I really enjoyed this book especially after being to Machu Picchu myself. Mark Adams' narrative is humorous and informative. He provided personal anecdotes and historical accounts on Hiram Bingham to paint a picture of the marvelous and mysterious Inca culture.
I enjoyed this book. Very interesting as the author explained the Spanish conquest in the 1500's. The author re-traced the steps of Hiram Bingham who re-discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. If you like books about travel and hiking this book might be interesting for you. I finished the book in a couple days of Thanksgiving break. It was an easy book to work through.
WVMLStaffPicks's review is spot on.
I read this about a year after trekking Peru and man, did it really bring me back there, and inspires me to make a return.
A real page-turner & must-read for anyone interested in Macchu Picchu.
Whether you are an armchair traveler or you never take your hiking boots off, this is a fun read. Adams spent years working for various adventure travel magazines but never actually left the office. With the 100 year anniversary of Hiram Bingham’s discovery of Machu Pichu on the horizon, he decided it was time to hit the trail himself. Meeting up with a modern-day Indiana Jones, Adams sets out to follow in the footsteps of Bingham’s travels through Peru. If you enjoy Bill Bryson or you just like a good adventure read, then this is the book for you.
A sublime mix of Peruvian history, Andean culture and adventure travel focusing on Machu Picchu and the surrounding area. Makes the reader want to go to see it in person!
"Travel magazine editor Mark Adams leaves his desk behind for an adventure of his own - even though the last time he slept in a tent was as a kid in 1978... in his backyard. In his determined effort to recreate the 1911 "discovery" of Machu Picchu by now-controversial explorer Hiram Bingham III, Adams spent several weeks hiking through Peru with his experienced expat Australian guide and some local mule tenders. He shares fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes from his trip in this "entirely delightful book" (The Washington Post). For more on Inca history, pick up Kim MacQuarrie's well-reviewed The Last Days of the Incas." August 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=664860
Worth reading before or even after a pilgrimage to Machu Picchu.
Enjoyed historical content about Hiram Bingham, but overall did not care for the writing style of the author.
Found this book to include very interesting information re: Hiram Bingham's travels. Written in a very entertaining style.
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