November 07, 2003

Inca Lost and Found

Another lost city found in the jungles of Peru. Lost twice actually, because explorer Hiram Bingham, the discoverer of Machu Picchu, described the site in 1912 but was vague about the exact location and it wasn't found again until this year.

Because of the heavy jungle canopy, an airborne infrared camera was used to locate the ruins of Llactapata. Then the expedition used machetes to hack through the jungle to reach it, 9,000 feet up the side of a mountain.

You can see pictures of this stunning region here (there are some great related links at the bottom of the page too), and learn more about the Incas here.

Posted by Ted at November 7, 2003 07:39 AM
Category: History

Really interesting, Ted! Thanks!

Posted by: Susie at November 8, 2003 10:31 AM
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