Last night there was an interview with Mark Adams over his book "Turn Right at Machu Picchu," which is a story of the discovery of Machu Picchu. This ancient Incan capital of the nation of Cusco has gone through an amazing history in and of itself, and is today a favorite among pilgrims.
This from the historybookclub.com:
On July 24, 1911, 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 explorer as a villain who smuggled out priceless artifacts and stole credit for finding one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites.
In Turn Right at Machu Picchu, adventure and travel magazine editor Mark Adams recounts his attempts to investigate the allegations against Bingham by retracing the explorer’s perilous path to Machu Picchu. Given Adams’ career, it isn’t an entirely far-fetched notion, even if it does require him to sleep in a tent for the first time. With a crusty Australian survivalist and Quechua-speaking, coca-chewing mule tenders as his guides, Adams takes us 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?
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