Peru on Thursday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the scientific discovery of Machu Picchu by American adventurer and archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Historians have dismissed claims that Bingham discovered Machu Picchu. Historians believes that Peruvian got there before Bingham and a German, Augusto R.

Berns, might have looted the site in the late 19th century long before his arrival.

President Alan Garcia travelled Peru to join celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu, which were marked by Andean rituals and live

The number of visitors peaked at 858,000 in 2008 but has now been capped at 1,800 a day on the recommendation of UNESCO - which amounted to 700,000 visitors
in 2010, Fernando Astete, director of the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu told the Telegraph.

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site which is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru.

Archaeologists believes that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472) and is referred as the Lost City of the Incas.

Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas, was elected as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World in July 2007.