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Tourists enticed to tour Machu Picchu 100 years after its discovery
Intense Peru, a tour and travel agency located in Lima, recently announced a 10% savings on all Machu Picchu tours on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of the Lost City of the Incas by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Tourists in Machu Picchu, Cusco [Credit: ANDINA/Archive]
Every year an increasing number of travelers come from different parts of the world to admire the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Some travellers have little information and some others not only are well prepared but fill their tour guides with enthusiastic comments and questions. And the truth is that no matter how much you know about Machu Picchu, absolutely everyone is impressed by its rich and intriguing history, splendid architecture, and enigmatic location.

"Machu Picchu is one of the most unique travel destinations in the world because it offers a large variety of experiences through its awe inspiring vistas, natural beauty, archaeological legacy, ancestral communities and adventure activities. In essence, a Machu Picchu tour has it all" said Sofia Arce, General Manager of Intense Peru.

"And with the added savings and ongoing celebrations it is a truly a great time for all types of travellers to experience Machu Picchu," she said in a press release.

For the last 100 years, archaeologists have elaborated different theories of why Machu Picchu was built at the top of a mountain, why the citadel was abandoned by the Incas, what was the purpose of building it, who inhabited it or simply who really discovered Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu’s discovery is attributed to American archaeologist Hiram Bingham who shared his findings with the international media and made Machu Picchu an international icon over the years.

With limited information, he concluded that Machu Picchu was Tampu-tocco, the place where Manco Capac - first Inca ruler - was born. He also stated that Machu Picchu was Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Incas during the Spanish Conquest. And finally, he thought that Machu Picchu was a refuge of the Virgins of the Sun – “privileged women” - in an attempt to escape from the Spanish Conquistadors.

More recent findings proved Hiram Bingham wrong, indicating that Machu Picchu was built at the end of the reign of Pachacutek, the last Inca Emperor before the Spanish conquest.

Other theories state that the purpose of this captivating place was a royal retreat where the Incas could also enjoy the good weather, a naturally defensive location, and a religious place which might have been part of its day to day life.

"No matter how much you know, how many theories there are about its origins ... the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, is and always will be a breath-taking life time experience” continued Arce.

Come and celebrate Machu Picchu’s 100 year anniversary and save 10% on a three or four day tours of one of the true wonders of the world.

Source: Andina [April 09, 2011]

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