Was Machu Picchu ever truly “lost”?
Re-discovered in 1911 by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, at the time the explorer was actually looking for Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Incas in 1572. Over the last century it has become famous as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, but in recent times there has been some debate as to whether Machu Picchu was ever “lost”. It has been recorded that when Bingham arrived there were a number of peasant farmers living near the site.
Hiram Bingham with guides at Machu Picchu