Machu Picchu Is Discovered
On this day in 1911, Hiram Bingham first set eyes upon the splendour that is Machu Picchu in the Cuzco region of Peru.
It’s location was only known by local peasants until the archaeologist discovered it. Believed to have been a summer retreat for the leader of the Incan civilisation until they were wiped out by Spanish invaders in the sixteenth century.
Bingham published a book which was a sell-out of it’s time leading to the site being visit by some 300,000 people each year in todays world.
Mach Picchu covers an area of almost 326 square kilometres with well in excess of 3,000 steps.
It is a site on the bucket list of millions.
Today, in 1969, Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean successfully completing the first manned mission that landed on the Moon.