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Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time | Mark Adams
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What happens when an adventure travel expert-who's never actually done anything adventurous-tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu? July 24, 1911, was a day for the history books. For on that rainy morning, the young Yale professor Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and encountered an ancient city in the clouds: the now famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Nearly a century later, news reports have recast the hero explorer as a villain who smuggled out priceless artifacts and stole credit for finding one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. Mark Adams has spent his career editing adventure and travel magazines, so his plan to investigate the allegations against Bingham by retracing the explorer's perilous path to Machu Picchu isn't completely far- fetched, even if it does require him to sleep in a tent for the first time. With a crusty, antisocial Australian survivalist and several Quechua-speaking, coca-chewing mule tenders as his guides, Adams takes readers through some of the most gorgeous and historic landscapes in Peru, from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to the enigmatic ruins of Vitcos and Vilcabamba. Along the way he finds a still-undiscovered country populated with brilliant and eccentric characters, as well as an answer to the question that has nagged scientists since Hiram Bingham's time: Just what was Machu Picchu? Watch a Video
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Emparr
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First book of 2019! More excited than ever to venture to Peru later this year!

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Dolly
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It appears this is library book sale weekend in Western Mass! Fill a bag for $20, hernia not included. Friends of the Library in my town have first pick - I‘m friendly. Some of these are books on my TBR others are authors I‘ve been meaning to try. Another sale in the next town over tomorrow and then a HUGE yarn sale at Webs in Northampton, MA. Anyone need lodging?

Dolly When I typed in the tagged book I searched for Turn Left At Machu Picchu, I would‘ve gotten lost in the jungle😂 (edited) 2y
LiteraryinLititz These look amazing! 2y
AmyG Owen Meany ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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mabell Close enough, right? 😂😂 2y
Dolly @LiteraryinLititz I know, right. I actually squealed when I saw the Andy Weir book. @AmyG sooo many have this as their favorite book I just have to read it. @mabell Remind me not to go hiking with you 😬 🤣 2y
mabell @Dolly Don't worry, I'll put it in Apple Maps 😂 2y
auntie_jenn we are neighbors! i‘m in south hadley ☺️ 2y
Dolly @auntie_jenn Well will you be hitting the book sales tomorrow in Easthampton and Southampton? 2y
auntie_jenn i just may! 2y
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Readerann
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The stack on the left is adopted library books, the others were acquired on my travels. Is it weird that my favorite tourist attractions are the independent bookstores? 😁😍📚 #usedbooksale #collectedworkssantafe #kramerbooksdc

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Not at all!💙👍 2y
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TorieStorieS
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Of the three books that I‘ve read so far for #ReadAroundTheWorld this one is by far my favorite! It‘s a great read- entertaining, totally engaging and also informative about both #Peru and the history of the “discovery” of Machu Picchu! I really loved it!! And the audio version was great too for #AudioColoring! @JenP

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readtheworld
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Finished two nonfiction books this week -- a travel memoir about Peru and a collection of essays by the incomparable Sarah Vowell.

I'm hoping to get a lot of reading in this weekend; I'm dying to finish The Heart's Invisible Furies!
#weekendreads #fridayreads

keithmalek I've read The Partly Cloudy Patriot twice throughout the years, and still can't bring myself to release it from my collection. 2y
readtheworld @keithmalek It's so good! I have Lafayette and the Somewhat United States on audiobook on hold at the library and am dying to start it. 2y
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Michelle_2187
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Read this book after we hiked the Inca trail (photo of us at machu picchu) it was great re-living the trip and knowing exactly the places he was talking about and reminiscing the hike. I really enjoyed the book, the author is really engaging making it an easy read even tho it's non-fiction (Not something I'd usually pick up). I would really recommend this book, and hiking the Inca trail!!! #travel #explore #adventure #non-fiction

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LauraBrook
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After sleeping for an hour my body woke me up and was all like "hey, let's be more awake after midnight than during the day!" So here I sit watching one of my favorite shows and nearing the end of this book about Machu Picchu. Sigh.
#litsomnia

LeahBergen This books sounds good! 3y
LauraBrook @LeahBergen It really is! I like that it's set up to both follow the author (a journalist) on his Peruvian travels in the MP area, but also Hiram Bingham's work and travels that fold into the narrative, and what locals think and feel about the whole thing. Super interesting! After I finish this, I'm going to pick my friends brain - she's been there at least three times! I think you'll like this book! 3y
Megabooks Same here! 3y
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LauraBrook @Booksandcooks Hi, insomnia pal! 👋🏼 3y
LeahBergen One of my friends was there last summer and it sounded amazing! I'll see if she's read this. 👍🏼 3y
readinginthedark 😆My five-year-old son had started watching this when my husband's not around. But it's funny and not too inappropriate, so I let it go. 3y
Sue I hate it when that happens. 3y
LauraBrook @LeahBergen Yes, please check with her, I'm sure she'd like it! I've always wanted to go there, and I want to go more than ever now. @readinginthedark It's really funny, and I'm sure the inappropriate parts go right over his head. My mom loves this show too! @Sue It stinks. Hope you aren't in the same boat tonight! 3y
Sue @LauraBrook I had a rotten night last night so I hope tonight will be better. I hope you get some rest soon! 3y
Reviewsbylola This was my four year old at 3am. 😩 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled When this happens to me, Im like Tina lying in bed going "uhhhhhhhhh" 3y
LauraBrook @Sue Thanks - ended up with about 6 hours. Hope you got some decent sleep, or that at least tonight will be a good one for you! @Reviewsbylola Ack, I'm so sorry! Don't you wish you could explain to kids about how great sleep is? Hang in there today. @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Hahahaha!!! I love Tina. Butts.❤️ 3y
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Bookishlie
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I really enjoyed this. I am a sucker for travel books and when you add honest to goodness research about the area.... And that research deals with Inca's and Peru. Well what's not to like! I would say a solid 4 stars.

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Susanita
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A very enjoyable and informative book suitable for armchair travelers as well as real-life adventurers. The author deftly weaves together 3 phases of exploration Machu Picchu and the Inca trail: Spanish conquest, Bingham's discovery, and his own modern-day trip in Bingham's footsteps. He also discusses such diverse topics as Peruvian politics, 80's music, the Quechua language, and the virtue of a good pair of socks. Like Bryson but less cranky!

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JSW
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Easy read; part travel memoir, part history of Hiram Binghams travels to Peru. Wry humor, good descriptions of the locations, and interesting factoids throughout.

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JSW
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My Sunday goals: finish the top two and start the third. Drink lots of tea in my amazing swears mug from @musemonthly. Listen to jazz CDs because I'm old school like dat. You?

BookishFeminist That mug 👌🏼 4y
JSW @BookishFeminist IKR?! you can order via Muse Monthly. I ❤️ @musemonthly 4y
musemonthly Yaaasssss 4y
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