Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?
In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
Excellent book, wish it was longer
Read it before you go
This is the book that makes a trip to Machu Picchu worthwhile. It sparked my interest in Peruvian history. The simplest lesson this book can teach: Peru is anything but simple. Excellently written and memorable, objective yet pleasantly opinionated.