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Machu Picchu

Photograph By Joel Meinholz

Machu Picchu was founded by the Inca in the 15th century, but the site, which may have been erected as a royal estate, was abandoned after the arrival in Peru of Spanish conquistadors about 100 years later. The area remained lost to non-natives until Hiram Bingham shined light on it through his 1911 expedition.