Trailer ã Where Is Machu Picchu? (Where Is?) PDF by ☆ Megan Stine

Trailer ã Where Is Machu Picchu? (Where Is?) PDF by ☆ Megan Stine Megan Stine Has Written Several books For Young Readers, Including Where Is The White House , Who Was Marie Curie , Who Was Ulysses S Grant , Who Is Michelle Obama , And Who Was Sally RideShe Lives In Clinton, Connecticut.
Where Is Machu Picchu Flocks Of Green Parrots Flew Overhead In The Jungle The Air Was Sticky And Damp It Was July 24, 1911 Hiram Bingham And Six Other Explorers Had Been Trekking Through The Jungles Of South America For Days The Thirty Five Year Old Professor From Yale University Was On A Quest He Was Searching For The Place Where An Ancient People Called The Incas Had Once Lived And Then Died Out Four Hundred Years Before Ever Since Childhood, Hiram Had Dreamed Of A Life Of Adventure Now He Was Finally Living It He Was Leading An Expedition That Included A Doctor, A Naturalist, And A Geographer They Were In Peru, Where Hiram Hoped To Discover The Ruins Of The Lost Inca City Of Vilcabamba He Wanted To Become Famous The Beauty Of The Jungle Was Breathtaking Orchids Bloomed Everywhere Snowcapped Mountains Towered Above Hiram And His Fellow Explorers Followed A Path Along A River They Passed Waterfalls And Tree Size Ferns Hiram Later Wrote, I Know Of No Place In The World Which Can Compare With It But After Five Days, Some In The Group Were Tired They Didnt Want To Keep Going The Journey Had Been Hard They Were Riding Mules Through A Jungle That Was Overgrown With Vines And Buzzing With Insects Poisonous Snakes Slithered About They Decided To Stay Behind At The Camp To Wash Their Clothes Or Hunt For Butterflies So On The Sixth Morning Of The Trek, Hiram Set Out With Just One Other Companiona Sergeant From The Peruvian Government They Were Led By A Local Guide Named Melchor Arteaga Melchor Had Said That If They Crossed The River And Climbed Two Thousand Feet Up The Mountain, They Would Find Some Ruinsancient Buildings That Had Fallen Apart Could This Be The Magnificent City Hiram Bingham Was Looking For Hiram Sort Of Doubted It He Had A Rule For Himself Whenever Someone Told Him Fabulous Stories Of Lost Treasure, Hiram Reminded Himself That It Might Be Just A Story Still, He Was Curious He Was Also Determined And Energetic So He Followed Melchor Across A Shaky Bridge Over Rushing Water The Bridge Was Made Of Only A Few Logs Tied With Vines Melchor And The Sergeant Walked Across The Wobbly Bridge, But Hiram Felt Safer Crawling On His Hands And Knees Then He Followed The Guide Up A Steep Trail Forthan An Hour, Part Of The Way On All Fours By The Time They Reached The Ridge Of The Mountain, Hiram And The Sergeant Were Exhausted And All They Saw Were Some Huts And Stone Walls A Few Local People Seemed To Be Living There They Offered Hiram Water And Cooked Sweet Potatoes The View From This Spot Was Magnificent Hiram Could See Down To The River Valley Far Below He Could Also See Up To The Snowy Mountains High Overhead It Was Like Living In The Clouds But Had He Come All This Way For Nothingthan An Incredible View Of Nature No As Soon As He Walked A Little Farther And Rounded A Corner, He Came Upon Something Incredible There Was An Entire City Of Ruins Hiram Had Not Found Vilcabamba Instead, He Had Found Something Much Betterthe Hidden City Of Machu Picchu Say MAT Choo PEE Choo It Was An Inca City That No One In The Outside World Even Knew Existed Chapter 1 Who Were The Incas Many Hundreds Of Years Ago, Long Before The Time Of European Explorers, Native Peoples Lived In Tribes In Both North And South America They Hunted, Fished, Grew Crops, And Sometimes Fought Their Lives Were Simple But In The 1400s, In One Area Of South America, A Tribe Called The Incas Did Muchthan That The King Ruled Over A Vast Empire Its Capital Was A City Called Cuzco There Were Roads And Stone Houses The Incas Created Wonderful Art They Learned How To Work With Metals Like Copper And Bronze, And To Make Gold And Silver Jewelry They Wove Special Fabrics With Fancy Designs For The Royalty They Studied The Sky To Learn About The Sun, Moon, And Stars Although They Didnt Have Written Language, The Incas Kept Records Of Everything They Used A System Of Knots Tied On Strings These Were Called Quipus Say KEE Poos With The Quipus, They Could Keep Track Of How Much Land They Owned They Also Kept Count Of How Many People Lived In The Inca World The Incas Believed That They Were A Special People, Chosen By Their Gods They Worshipped The Sun, And Built Stone Temples For Religious Ceremonies The Temple In Cuzco Was An Incredible Building, Decorated With Real Gold It Was Made Out Of Stones Cut So Perfectly That They Fitted Tightly Together, Without Cement Or Mortar Inside The Temple Was A Golden Statue Of The Sun God, Named Inti He Was Shown As A Boy, With Snakes And Lions Coming Out Of His Body Outside, There Were Life Size Animal Statues Made Of Goldmonkeys, Llamas, Guinea Pigs, Jaguars, Birds, And Butterflies All Gold There Was Even A Garden Filled With Life Size Golden Corn Plants There Were Also Niches Inside The Temples Niches Are Indented Spaces In A Wall That Usually Hold A Statue But The Incas Didnt Put Statues In Niches On Special Occasions, They Put Mummies In Them Instead Whenever An Inca King Died, His Body Was Mummified It Was Treated In A Way That Would Stop It From Rotting The Mummy Was Cared For As If It Were Still Alive People Offered Food To The Mummy They Presented Gifts To The Mummy And Dressed It In The Best Clothing, With Gold And Feathers The Mummy Could Then Be Carried Around, From Place To Place, Wherever The New King Went Servants Were Always Nearby To Keep Flies Away From The Mummy During Ceremonies And Rituals, The Mummies Were Placed In The Temple Niches, A Place Of Honor The Incas Hadnt Always Been A Strong Nation In The Early 1400s, The Tribe Was Small And Weak But Their City Of Cuzco Had Great Weather And Good Soil For Growing Crops It Made Living There Easy A Rival Tribe Called The Chancas Wanted To Live There, Too So The Chancas Began Marching Toward Cuzco, Planning To Attack The Inca King Was Old And Afraid He Ran Away And Hid But His Son Was Smart And Strong He Quickly Made Friends With Other Small Tribes And Put Together An Army They Marched Out To Fight The Chancas Before The Chancas Could Attack Them The Incas Fought A Bloody Battle With Spiked Wooden Clubs They Won By Capturing The Mummy Of The Chanca King The Chancas Thought They Had No Power Without Their Mummy King So They Gave Up Then The Inca Kings Son Became The New King The Young King Chose A New Name For HimselfPachacuti Say Patch A KOO Tee It Meant Earth Shaker Or Someone Who Turns The World Upside Down The New King Had Just Done Thathe Had Turned The World Upside Down By Defeating The Chancas Pretty Soon, He Would Shakeand Shapethe Inca World Even.

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