Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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... show more
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? Watch a Video
Publish date: June 30th 2011
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Pages no: 333
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
Kind of dull, to be honest. I thought that it was going to be about the journey of a guy to Machu Picchu and at the same time, a book where I could gain more knowledge about the place itself. It is not a travel book as I was hoping. I disliked the author's style of writing. About 70% of the book h...
The best thing about this book, besides the cover, is the fact that Adams, paradoxically, manages to demystify Macau Picu while making it an even powerful symbol of mystery and discover. IT’s a wonderful travel log, interspersed with history. Adams has a great since of humor.
Spring break wasn’t much of a spring break; I was sick with the flu. Bed rest was prescribed. Fortunately, that did not preclude my usual spring break fare, reading.Off I went to South America. I set off with contemporary Mark Adams as he attempted to retrace the steps of explorer Hiram Bingham III ...
While I found this interesting, it also dragged a little bit. The parts about Hiram Bingham, old-time explorer (and artifact thief) were perhaps my favorites. I'd certainly love to read a book about Adams' guide John, who is a modern-day Bingham. Lots of fascinating people, not enough photographs. W...