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


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What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

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?


"Quite funny and unpretentiously well informed....The perfect way to acknowledge the lost city’s 100th birthday." Christian Science Monitor ("Editor's Choice")


"[An] entirely delightful book." Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post


“An engaging, informative guide to all things Inca.” Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Mark Adams is the author of the acclaimed history Mr. America, which The Washington Post named a Best Book of 2009. A writer for many national magazines, including GQ, Outside, and National Geographic, he lives near New York City with his wife and children.

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Curtis Johnson, August 15, 2012 (view all comments by Curtis Johnson)
This is a very enjoyable travelogue/adventure/history type book in which our inept outdoorsman author decides to set out and follow the historical Peruvian trail of Hiram Bingham III. Adams follows Bingham's route that led to the "discovery" of the now world renowned Machu Picchu site. I love how the book alternates chapters to what Bingham did with chapters about the authors experience along the same trail. You certainly feel like you are trekking right along with Adams in this adventure to reach the once hidden city. Anyone interested in this genre should definitely pick this one up!
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Adams, Mark
Plume Books
Essays & Travelogues
Travel Writing-General
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Mass Market
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Grade Level:
from 12
26.75 x 14 x 6.25 in 11.2 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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