Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 30, 2011 - Travel - 352 pages
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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?  


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Strong, humorous writing style. - Goodreads
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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

What a wonderful book. For the person intending to visit the awe inspiring site, to the armchair traveler, this is the real deal! Ably narrated by Andrew Garman, I wholeheartedly recommend listening ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Choi - Goodreads

Brevity is the soul of wit, so here goes: This is, essentially, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty meets Bill Bryson's a Walk in the Woods, but set in Peru. I picked this book up at the Lima airport, en ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mark Adams's writing has appeared in GQ, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications. He lives near New York City with his wife and their three sons.

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