Photographer's Note

I took these pictures 20 years ago with an ancient camera back when the Shining Path was still in full operation in Peru. For 20 years they were abandoned in a corner of my garage for several reasons. When I showed them to my family and my friends, they don’t understand. One honestly asked me why I wasted my vacation away. But recently when I showed them to my TE friend, Thanh Nguyen, he was very excited and asked me why did I hide these pictures away? For the first time in 20 years I look at these pictures with a different passion! For that, THANK YOU! THANHK YOU and THANK YOU my friend!

The Urubamba River

In 1911, the archeologist Hiram Bingham lead an expedition team from Cuzco to go upstream the Erubamba river with the though that people live along the river and he was bound to find something along.
On July 23 of 1911, Bingham and his party camped by the river at a place called Mandor Pampa, where they aroused the curiosity of Melchor Arteaga, a local farmer who leased the land there. Through Sergeant Carrasco, the policeman who was his guide and interpreter, Bingham learned from Arteaga that there were extensive ruins on top of the ridge opposite the camp, which Arteaga, in his native Quechua, called Machu Picchu, or "old mountain".

According to Bingham, "The morning of July 24th dawned in a cold drizzle. Arteaga shivered and seemed inclined to stay in his hut. I offered to pay him well if he showed me the ruins. He demurred and said it was too hard a climb for such a wet day. But when he found I was willing to pay him a sol, three or four times the ordinary daily wage, he finally agreed to go. When asked just where the ruins were, he pointed straight up to the top of the mountain. No one supposed that they would be particularly interesting, and no one cared to go with me."

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