Recommended Read: Turn Right at Machu Picchu
May 17, 2013
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams may not be the newest adventure book out there (it was published in 2011), but we think it’s worth picking up…especially if going to Machu Picchu is on your must-do list. Read our review below.
Despite having worked as an editor at several adventure travel magazines, author Mark Adams hadn’t slept in a tent since 1978 and didn’t have any real outdoor experience at all. That’s when he decided it was time for him to take an adventure. And what he chose to do was no minor undertaking.
Adams had come across the name of the infamous explorer Hiram Bingham III, who in 1911 had been in Peru searching for the Lost City of the Incas when he instead landed upon the spectacular site that is Machu Picchu. As the 100th Anniversary of that discovery neared, Adams became intrigued with Bingham, his adventures and all the questions that still float out there today about Machu Picchu’s mysterious past.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu jumps back and forth in time, from past to present and back again as Adams follows Bingham’s journey (on foot!), tries to get to the bottom of the controversy surrounding Bingham’s explorations, and seeks to unravel some of the mystery and theories behind Machu Picchu.
Adams takes the reader on a journey through Peru, up mountains, through jungles, and across valleys to rediscover various Inca sites, and ultimately, Machu Picchu. We’re brought along on his brutal and oftentimes amusing trek, and offered a detailed glimpse into the fascinating history of Peru.