Much of the wild country of the Eastern Peruvian Andes was still unknown when Hiram Bingham set out to explore the area in the early days of the twentieth century.
In 1911 he discovered the fabulous Inca city that city that was to make him famous: Machu Picchu. Spread out across a high mountain ridge, Machi Picchu had managed to survive the Spanish Conquest without being detected, preserving untouched some of the finest Inca architecture in existence. However, Bingham´s achievement did not end there. In the space of one short season he went on to discover two more los Inca cities: Vitcos, where one of the last Inca Emperors was assassinated, and another settlement buried deep below the cloud-forest in the jungle.