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Chronicle | Lost City of the Incas

Special 'Chronicle' expedition across the Andes and into the Peruvian jungle.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 24 January 1984

DURATION | 59 minutes 18 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1984

Synopsis

After failing to prevent the Spanish conquistadors seizing his city in 1536, the last of the Inca kings led his vanquished people into the jungle, where they apparently vanished. In this edition of 'Chronicle', David Drew and his team cross inhospitable terrain in search of the last refuge of the Incas. Though they follow in the footsteps of explorer Hiram Bingham III, who attempted this quest in 1911, the team reach very different conclusions as to where this lost city might have been located.

Did you know?

Spanish colonists destroyed many of the grandiose monuments of Inca civilisation in the 17th Century. Despite this, when Hiram Bingham reached Machu Picchu in 1911, he found not only examples of huge monuments but also well preserved Inca mummies.

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