Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
On Sale: June 22, 2011
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Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction History
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?
2 comments posted.
Re: Turn Right at Machu Picchu
I happened to see "Machu Picchu" while I was looking for something else at this site. Anything concerning Mayans and/or Incas definitely catches my interest. I hope that I'll be able to find this book; it has such a great title--and cover.
(Sigrun Schulz 11:52pm July 26, 2011)
For years Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list; indeed, long before I heard of such a thing. Unfortunately, I don't know if I'm even capable of attempting such a trip since my body doesn't like doing anything the least strenuous. Thus my only way of still experiencing this marvelous site will be by reading this book. But then, I'm used to being an armchair traveler. My motto: If you can't do, read about it. I'm sure I could do a lot worse.
(Sigrun Schulz 3:55am September 4, 2011)
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