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

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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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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

Very interesting re-treacing of the Machu Picchu rediscovery in 1911. My only complaint was the lack of maps to help understand how the sites and trails were linked. Read full review

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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

Contents

ONE The Man from
FOUR HOW Met Your Madre
NNE BeWare of FatSuckers
FOURTEEN Kicking and Screaming
SEVENTEEN No Small Plans
TWENTY Hunting for Clues
TWENTYTVVO The More Things Change
TWENTYSEVEN Trouble
THIRTYSIX A Star S Born
FORTYONE Whats the Big Idea?
FORTYFOUR My Dinner With Paolo
FORTYSIX Roxana Beds to Differ
FORTYNINE The Whos Who of Apus
Acknowledgements
Index
About the Author

TWENTYNINE The Plain of Ghosts
THIRTYTHREE Historian Makes History

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About the author (2011)

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†bestsellers Meet Me in Atlantis and†Turn Right at Machu Picchu. A writer for many national magazines, including†GQ,†Men's Journal, and†New York, he lives near New York City with his wife and children.

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