu

With all the hoopla surrounding the 100th anniversary of Hiram Bingham III’s rediscovery of Machu Picchu on July 24, 1911, there’s never been more interest in visiting the ruins that he dubbed the Lost City of the Incas. The best way to arrive, of course, is by hiking the Inca Trail. (A path, incidentally, that was another one of Bingham’s finds—he uncovered it while exploring the area around Machu Picchu in 1915.) But the days when an adventurous traveler could fly into Cusco on a Saturday and depart for the Inca Trail on Sunday have long since come and gone. Walking the Inca Trail requires equal parts dreaming and strategizing—not to mention a few trips to the gym. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your trek.

Photograph by Miguel De Freitas, My Shot


Jun 24

On Our Way to 100 Years Since Bingham Discovered Machu Picchu

One month from today is the 100th anniversary of when explorer Hiram Bingham III found Machu Picchu.

Did you know Machu Picchu is not actually the Lost City of the Inca?

When the explorer Hiram Bingham III encountered Machu Picchu in 1911, he was looking for a different city, known as Vilcabamba. This was a hidden capital to which the Inca had escaped after the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1532. Over time it became famous as the legendary Lost City of the Inca. Bingham spent most of his life arguing that Machu Picchu and Vilcabamba were one and the same, a theory that wasn’t proved wrong until after his death in 1956. (The real Vilcabamba is now believed to have been built in the jungle about 50 miles west of Machu Picchu.) Recent research has cast doubt on whether Machu Picchu had ever been forgotten at all. When Bingham arrived, three families of farmers were living at the site.

Read more of Machu Picchu’s secrets here