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As points of view shift from chapter to chapter, the land is the only consistent character.

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As civilizations move in and out of this space, the land seems to mock their ephemeral existences. The jungle seeps into Incan ruins, overwhelming the stonework.

Earthquakes and volcanoes loom as possible threats, ready and willing to overtake whichever people claim the land. So rather than focus only on civilizations, Adams positions the land as a character with these traits.

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And this Peruvian energy has its own personality: omnipresent while distant, provocative while gentle. Like traditional character development, Adams complicates this personality as the book progresses. As civilizations rise and fall, each Peruvian space gains another layer of meaning.

No one can discover a land that was already there, never forgotten.

Thus, Adams challenges a colonialist narrative, which originally drove Hiram Bingham to Peru. At that time, South America held some of the last unmapped land, and Bingham wanted to identify it, name it, and present his findings to the Western world. He reached across the cluttered tabletop for a jam jar.

I couldn't help but notice how different our hands were. His had square-cut nails and looked like they'd spent a lifetime hauling lines on a trawler. Mine looked like I'd just visited the salon for a mani-pedi.


The four pieces formed a Y shape with Machu Picchu at the bottom. You'll need three days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude.

One day to drive to the trailhead for the hike to Choquequirao. Two days' walk to the ruins. It's not very far but it is a bit steep. Incredible views.

We'll have a look around, then continue on to Vitcos—that's about three days of walking. We'll take a good look at the White Rock, a very important religious site that Bingham spent a lot of time trying to figure out.

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Serious country out there, serious Inca trails. You'll need a good sleeping bag because we'll be spending one night near 15, feet.

Might get snowed in. Then we go down to the jungle, quite a ways down, actually, toward the site basin. Maybe three more days to get there, depending on the weather, which can be a little unpredictable.

We get to Espiritu Pampa and walk down the staircase to the lost city. You'll want at least two days there. It's the site Bingham found when he came back to Peru in I was up there a few years ago.

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You can look right across the valley to Machu Picchu. Just incredible. It's like what Machu Picchu used to be like before it was cleaned up—hardly been excavated. Brilliant stuff. Cusco was a magnet for mystics.

You couldn't swing a crystal without hitting someone wearing feathers who called himself a spiritual healer. The big draw, of course, was Machu Picchu itself.

Something about the cloud-swathed ruins in the sky had a dog-whistle effect on the sorts of New Agers who went in for astrological readings, sweat lodges, and Kabbalah bracelets. Travel brochures that arrived in my magazine office always seemed to imply that the stones of Machu Picchu practically glowed with positive energy.

There was no single explanation for why the citadel Bingham had found was sacred ground, but that didn't stop thousands of spiritual pilgrims from flocking to the site each year, hoping to experience a personal harmonic convergence.

So we walk up to Llactapata, come down the far side and we can either take the train to Aguas Calientes"—he looked at me over his notebook—"that's the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Or we can walk along the rails and save the train fare. It all depends on who you ask.

Hardly anyone does it anymore. Maybe less if the weather cooperates. About a hundred miles of walking by my rough calculations. From the sound of what John had described, we'd go north, cut through the mountains, bear left toward the jungle, double back toward Cusco and then turn right at Machu Picchu. I could handle that.South America in the World Cusco was the center for the Spanish colonization and spread of Christianity in the Andean world.

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