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Machu Picchu 100 Year Anniversary
July 24th, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu’s rediscovery. Machu Picchu was discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham on July 24th, 1911. Though there has been some debate as to whether Bingham is truly the first to discover Machu Picchu, he introduced the ancient ruins to the world and turned Machu Picchu into Peru’s cultural icon. Almost 100 years after the discovery of Machu Picchu, it has become one of the most famous historical sites in the world and is visited by thousands each day.
Peru’s chamber of tourism hopes the celebration will create a surge of interest from visitors, similar to 2007 when tourism grew as a result of the announcement of the new Seven Wonders of the World, which included Machu Picchu. The economic crisis caused a decrease in tourist to the ancient citadel, along with floods that closed Machu Picchu for 2 months. The anniversary is a great opportunity to create growth within the tourism industry.
The celebration will begin on July 7, the day Machu Picchu was named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, and will last 5 days. The centennial events will also include fairs, a film festival, conferences, the launch of a commemorative postage stamp and an international photography competition. These events, in addition to other activities, will occur in Lima in July. Additionally, a show will take place from the highest point of Machu Picchu and will include a flight of the condor, lights and more.
The Inca Trail Trek offers an incredible journey to Machu Picchu, combining incredible mountain scenery, beautiful forests, and subtropical jungle. The maximum number of Inca Trail permits available per day is 500, including support staff such as cooks, porters, and guides. The calendar below show the number of permits still available in July 2011. If you’re looking for a Peru eco-adventure, Global Basecamps can help! Our exclusive Inca Trail deals include the best English speaking guides, well-paid and well-treated porters, and a chef preparing healthy meals with fresh, local ingredients. We also partner with a nonprofit conservation group to support habitat protection, wildlife monitoring and protection, and sustainable development. For a chance to win a free Inca Trail Trek for 2, enter the Global Basecamps Giveaway!
*These numbers are subject to change without warning.