Turn Right at Machu Picchu

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  • About the Book:

    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?

    About Renee Lewis: 

    Hey there, I'm Renée Lewis. I teach 3rd grade in Tahoe City, CA. I've always been drawn to kids, and I'm lucky enough to be able to inspire and educate them in the classroom. They bring incredible joy to my day to day life. I grew up in Vermont and now enjoy all the things Tahoe offers including hiking, biking, skiing, and camping. When I’m not home, I visit the Spanish speaking world as frequently as possible, rejuvenating my soul each time I go. I'm fascinated by cultures beyond my own and find great fulfillment in seeking new experiences in foreign lands.

    Why Renee Chose This Book: 

    If you’ve ever been/are interested in visiting Machu Picchu or the majestic sacred Valley, then this book will speak to you. Author Mark Adams retraces the path that Hiram Bingham III took on July 24, 1911 when he was led by an 11 year old Quechan speaking boy to the “discovery” of the epic ruins of Machu Picchu. Adams uses personal connections to recreate a trip that reaches entirely beyond his comfort zone, while providing a comical and fascinating portrayal through the remote lands that surround the Inca Trail. Hopefully this book will captivate you enough to want to explore the incredible history and landscapes of the Lost City for yourself.