100th anniversary of Machu Picchu’s rediscovery

view of machu picchu peruThe Lost City of the Incas was an immediate best-seller upon publication in 1948 and its author, Hiram Bingham, is credited with bringing Machu Picchu to the attention of the world. He was absolutely thrilled to rediscover the Inca city on 24 July, 1911, and one hundred years on the marvelous Machu Picchu holds just as much fascination, as Susie Elwood explains…

“It was one of those take-your-breath-away travel moments – trudging along the Inca Trail for days, then reaching the Sun Gate in time to see the light of day illuminate Machu Picchu. I’ve seen pyramids, the Great Wall, Angkor Wat and other iconic sites, but there is something about this place that is much more riveting.

There was a flood of emotions: wonder, excitement, satisfaction and thanks. Special thanks to our Intrepid trekking team, who willed me all the way with their smiles and a great group of new-found friends who took my mind off my aches and made my Inca Trail Express trip an unforgettable experience!”

To find out more about travelling with Intrepid and for your chance to WIN a trip in every edition, subscribe to Intrepid Express, our free e-newsletter. Plus you can become a fan of our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

* photo by John Riddle – Intrepid Photography Competition

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

Similar Posts


Christian Friborg / Reply

Bucket list. I must experience trekking in this majestic trails before I kick the bucket!


Quite an anniversary. Can’t wait to visit!

Leave a reply