There are few destinations that truly capture the imaginations of travelers from across the globe quite like the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. Travel to Machu Picchu dates back to the 15th century, the ancient site is one of the biggest draws to the South American continent, and travelers looking for an excuse to actually visit the amazing site may have just found the push that they need.

This July will mark 100 years since the site was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham. The city had been known locally since its construction around AD 1450, but had been abandoned since the days of Spanish conquest.

Bingham's venture introduced the Western world to the epic grandeur of Machu Picchu, and travelers have been enamored of the ancient city ever since. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide internet poll.

Visitors will find a wealth of celebrations for the city's centennial, but those expecting to brave the Inca trail and explore the wonders of Machu Picchu should be aware that the trails will be closed to tourists on July 6 and 7.

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