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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 archaeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except Adams had 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’s 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: what was the purpose of Machu Picchu?
‘Turn Right at Machu Picchu is thoughtful and informative, a wry and genial account rather than the forced jock fest of too many populist, fish-out-of-water narratives.’
‘Frank, funny and informative, Adams delivers the best and worst of travel experiences for the armchair explorer. Verdict: history, adventure and humour in spades.’
‘An engaging and sometimes hilarious book.’
‘[An] entirely delightful book.’
‘A serious (and seriously funny) travelogue, a smart and tightly written history, and an investigative report into perhaps the greatest archaeological discovery in the last century.’
‘Mark Adams crisscrossed the Andes and has returned with a superb and important tale of adventure and archeology.’