Synopses & Reviews
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.