Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
By Mark Adams
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452297982, 333pp.)
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
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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?