Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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... show more
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?
Publish date: April 24th 2012
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...