Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas
In 1911, Hiram Bingham and his team studied the slopes of the Andes. He stopped for the night in an Indian family. The little son of the owners was fascinated by the white stranger, and the whole evening did not leave him.
Bingham gave the boy a coin, and didn’t know that will receive a priceless treasure. The boy led scientists to the ruins of the ancient city. Even a quick examination of Bingham was enough to understand that he made a great discovery.
This town never knew poverty. The waters of the Urubamba River was crystally clear, livestock and exceptional skills of the Incas allowed them to grow fruit and vegetables in an amount such they didn’t feel lack of them. Medicine was also at a very high level. It seemed that in this earthly paradise, they can live forever.
But in the mid-16th century, all the inhabitants mysteriously disappeared, taking with them all the jewels. Even in the tomb of the High Priest, was found only the remains of a woman with a syphilis, a little dog, a few pitchers and woolen clothing. And not a single speck of gold!
This enigma is still not solved. In the scientific world, there are many hypotheses to explain the sudden exodus of inhabitants of Machu Picchu.
Now the Peruvian government has limited the number of tourists visiting Machu Picchu to 2500 people a day, the mountain Huayna Picchu – up to 400 people a day. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in Cusco, Aguas Calientes or online. Ticket costs 62 USD for adults 37 USD for students and children from 7 to 17 years.