Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
by Nivas Ramanathan
The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. Legends & myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in Quechua) was revered as a sacred place. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population & watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city.