On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham got his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Thought to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, it was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983, and is visited by more than 300,000 people every year.

Though not the first to visit the ruins, Bingham was considered the scientific discoverer who brought Machu Picchu to international attention.


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