A dream of every traveller in Latin America, Machu Picchu has long been a legend; it is the most famous Inca archaeological site in the world, and an icon of Latin American pre-Hispanic culture. Its Quechua name means "old mountain"; it is an ancient citadel, lost for a long time, rediscovered and revealed to the world by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, who wrote a best-seller about it (see paragraph Particularities of Peru). Clinging to isolated peaks, covered with lush vegetation, the landscape contributes to the magical atmosphere of Machu Picchu. Everyone is free to immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of this place, wandering among its terraces. For the more sporty, it is strongly recommended to climb Huayna Picchu (''young mountain''), from where the panoramic view of the site and the surroundings is breathtaking, but remember to book, as its access is limited to 400 people per day.