La Paz, Bolivia
Machu Picchu Peru
Arguably the most famous archaeological site in South America, the Inca city of Machu Picchu sits high on a ridge above the Urubamba River not far from Cusco. The steep peak behind the site is called Huayna Picchu. Probably built during the reign of the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century, it was never found by the Spanish and remained unknown to the outside world until the arrival of the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911.
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February 12th, 2009
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