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July 24 1911 is known as the date of the "discovery" of the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, an architectural treasure that had remained hidden for over four centuries under the lush vegetation of the Urubamba canyon. This find was made by the controversial American anthropologist and historian with a penchant for archaeology (or, if you like, the explorer), Professor Hiram Bingham of Yale University.

Although the discovery is attributed to Bingham, according to the Cusco researcher, Simone Waisbard, the find was a chance one, since its first discoverers were apparently Enrique Palma, Gabino Sanchez and Agustin Lizarraga, who left their names engraved on one of the rocks there on July 14, 1901. Moreover, the Anglo Saxon archaeologist was really looking for the city of Vitco, the last refuge of the Incas, and their last bastion against the Spaniards. Thus, the importance of Bingham's discovery would lie in the scientific diffusion of the information. However, for the protagonist of this discovery, it was the crowning of an exhausting research effort, based on information obtained from local peasants, as well as on several years of traveling and exploring the area.

Before Machu Picchu was discovered, it probably formed part of the Qollapani and Kutija estates. Over the years, the Q`ente hacienda took possession of the property. The discoverers, Palma, Sanchez and Lizarraga found a local indian, Anacleto Alvarez, who had been paying a rent of twelve soles a year for farming rights on the property during the last eight years, living there.

The owners of the fundo would never have been able to explore the whole place, due to its sheer size, and especially because of its jagged topography. People had, in fact, been living in Machu Picchu without having an idea of its size nor of its importance, let alone being able to inform the world of these things.



Machu Picchu Tours

Program Duration Highlights


3 Days and 2 Nights Cusco, Machu Picchu
CUSCO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS 4 Days and 3 Nights Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
NEW PISAQ & MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS  4 Days and 3 Nights Cusco, Ruins of Pisac, Urubamba Valley, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Moray ruins, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
CUSCO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS 5 Days and 4 Nights Cusco, Machu Picchu with overnight stay, Sacred Valley
NEW PISAQ & MACHUPICCHU 5 DAYS 5 Days and 4 Nights Cusco,  Ruins of Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Ollantaytambo,  Maras, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley of Urubamba, Aguas Calientes, Putukusi
CUSCO THE INCAS EMPIRE 5 DAYS 5 Days and 4 Nights Cusco, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, Urubamba Valley,  Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
CUSCO SOFT ADVENTURE 5 DAYS  5 Days and 4 Nights Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (2 days), Cusco, Sacred Valley


6 Days and 5 Nights Cusco, Moray, Maras, Salinas, Aguas Calientes, Mandor, Putukusi, Wayna Picchu, Intipunku, Machu Picchu
MACHU PICCHU LIGHT ADVENTURE 6 DAYS 6 Days and 5 Nights Cusco , Horse Back riding to Cusco Ruins, Sacsayhuaman, Agus calientes, Machu Picchu.
CUSCO NATURE 7 DAYS 7 Days and 6 Nights Cusco, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, horse riding adventure, short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
CUSCO ARCHEOLOGICAL 7 DAYS 7 Days and 7 Nights Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Tipon, Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas, Maras y Moray.
CUSCO ADVENTURE BUDGET 8 DAYS 8 Days and 7 Nights Cusco, Inca Trail hike up to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Rafting
SALKANTAY ADVENTURE BUDGET 8 DAYS 8 Days and 7 Nights Cusco, Rafting, Salkantay, Soraypampa, Chaullay, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu.

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