The 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!”
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* photo by John Riddle – Intrepid Photography Competition