Rediscovering Machu Picchu

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mark Adams describes the discovery of Machu Picchu and his own investigation into allegations that the Yale professor who discovered the ruins, Hiram Bingham III, was not the hero he’s made out to be. Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time retraces Adams’s journey to Machu Picchu, with a crusty, antisocial Australian survivalist and several Quechua-speaking, coca-chewing mule tenders as his guides. The book will be released June 30.

Comments [2]

Mark from NJ

Bravo, Hodgman! -- Encore!!

Jun. 20 2011 02:10 PM

"A gentlemanly adventure" — a perfect summation of so much of the "exploration" of that time! North Pole, South Pole, the Amazon, New Guinea. . . .

What was it about being a man of privilege that prompted people to head off on these adventures? Can anybody imagine people of comparable privilege taking such risks today? Ernest Shackleton, Percy Harrison Fawcett (Lost City of Z), and others took real risks. Their contemporary counterparts pay millions and hire dozens of aides to make sure their "risky adventures" don't risk anything -- but make great reality television.

Jun. 20 2011 12:52 PM

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