Jan 2, 2016

Review: Lost City of the Incas

Lost City of the Incas Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hiram Bingham is an explorer and politician who made public the existence of Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the year 1911. J.J.Nunez a prefect in Cuzco convinced him about Inca ruins. And then Hiram Bingham organized Yale Peruvian Expedition.

The book had a lengthy introduction by Hugh Thomson about the life and exploration of Hiram Bingham III.

I like to quote why the Lost City of Incas is called Machu Picchu.

"The ruins of what we now believe was the lost city of Vilcapampa the Old, perched on top of a narrow ridge lying below the peak of Machu Picchu, are called the ruins of Machu Picchu because when we found them no one knew what else to call them. And that name has been accepted and will continue to be used even though no one now disputes that this was the site of ancient Vilcapampa."

The writing style of Hiram Bingham is worthy to mention, compact writing. After reading this book I wanted to visit the cloud embracing Machu Picchu and feel the life in the mountains.


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