Rediscovering the Lost City of Machu Picchu
by Dani Garduno, age 9
Have you ever heard of the city of Machu Picchu in Peru? Or do you know why it's called “The Lost City?” The reason is because the Spanish never found it during the 1500’s when they conquered the Inca.
According to archaeologists, Machu Picchu was first built around 1450 C.E. At 8,000 feet above sea level, it is located in Southern Peru in the Andes mountain range. When it was first discovered, 1,000 people lived there. It is believed that these inhabitants were nobles, priests and their servants.
The city of Machu Picchu was rediscovered in July, 1911 by an explorer named Hiram Bingham. A young boy named Pablito Alvarez led the explorer to the city. Afterwards, Bingham wrote a book about his adventures called “The Lost City Of The Incas.”
Now you know some facts about Machu Picchu and why it's called “The Lost City.” Many tourists can visit “The Lost City” even today.
[Sources: National Geographic Kids; Ducksters Education]