Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a TimeTurn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anyone who has been to or is going to Machu Picchu should read this book. It is a well written, humorous journey around many of the most important sites from the Incan Empire following the footsteps of the man credited for it’s “rediscovery”, Hiram Bingham. You won’t get bogged down in science or history, but you may be energized (like me) to learn more. Mr. Adams writing style is similar to Bill Bryson’s and is very accessible. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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View from our hotel in Lima

We’re off to a good start here in Peru. Our flights went well and we arrived at 4:30 in the morning from Miami. Some cool thunderstorms were visible from the plane over Panama and Ecuador (I think).

On arrival, Mom and i went through customs in about three minutes. Funky… You’re assaulted with taxi drivers after that and our guide wasn’t there right away, but it all ended up fine. One lady went through and they forgot to stamp her passport, so she had to go back through. Can you imagine trying to get back into the customs in the US…

As far as differences, the toilets threw me a bit. You can’t put any paper in them, so it all goes in a little trash can… And you can’t drink the water, not even while brushing your teeth. Fun stuff!

In a bit we’re off to some museums and walking around town. Should be interesting.