One hundred years ago on July 24, 1911, the American historian Hiram Bingham arrived at the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, an architectural treasure that remained hidden for over four centuries under the lush vegetation of the Urubamba canyon, until the Yale professor unveiled it to the world.
Metropolitan Touring has put together a special group departure that will visit Machu Picchu on the actual anniversary date of this majestic Inca citadel, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its discovery and to celebrate the greatness of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The program includes the most outstanding destinations in Peru—Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and a two-day visit to the majestic Machu Picchu—all with high-end services, stays at leading hotels, return from Machu Picchu on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train, wireless guiding system and a complimentary autographed copy of Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu written by the American writer and researcher Christopher Heaney, who will join and lead this special group departure.
While in Cusco, guests may also have the opportunity to see some of the Machu Picchu archaeological pieces recently returned to Peru, after nearly 100 years of stay in the US.
The first batch of 366 pieces of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu that arrived represent the first of more than 5,000 relics Yale will return to Peru in the next two years under an agreement made in November between the University and the Peruvian government.
The government will celebrate its centenary July 7, when Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by millions of online voters. The precise date of the 100-year anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham, however, is July 24, 2011. Metropolitan Touring’s group will visit the Inca sanctuary on that date.