Many people think Disney Plus is just Fairytales, Mickey Mouse and Marvel superheroes. However, the streaming service also contains a great collection of National Geographic content. From incredible natural history shows like ‘Wild Yellowstone' and ‘Kingdom Of The Blue Whale' to historical documentaries like ‘Lost Tomb Of Alexander The Great'. Now viewers can enjoy the latest addition The Lost City Of Machu Picchu.
The Peruvian wonder ‘Machu Picchu' is the stuff of legends. When American archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered the city in 1911, his expedition book and photos gripped the world. Bingham has often been cited as the basis for the Indiana Jones character. His discovery fired the imagination of a generation. Yet, the real archaeological significance of the site has often been overshadowed by myth and superficial analysis.
What I enjoyed about this National Geographic show was the level of detail which is explored. Like me, I'm sure you've seen travel documentaries and YouTubers walking around Machu Picchu. However, I was surprised by how little I knew about the actual site once I started watching this documentary. For example, I believed Machu Picchu was the cluster of buildings on the top of the mountain. Yet, the whole site stretches from the base of the mountain to the summit. Including complexed engineering works undertaken by the Inca to stabilise the entire mountain from the ever-present threat of landslides.
The 45-minute show condenses the historical importance of the site into entertaining bite-sized chunks which are easily digested by the viewer. CGI animations explain how the site was constructed, and narration gives a detailed account of the importance of Machu Picchu to the Inca people.
Overall, this documentary does a great job of entertaining and informing. Although the run time is relatively short, viewers get a detailed understanding of the site. This is precisely the type of show which National Geographic excels at producing – must-watch TV for history fans.