Thom Geier
June 22, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Mark Adams
publisher
Dutton Adult
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Yale prof Hiram Bingham III’s ”discovery” of Machu Picchu, the ancient landmark built high in the Peruvian Andes. Was it the lost City of Gold? A royal retreat? A pilgrimage site? Bingham — who apparently inspired the creation of another swashbuckling prof, Indiana Jones — never solved the mystery. Neither does Adams, an armchair traveler-turned-adventurer who hikes the Inca trail and explores difficult-?to-reach sites like Vitcos for clues. In Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Adams (the brother of EW ?assistant managing editor Jason Adams) proves an engaging, ?informative guide to all things Inca, even digging up a second link to Harrison Ford: It seems Greedo — the character Han Solo blasts ? in the cantina scene of Star Wars — speaks Quechua, the native ? Peruvian language. B+

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