Digging for the Truth: Machu Picchu: Lost City of the Inca

In 1911, Hiram Bingham, famed American explorer, stumbled across a remote Inca city atop a high peak in the Andes.

The site was called Machu Picchu – perhaps the most famous ruin in the world. What was its purpose? Was it, like Bingham believed, a military fortress?

Or did this glorious ruin have a secret purpose? From the mountains of Peru, Josh will follow in the footsteps of Hiram Bingham.

He builds a log bridge across a raging river, examines the stonework at the site, and reviews ancient manuscripts to discover the ‘true’ purpose of Machu Picchu.

The stones here demonstrate the vital element of Inca spirituality. It’s calle sacred geography, a spirit connection not just between the rocks and mountain, but between the stone, these people, and the heavens above.

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  1. Great film, we just visited 2 weeks ago and it was wonderful to be able to relate to the informaion in this film

  2. I thought I would enjoy watching this until I got about 10 minutes in and realized how boring it was due to the narration. It could have been done so much better. I’m sure they have their reasons for picking the host they did, but he just wasn’t doing it for me. I was ready to fall asleep. Needless to say… I don’t think I’ll be finishing this documentary.

  3. 3min 20 secs in approx the quackademic expert says the civilisation that built the walls was  about 100 years old; thats nonsense!

  4. So the locals didn’t have a clue it was there either?? come on. Just because this snob ‘explorer’ comes into the area and ‘finds’ this place, does not make it HIS discovery.

  5. I am fascinated with archaeology and would like to travel to Peru someday to see Machu Picchu. But this film was a huge disapointment. I was expecting a more in-depth documentary revealing artifacts, mummies and concrete clues (food, clothing, household articles, etc.) to the incan lifestyle. But this was simply annoying..and so was the narrator’s voice. So much so, that I found myself hoping for something exciting, like anticipating the narrator slipping and falling into the frigid waters or for the inhabitant of the hut on the helicopter landing site to come out and start firing rounds of ammo at him. But no such luck! If you are five years old, you may find this film interesting. Otherwise, I wouldn’t reccommend that you waste your time on it…it’s laughable that this is categorized as a documentary.

  6. I really enjoyed watching this! I’m from Peru and I love Machu Picchu!!

    • You are really lucky , I so wish I could see Machu Picchu.I really enjoyed this documentary as I have read a few books about the Incas and have been so fascinated by the history of the people.