Turn Right at Machu Picchu - Mark Adams

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

By Mark Adams

  • Release Date: 2011-06-30
  • Genre: Essays & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 199 Ratings



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?


  • Makes me want to do the hike myself

    By Rebflys
    I read this book a few years ago. I LOVED it!!!! I have always been fascinated with the Incas and Machu Picchu. This book makes me want to go and experience some of what Mark Adams saw and felt during his rediscovering of Hiram Binghams’s journey. I am hoping to do at least a week or maybe two to really fulfill my dream. Thanks for the inspiration.
  • Read Before Traveling to Machu Picchu

    By Ridesleuth
    I began reding Turn Right at Machu Picchu several weeks before I started my travels to Peru, cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in September 2015. I had the requisite tour books for Peru but "Turn Right" brought a whole new prospective to my travels. By combining the historical route taken by Hiram Bingham in his quest for the Lost City of the Incas with his personal experiences, Adams gave extra meaning to my trip. Instead of just marveling at the scenery on the train from Ollantayambo to Aguas Callientes I looked for the entry into the Cloud Forest Jungle and it was breathtaking. It was as if I was seeing this green jungle as Mark Adams described it. My travels to visit Machu Picchu were made more meaningful by this amazing combination of history and reality.
  • Right Turn at Machu Pichu

    By Rockymacro
    Great read. I wish I'd found this book before I journeyed into Inca country.
  • Read it before you go

    By a601eber
    This is the book that makes a trip to Machu Picchu worthwhile. It sparked my interest in Peruvian history. The simplest lesson this book can teach: Peru is anything but simple. Excellently written and memorable, objective yet pleasantly opinionated.
  • Great book

    By Fadetoblack19
    Excellent book, wish it was longer