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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Adams Narrator: Andrew Garma Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

In this fascinating travelogue, Mark Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City—but which reputation is justified?

In 1911, Bingham climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. History has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, but 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ebullient…Seamlessly joins three narrative threads…An engaging and sometimes hilarious book.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[An] entirely delightful book.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Adams deftly weaves together Inca history, Bingham’s story and his own less heroic escapade…[A] wry, revealing romp through the Andes.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Adams deftly weaves together two story lines, each peopled with striking characters and astonishing landscapes…Overlaid on this extensively researched and entertaining historical framework is the author’s humorous recounting of his personal and physical transformation during the demanding trek…A funny, erudite retrospection offering more subtle and lasting rewards than the usual package tour.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Washington Post Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslee Jaeger | 2/18/2014

    " Great combination of present day travel and the history of Machu Picchu as it became known to the world 100 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue Lipton | 2/16/2014

    " Wish I could give it 3-1/2 stars. Just the right amount of history (for me) without being dead-boring, this tale of the author's introduction and trips to the Machu Picchu area was so interesting. Too, Adams has this great way of injecting sarcasm and when it's least expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Toni | 2/16/2014

    " I read this book in preparation for my own trip to Machu Picchu. I only had time to read one in-depth account of the site and its surroundings, and I am very glad I chose this one over the several available. Mark Adams perfectly mixes scholarly and entertaining, scientific and sacred. The book moves at a good pace, not dragging in the middle or getting bogged down by details. Plus, I learned a lot about the place I will be visiting: its history from ancient to present, its relationship to other Incan sites and to Incan beliefs, and a little bit about what I can expect on the trek to see it. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in understanding Machu Picchu more completely, whether they plan to visit it or not. It's a very enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sook-Yi | 2/14/2014

    " This book sounded promising. However, I was unable to get into the author's writing style, particularly with him switching back and forth between Hiram Bingham III's journey to Machu Picchu and his own journey of mapping Bingham's steps. For his part of the journey, I don't think he did the place justice as he sort of skipped the finer details. Unlike Cheryl Strayed's "Wild," I didn't feel like I was actually trekking the Inca Trail with the author. It just wasn't a very engaging read. That being said, the book did provide some interesting information about the Inca ruins in Peru. "

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