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