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Review: Turn Right at Machu Picchu

A New York magazine editor goes all Indiana Jones in the Peruvian Andes

En español  |  On July 24, 1911, a Yale University history lecturer named Hiram Bingham awoke early one morning and, with his Peruvian guide, set out on a punishing climb into the Andes Mountains. Bingham, 35, had grown up scaling the peaks and swimming in the surf of his native Hawaii, then later tramped about the rugged Appalachians of his adopted New England. He was in excellent physical condition, but admitted being daunted by the nearly vertical slope of rock to which his guide led him. The local people called it Machu Picchu — “Old Mountain,” in the Quechuan language. … Back to Article

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