|Hiram Bingman is the official discoverer of the ruins.|
Even though the natives knew the ruins were there, officially the first white man who saw them couldn't believe what he'd found. The ruins were covered in vines and trees. It took years to clear the stones and start trying to understand what was found.
Because the terrain is so steep, soil was hauled in and placed between rows of stones to create terraced gardens. These gardens fed a population that numbered in the thousands. All of the stones and dirt was hauled in by hand.
During the peak of the Inca civilization thousands lived in this complex at the top of the mountains. The complex included homes, temples, storehouses and layer after layer of gardens. The stones that are the most dressed were used in the temple and the residence of the king.
The king's residence contained a bathroom with running water.
The temple of the sun was the most detailed and beautiful in the complex.
The ruins are so impressive and awesome that it's hard to comprehend how much knowledge was used to build it.
An amphitheater was built with stone that had properties that amplified a voice. Someone speaking in the center of the arena could be heard by everyone.
The Inca thought that the condor was a magnificent bird. One of the stone arrangements resemble the condor.
Lamas still roam the ruins, not afraid of the humans at all.