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Hiram Bingham returned to Machu Picchu in 1949 for the Chrysler-sponsored Travelogue documentary series.

A few decades after the 1911 rediscovery of Machu Picchu, the Travelogue series visited the Inca citadel with the National Geographic explorer-turned U.S. senator Hiram Bingham.

"A railroad and highway have improved the situation for tourists," narrates the Belgian traveler Armand Denis, "but even today the last few miles are on foot or horseback over a steep climb."

Watch the video below. (Related video: 1937 Travelogue in Peru.)

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Susan Sarandon and local children (Photo: El País)

Every day, thousands of people pass through Machu Picchu’s gates. Mixed into these crowds have been numerous famous actors, athletes, thinkers and leaders. Here are some of our favorite Machu Picchu celebrity photos.

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Machu Picchu is shrouded with early morning mist. See slide show: Machu Picchu.

By Carsten Korch

Last year my aunt from South Africa turned 80 years old and when I asked her what she wished for her birthday, she said she’d like to see my children. I told her "your wish is granted": Come to Peru.

Six month ago, she sent me an email saying that she had made reservations with KLM and was preparing herself and my uncle, 90 years old, for a trip of their lifetime.

All I had to do was to make sure they’d never forget their trip to Peru, and so I did.

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Next year, Peru celebrates 100 years since Hiram Bingham discovered the forgotten citadel of Machu Picchu. Peru’s chamber of tourism hopes the festivities will kick-start a wave of new interest, after flooded rivers closed Machu Picchu for two months earlier this year. Here, the chamber’s president Carlos Canales talks with El Comercio.  

Next year, Peru celebrates 100 years since Hiram Bingham discovered the forgotten citadel of Machu Picchu.
A different perspective on Machu Picchu. (Photo by Jorge Riveros Cayo)

By Jimena Villavicencio, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Next year Machu Picchu celebrates its hundredth anniversary since its formal discovery. What are the expectations for business?

High expectations, which is why we are already working on Machu Picchu’s re-launch, with strong media content. What we’re looking for is a similar wave of growth of visitors that was generated in 2007, with the announcement of the new seven wonders of the world, which was hurt by problems of nature the beginning of the year.

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Essay and photos by Rodney L. Dodig Picchu train: Stay awake and enjoy the ride
En route to Machu Picchu. If you sleep, you’ll miss out on wonderful vistas. click to enlarge

After the February floods in the region of Cusco and the recent reopening of Machu Picchu, I started thinking about my visit to this beautiful city and the train ride I took to visit Inca citadel. Much has been written about both Cusco and Machu Picchu but I have yet to read much about the trip between these two beautiful areas except for articles on the Inca Trail.

There are three trains that will take you from Cusco to Aguas Calientes: the Backpacker, the Vistadome and the Hiram Bingham. The Hiram Bingham is a luxury train ($588 round trip) with sit down dining and a club car, whereas the Backpacker ($96) and the Vistadome ($142) are more for those on a budget. On my visit to Machu Picchu I took the Backpacker. It is a comfortable train and they do sell food and drinks on the four-plus hour trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

(Note: As of this writing, the train is running between Ollantaytambo and Agua Calientes. See map here. Authorities say the full train service should be ready on June 1.)

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By Debra Bouwer Nomadic Adventures

The Famed Inca Trail in PeruNestled high in the Andes at an altitude of 2350m, and overshadowed by a 300m peak, lies an Old Mountain. For years, the morning mists settled on this ancient site keeping the complex beneath it shrouded in mystery. Overgrown with dense vegetation, it remained hidden from the outside world until 1911, when an archaeologist named Hiram Bingham ‘officially’ discovered the site. “Old Mountain” was home to the ancient Inca Fortress, better known today as Machu Picchu.

Thought to have been built by the Incan ruler, Pachacuti Inca Yapancui, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu overlooks the deep canyon of the Urubamba River, and covers an area of 5 square kilometers. It is part of the larger Machu Picchu Heritage site, spanning an area of  32,600 hectares and is home to numerous archaeological wonders and a myriad of magnificent flora and fauna.

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By Stuart Starrs

Machu Picchu the Nature Reserve in PeruThe platystele oxiglossa at just three centimetres tall with a flower of only two millimetres and the great Tahua Tahua that reaches five metres tall with a flower of eight centimetres are just two of 400 species of orchids growing in the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
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By Ben Jonjak
The Inca Trail is no Place for Soft Journalists
I just read an article about Peru on TimesOnline that I have to respond to. The article was written by an apparently soft travel correspondent called Penny Wark about her experience hiking the Inca trail (the three day option). During her short write-up ("Correspondents: why it’s an uphill struggle to Machu Picchu") she was rude enough to actually print that, "the trek to Machu Picchu is so grim, so joyless, I am baffled as to why nobody has slapped it with a misery warning."
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The Wall Street Journal
Judith H. Dobrzynski

This lost city of the Incas, perched in the Peruvian Andes, continues to take visitors’ breath away.

Peru: Mysterious Machu Picchu It’s July 1911. This morning in the Peruvian Andes had dawned in a chilly drizzle, but now, hours later, it is hot and sticky, and Hiram Bingham is tired. He had crawled across a primitive log bridge spanning a river foaming with rapids. He had struggled up a densely jungled bank, only to reach the base of a precipitous, slippery and snake-ridden slope. Again, he had climbed, finally reaching a clearing where he, his native guide and an armed guard had met a few Indians, who shared their water-filled gourds and sweet potatoes. The ruins Bingham was seeking were "a little further along," he learned — but, given the iffy nature of those reports, he had few expectations.