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The riches of Machu Picchu's neglected neighbor

The riches of Machu Picchu's neglected neighbor
trefwoorden: Peru - Llactapata - religious center
Some forgotten cities in the mountains of Peru, abandoned to overgrown ruin, remained "lost" only because their possible significance was not fully appreciated by earlier explorers.
That happened to a place known as Llactapata.
In 1912, the American explorer Hiram Bingham came upon what he called the remains of some Inca chieftain's castle and a few other buildings. This was part of Llactapata, meaning "high town." But Bingham gave it only a passing glance. He was in a hurry to get to the site, only two miles away, where he would make his name in archaeology: Machu Picchu.

Lees verder bij: New York Times (18 november 2003)