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

Mark Adams
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July 5 2011
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?

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“An engaging, informative guide to all things Inca.”
(-Entertainment Weekly)

“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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 bestseller�Turn Right at Machu Picchu.� He writes for many national magazines, including�GQ, Men's Journal, and New York. He lives near New York City with his family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic journey July 24 2012
If you are interested in Peru, the Incas and Machu Pichu this is a must read. Adams combines a personal travel adventure with the history of the Incas and following in the footsteps of the rediscover of Machu PIchu -Hiram Bingham. Couldn't put it down.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it." -- Ezekiel 36:18 (NKJV)

My only regret about this book is that it didn't come as a full-color documentary video instead. Words are inadequate (no matter how well written) for capturing the scenes from this book. Fortunately, there is a map and there are some photographs . . . or much of the richness of what's contained here would be lost.

Mark Adams is a masterful storyteller who carefully weaves together many types and layers of perspective to provide an overall impression of what Machu Picchu and the surrounding ruins say about humanity . . . then, since then, and now. He also appreciates the humor inherent in human foolishness, and he generously portrays such in ways that let you enjoy the humor as well.

I particularly appreciated the way that Mr. Adams let the full perspective on Hiram Bingham III gradually emerge from Mr. Adams's own reading, experiences, and musings. The result was to make the book into a sort of "whodunit."

Much of the humor is based on wry ironies. Surface and depth may reveal different characteristics.

Perhaps the greatest irony is that those who come to Machu Picchu often overlooks its greatest qualities, the glorification of God's creation, in favor of something of little lasting value such as something to sell.

If you are thinking of going to Machu Picchu, read this book first. You'll probably conduct your visit much differently as a result.

Bravo, Mr. Adams!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift Oct. 15 2013
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My husband loved this book. He want to visit the Machu Picchu soon and he enjoyed very much, learned few things along the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read June 22 2013
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Easy and nice reading. Must to read before going to Peru.
Very informative, gets you prepared and makes you wonder and want to come back
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5.0 out of 5 stars Machu Picchu book by Mark Adams March 25 2013
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I recently returned from a trip to Machu Picchu but I read this book prior to taking my trip. It gave me wonderful background on the place. Although I did not take the 4 day hiking trip on the trail, I did walk on some of the trail up to Machu Picchu, and it was truly awesome. I liked how Mark Adams retraced the steps of Hiram Bingham III (who discovered the place in the early 1900s), including maps of the various trails around the site. I would recommend this book to anyone who is planning to go to Machu Picchu.
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