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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time (edition 2011)

by Mark Adams (Author)

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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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Title:Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Authors:Mark Adams (Author)
Info:Dutton (2011), 353 pages
Collections:Your library, History (on Calibre)
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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

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Of interest to me because I was able to visit Machu Picchu while in the US Army and on TDY to Peru for six months. ( )
  MrDickie | Jan 10, 2022 |
Lots of fun - nice braiding of history of Inca history, adventures of Incan ruin discoverer Bingham, and author's own trek to follow Bingham's path. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
This is an excellent, well-written account that combines history -- of the Incas, of Hiram Bingham, even of the provenance of Indiana Jones! -- with insight into traveling to and around this fascinating site. It is also an interesting first-person narrative of the author's (well-guided) explorations of the area. I definitely recommend this for anyone thinking of making the trip. ( )
  oatleyr | Aug 22, 2020 |
it's great retelling of machu pichu discovery with current days affairs. ( )
  madhukaraphatak | Aug 12, 2020 |
A little gem of a travel book. And the author is also a gem, a rare one - a self-deprecating American.
Tells the story of the author's exploration of Incan Peru, set against the explorations and publications of Hiram Bingham, the man who brought Machu Pichu to the attention of the world.
The whole thing is simply charming. The author is likeable, the characters of the guide and cooks and mule wranglers are generously reported, and the controversies that beset Bingham's legacy are well described but without unnecessary unpleasantness.
If only all travel books could be as enjoyable ( )
  mbmackay | Mar 23, 2020 |
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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?
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"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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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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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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