Last year, Bill Bryson's adventures in hiking the Appalachian Trail led to one of the more amusing and enjoyed meetups in recent memory. In the same vein, I found another "memoir" of a writer turned hiker, this time in South America. As I want to read this book myself before hiking the Inca Trail in July, and since it fits in so well with our theme, I hope you all will enjoy June's book, Turn Right at Machu Picchu.
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?