July 24th will mark the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu! On July 24, 1911, American explorer Hiram Bingham came across the “Lost City of the Incas” in Peru. Thousands of people visit this historic site each day, and a major celebration will occur during the month of July to commemorate this Wonder of the Modern World. The centennial events will last for five days beginning on July 7th.
Machu Picchu is believed to have been created around 1450 when the Incan Empire was at its peak. 7,500 feet above sea level in the Andean Mountains, this ancient city is filled with farming terraces and built with large stones. The Incas built thousands of miles of roads, 600 terraces, sixteen fountains, several temples, and thousands of steps. Speculation about the purpose of Machu Picchu remains inconclusive, yet it is believed by many that it was created for an Inca emperor. Regardless of the city’s purpose and the questions surrounding its abandonment, Machu Picchu is undoubtedly a breathtaking site to see and the Centennial Festival will certainly be a major tourist attraction in July!
By: Megan Salvia, MSMF Intern