Machu Picchu, Peru - Jeff-Kennel
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A view of the Urubamba river as it curves around Huanac (or Wayna) Picchu. Machu Picchu is protected on all sides by steep mountains which helps explain why this temple complex wasn't brought to the world's attention until 1911 when Yale historian and explorer Hiram Bingham 'discovered' the then jungled covered site with the help of local farmers. In 1981 it was made an official 'Historical Sanctuary' in Peru. Debate still continues as to the best way to balance the preservation of the site with the needs of the travel industry.