Recommended by Jeff in Technical Services…
Although he edits travel and adventure magazine for a living and is married to a Peruvian, Mark Adams was more comfortable with hotels and beds rather than tents and sleeping bags and hardly ever traveled outside of Lima while in Peru. But that didn’t stop him from hooking up with one of the best travel guides in South America, a Peruvian mule driver, a cook, a half-dozen mules and a couple of guys to drive them to follow the footsteps of the man who was once known as the discoverer of Machu Picchu, Hiram Bingham.
Besides being a history of Machu Picchu in Inca times and in Hiram Bingham’s time of discovery, this also gives a fascinating view of Peruvian life and culture which includes the concept of Peruvian time which usually means a few hours or days later than expected and exaggerated stories of siphoned fat from murder victims sold to cosmetic companies. These hilarious stories offset the serious history lessons and the grueling trek across the various climate and terrain of Peru to possibly rediscover the lost city of the Incas.