Yale Agrees to Return Machu Picchu Artifacts. Source:
Machu Picchu and Yale University
About 5,000 artifacts taken from the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru nearly a century ago.
Yale historian Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, and backed by the National Geographic Society, he returned with large expeditions in 1912 and 1915. Each time, he carted out crates filled with archaeological finds. Yale University is embroiled in an escalating dispute with Peru over the return of treasures from the world-famous Incan site of Machu Picchu that are on display as part of the ivy-league university's permanent collection.
The Lost City of Incas, Machu Picchu is without doubt the most recognizable symbol of Inca Civilization. "The Inca Trail", as it is known now, was the Royal Highway that led pilgrims and officials of the Empire to the Sacred City of the Incas.
What makes the Inca Trail so special is the stunning combination of Inca ruins,
incredible views, the Andes scenery, exotic vegetation and extraordinary
ecological variety. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu
Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds,
waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor.