Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

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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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Title : Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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ISBN : 0525952241
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 333 pages


Librariasaurus rated it ★★★★☆

April 22, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. And now I want to go to Machu Picchu. You can definitely tell this was written by a journalist, but Mark Adams had fun writing this book. As with many adventure travel stories, you can feel yourself going along for every step of the journey. Adam's writing makes you sy...

Rose rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2013

What a fun filled, laugh out loud romp through history as travel writer mark Adams follows the footsteps of the so called discoverer of Machu Picchu. Mark Adams quits his day job, hires some very interesting, characters and sets out to hike to Machu Picchu. His travel guide is an Australian survi...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★☆☆

May 26, 2012

Mark Adams decides to trace the journey of the man who claimed to "discover" Machu Picchu, Hiram Bingham, and takes a very strenuous hike through Peru. This book chronicles that journey, as well as a return trip he took to hike the "Inca Trail." If Adams had only written about his own journey, I'm...

Jean rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2017

The author, Mark Adams, retraces the steps that led Yale Professor, Hiram Bingham, to discover Machu Picchu one hundred years ago, on July 24, 1911. The chapters more or less alternate between Bingham’s and Adams’ expeditions. Adams packs a lot of information into the book. He includes anecdotes,...

AngryGreyCat rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 12, 2013

I read this book for a book club I belong to that is currently following a travel theme. The book follows Mark Adams as he retraces the steps of Bingham, the explorer/adventurer/professor who “discovered” Machu Picchu, on the 100 year anniversary of the discovery. This should have been a great tr...

Erica rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 27, 2015

Why did it take 250 pages for Mark Adams to admit Machu Picchu was never lost? The indigenous peoples of Peru knew of it the entire time. Why did Mark Adams take so long to build up the beauty and importance of the Inca, only to never spend a sentence on the modern day Inca, those who descended fro...

Grace rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2014

Machu Picchu was ON the list, but after reading this book, THE INCA TRAIL is on the list.

Gerry rated it ★★★☆☆

January 09, 2012

For most of my life I have been fascinated with Machu Picchu and have always had a desire to hike to this famous lost city of the Inca's. My daughter who is 33 years younger than me hiked to Machu Picchu a few years ago and the two of us have a competitive history of visiting the most locations....

MaryG2E rated it ★★★★☆

October 20, 2015

I greatly enjoyed this well-written travel adventure by Mark Adams. A New York resident, Adams worked for many years in travel publishing, and his writing style reflects his journalistic skills. Turn Right at Machu Picchu is a warm-hearted, funny and entertaining account of Adams' journeys in a r...

Jeanette rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2015

In Turn Right at Machu Picchu Mark Adams interweaves his own adventure treks to important Inca sites in and around Machu Picchu - under the expert guidance of Australian John Leivers (and, on the Incan Trial, Ephrain Valles) - with Hiram Bingham’s Peruvian expeditions and controversial discovery...

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