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

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Publisher Comments:

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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Review:

"Journalist Adams, whose previous Mr. America was an entertaining rediscovery of the life of early 20th-century fitness guru Bernard Macfadden, explores the weird crevasses of American exploration. In this fascinating history/travelogue, Adams looks at the work of Hiram Bingham III, who became a national sensation after he 'discovered' the ancient city of Machu Picchu in July 1911. To celebrate the centennial of Bingham's discovery, Adams attempts to follow Bingham's exact footsteps through the Andes Mountains of Peru, with two clear goals: to figure out 'how Bingham had gotten to Machu Picchu in the first place' and, in the face of recent claims that he had illegally smuggled artifacts out of the country, to understand the broader story of Bingham's 'all-consuming attempt to solve the mystery of why such a spectacular granite city had been built in such a spellbinding location.' Adams successfully weaves Bingham's tales — as well as resuscitating Bingham's positive reputation and accomplishments — into his own description of difficult but often amusing travels with his companions, a rugged Australian survivalist and four local mule tenders, which climaxes with an amazing visual moment that happens only once a year at Machu Picchu on the morning of the winter solstice. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From the star of Discovery Channel's Naked and Marooned comes a a riveting, adventurous account of one manand#8217;s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazonand#151;and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.and#160; Fans of Turn Right at Machu Piccu and readers of Jon Krakauer and Bill Bryson and will revel in Ed Stafford's extraordinary prose and lush descriptions.and#160;

In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form. Jaw-dropping from start to finish, Walking the Amazon is the unforgettable and gripping story of an unprecedented adventure.

Walking the Amazon is also available as a Spanish edition entitled Caminado El Amazonas.

Synopsis:

As seen on Discovery Channel and for readers of Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Bill Bryson, Jon Krakauer, and David Grann, a riveting, adventurous account of one manand#8217;s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazonand#151;and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.and#160; Fans of Turn Right at Machu Piccu will revel in Ed Stafford's extraordinary prose and lush descriptions.and#160;

In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form. Jaw-dropping from start to finish, Walking the Amazon is the unforgettable and gripping story of an unprecedented adventure.

Walking the Amazon is also available as a Spanish edition entitled Caminado El Amazonas.and#160;

About the Author

MARK ADAMS is the author of the acclaimed history�Mr. America, which�The Washington Post�named a Best Book of 2009, and the�New York Times bestseller�Turn Right at Machu Picchu.� He writes for many national magazines, including�GQ, Men's Journal, and New York. He lives near New York City with his family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525952244
Subtitle:
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Publisher:
Plume
Author:
Adams, Mark
Author:
Stafford, Ed
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Adventure
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120424
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w photo insert; b/w maps in fr
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.28 x 6.31 x 1.23 in 1.29 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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Product details 352 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525952244 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Journalist Adams, whose previous Mr. America was an entertaining rediscovery of the life of early 20th-century fitness guru Bernard Macfadden, explores the weird crevasses of American exploration. In this fascinating history/travelogue, Adams looks at the work of Hiram Bingham III, who became a national sensation after he 'discovered' the ancient city of Machu Picchu in July 1911. To celebrate the centennial of Bingham's discovery, Adams attempts to follow Bingham's exact footsteps through the Andes Mountains of Peru, with two clear goals: to figure out 'how Bingham had gotten to Machu Picchu in the first place' and, in the face of recent claims that he had illegally smuggled artifacts out of the country, to understand the broader story of Bingham's 'all-consuming attempt to solve the mystery of why such a spectacular granite city had been built in such a spellbinding location.' Adams successfully weaves Bingham's tales — as well as resuscitating Bingham's positive reputation and accomplishments — into his own description of difficult but often amusing travels with his companions, a rugged Australian survivalist and four local mule tenders, which climaxes with an amazing visual moment that happens only once a year at Machu Picchu on the morning of the winter solstice. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the star of Discovery Channel's Naked and Marooned comes a a riveting, adventurous account of one manand#8217;s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazonand#151;and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.and#160; Fans of Turn Right at Machu Piccu and readers of Jon Krakauer and Bill Bryson and will revel in Ed Stafford's extraordinary prose and lush descriptions.and#160;

In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form. Jaw-dropping from start to finish, Walking the Amazon is the unforgettable and gripping story of an unprecedented adventure.

Walking the Amazon is also available as a Spanish edition entitled Caminado El Amazonas.

"Synopsis" by ,
As seen on Discovery Channel and for readers of Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Bill Bryson, Jon Krakauer, and David Grann, a riveting, adventurous account of one manand#8217;s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazonand#151;and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.and#160; Fans of Turn Right at Machu Piccu will revel in Ed Stafford's extraordinary prose and lush descriptions.and#160;

In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form. Jaw-dropping from start to finish, Walking the Amazon is the unforgettable and gripping story of an unprecedented adventure.

Walking the Amazon is also available as a Spanish edition entitled Caminado El Amazonas.and#160;

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