Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams
What do you get when you take an urban couch potato, a guide who looks like Crocodile Dundee-come-to-life, and a history of crazed, gold hunting adventures? A hilarious tale that will keep the reader entertained for hours, even though prior to starting you might not have imagined pooping in the great outdoors or discovering the secret of two pairs of socks to be the least bit amusing.
Mark Adams is an outstanding story-teller and, honestly, a really good sport for going through the jungles of Peru far, far off the beaten trail. For a man who had never slept in a tent prior to this trek, he was certainly in for a memorable trip. With a slick sense of humor and a hidden spirit of adventure, Adams jumps right in, working to explain what got him to the point of looking like "Mr. Travel Guy" with electrical-taped toes in the middle of an Amazon rainforest.
Going back and forth between present day trek and historical accounts of Hiram Bingham, III and his quest to discover the "lost city" of the Incas, Adams keeps readers spellbound with his tales of lost treasure, nighttime flights, and the never-answered question: just what was Machu Picchu? History buff, world traveler, or wannabe explorer - there's something for everyone in Turn Right.
Disclaimer: Some language and crudity.
Bookworm Rating: Top Shelf