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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time (edition 2012)

by Mark Adams

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Title:Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Authors:Mark Adams
Info:Plume (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Donated to Degenstein Library Book sale, Your library, books read: total, no longer owned, Read but unowned
Tags:Book, travel, history, Cultural property -- Protection -- Peru -- Machu Picchu Site, Adams; Mark; 1967- -- Travel -- Peru -- Machu Picchu Site, Bingham; Hiram; 1875-1956, Machu Picchu Site (Peru), softcover, Otto's Bookstore

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An interesting recount of the Incan Civilization and Peruvian history from a NYC journalist. Interesting tidbits of history and case study, somewhat lacking in historical discourse, but for what it is (journalist bestseller fodder) its not bad. ( )
  MarchingBandMan | Apr 10, 2017 |
I was given this as a gift; it is probably not a book I would have picked up on my own. Having said that- I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The book has a great blend of history and modernity and the humor that comes when an inexperienced traveler from the city is thrust into the wilds of Peru with a grizzled, no-nonsense guide and four indigenous companions. My inner adventurer thrilled with the author's experiences on the Inca Trail and the way his life became richer for his journey. ( )
  pastorchad | Feb 4, 2017 |
This was another Peru trip preparation book. It was more entertaining than the guidebooks, but it still had some historical and contemporary information that I found useful. The book has two interwoven threads. It tells the story of the author's midlife crisis trip to Peru and his crazy month long trek around the Andes with a too-adventurous Australian and a couple of mules. He gets blisters and bug bites and carries a pack around and learns how to machete. He sees all the Inca ruins that are off the beaten path. And of course there's a great description of Machu Picchu. The story of his trek is broken up by the story of Hiram Bingham, the American adventurer/scholar who was the first to excavate Machu Picchu and other sites. You learn the history of that original exploratory trek as you follow the author on his journey to recreate it. And then you are glad that you live 100 years after that first Hiram Bingham expedition and that you won't have to hike to Machu Picchu and get eaten alive by bugs and plants because you bought a train ticket. This book may have worked better in print rather than an audiobook, since it was sometimes hard to keep the modern-day story and the Bingham stories straight over several listening sessions. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
Very interesting and worth reading, but lacking in the adventure department.. ( )
  Deankut | Sep 26, 2016 |
A must read if you are going to Machu Picchu. Funny and factual. Give you a good sense of the culture of Peru as well as the history and reality of this wonderful site! ( )
  SignoraEdie | Aug 29, 2015 |
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As the man dressed head to toe in khaki turned the corner and began racewalking uphill in my direction, I had to wonder: had we met before?
"I know it's a lot to take in," John said. "Any questions so far?"

I could only think of one. "Is this harder than the Inca Trail?"

For a split second, John looked like he didn't understand me. "Mark, this trek is a lot harder than the Inca Trail."
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What happens when an adventure travel expert-who's never actually done anything adventurous-tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

July 24, 1911, was a day for the history books. For on that rainy morning, the young Yale professor Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and encountered an ancient city in the clouds: the now famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Nearly a century later, news reports have recast the hero explorer as a villain who smuggled out priceless artifacts and stole credit for finding one of the world's greatest archaeological sites.

Mark Adams has spent his career editing adventure and travel magazines, so his plan to investigate the allegations against Bingham by retracing the explorer's perilous path to Machu Picchu isn't completely far- fetched, even if it does require him to sleep in a tent for the first time. With a crusty, antisocial Australian survivalist and several Quechua-speaking, coca-chewing mule tenders as his guides, Adams takes readers through some of the most gorgeous and historic landscapes in Peru, from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to the enigmatic ruins of Vitcos and Vilcabamba.

Along the way he finds a still-undiscovered country populated with brilliant and eccentric characters, as well as an answer to the question that has nagged scientists since Hiram Bingham's time: Just what was Machu Picchu?
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Traces the author's recreation of Hiram Bingham III's discovery of the ancient citadel Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru, describing his struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.

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