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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Central & South America by Private Jet

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Insight Guide South America

Insight Guide South America

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

This profusely illustrated, comprehensive guide features hundreds of color photographs, excellent maps and insightful essays on history, art, architecture and attractions. (SAM24, $24.99)

Forgotten Continent

Forgotten Continent

by Michael Reid

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture, with consideration on its prospects in the face of globalization. (SAM123, $26.00)

Stone Offerings

Stone Offerings

by Mike Torrey

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 143 PAGES

Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice. (AND76, $40.00)

Maya Art and Architecture

Maya Art and Architecture

by Mary Ellen Miller

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Mayan artistic influence. Revised and updated, this new edition includes color illustrations throughout. (MYA20, $20.95)

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness

by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego. (SAM02, $17.00)

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature

by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)

Latin America Map

Latin America Map

by Globetrotter

  • 2012
  • MAP

This handy double-sided map, covering Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America includes street plans of popular cities. (SAM192, $8.95)

 
Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu

Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu


by Wright Water Engineers

  • 2008
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

Ken Wright's foldout color site plan shows the monuments, topography and physical features of the Inca sanctuary with exquisite clarity. (PRU23, $6.95)

Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A handy Spanish phrasebook, with a short two-way dictionary. (SAM127, $8.99)

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History

Buenos Aires, A Cultural History


by Jason Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

An exhilarating, erudite guide to Buenos Aires as it has been portrayed by writers, poets and thinkers, with a street map and detailed neighborhood descriptions. (ARG21, $15.00)

Conquest of the Incas

Conquest of the Incas


by John Hemming

  • HISTORY
  • 1970
  • PAPER
  • 641 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

This classic prize-winning history of the Inca struggle against the Spanish invasion weaves wide-ranging, scholarly material into a gripping narrative. (AND04, $25.00)

Nicaragua, Living in the Shadow of the Eagle

Nicaragua, Living in the Shadow of the Eagle


by Thomas Walker

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The fifth edition of Walker's invaluable portrait of the country, focusing on U.S. influence since the Somoza era and the Sandinista Revolution. (CAM122, $36.95)

Tango: the Dance, the Song, the Story

Tango: the Dance, the Song, the Story


by Simon Collier

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A spirited, illustrated tribute to the tango, the now-elegant dance born in the brothels among the working class of 19th-century Buenos Aires. (ARG14, $29.95)

The Penguin History of Latin America

The Penguin History of Latin America


by Edwin Williamson

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 704 PAGES

Beginning with the Spanish conquest, this brisk history covers questions of empire, colonialism and nationalism through the 1980s. (SAM53, $20.00)

The Peru Reader, History, Culture, Politics

The Peru Reader, History, Culture, Politics


by Orin Starn

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 524 PAGES

Lively and literate, this meaty anthology ranges from historical accounts to modern analysis. (PRU04, $28.95)

Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca

Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca


by Rebecca Stone-Miller

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This authoritative and concise illustrated survey of Andean art and architecture covers not only Machu Picchu and additional Inca monuments, but also Chan Chan, Nasca and other archaeological sites and cultures. (PRU05, $21.95)

Lost City of the Incas

Lost City of the Incas


by Hiram Bingham

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

This first-rate adventure story by the man who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world 100 years ago is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site. (AND05, $12.99)

The Incas

The Incas


by Carmen Bernard

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Featuring archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and chapters on Atahualpa, the Conquistadors and Hiram Bingham, this handy book (previously published as People of the Sun) illuminates the daily life, monuments and history of the Incas. (AND03, $14.95)

Voyage of the Beagle

Voyage of the Beagle


by Charles Darwin

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 468 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America. (GPS02, $12.95)

World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites


by UNESCO Publishing

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 896 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

How many have you visited? This beautifully illustrated compendium, just revised, includes color photographs, a map and succinct description of each of the 981 archaeological sites, monuments, cities or parks inscribed by UNESCO from 1978 to 2013. (CON53, $29.95)

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron

Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron


by Nicholas Fraser

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 222 PAGES

Separating fact from myth, Fraser traces Evita's life from her humble origins to her place as a revered cult figure, also exploring Peronism and Argentine politics of the 1930s and 1940s. (ARG03, $15.95)

In Patagonia

In Patagonia


by Bruce Chatwin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A masterpiece of travel, history and adventure, this award-winning book captures the spirit of the land, history, wildlife and people of Patagonia. There's no travel writer as engaging, insightful and just plain wonderful as Bruce Chatwin. (PAT01, $16.00)

My Invented Country

My Invented Country


by Isabel Allende

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Novelist Allende ruminates on her upbringing in Chile, interweaving memories of South America with her feelings for the United States, where she has lived since the assassination of her uncle, Chilean president Salvador Allende, on September 11, 1973. (CHI52, $13.99)

The Jaguar Smile, A Nicaraguan Journey

The Jaguar Smile, A Nicaraguan Journey


by Salman Rushdie

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Rushdie's account of visit to the country at the height of the Contra war goes underneath the headlines. It's a cultural portrait -- simple, straightforward and "Written with a novelist's eye for irony," wrote the New York Times. (CAM43, $14.00)

The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z


by David Grann

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • NEW

In this riveting, real-life adventure, New Yorker writer and middle-aged Brooklynite Grann sets out into the wild to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century" -- the fate of British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett, who disappeared in the Amazon in 1925. (AMZ117, $16.95)

Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Jill Gibian

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

These choice stories introduce the landscapes and culture of Argentina, from the Andes to the Pampas, through the eyes of its writers. (ARG97, $14.95)

Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Alexis Levitin

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The latest in the excellent series, the diverse stories in this enticing anthology edited by Levitin introduce Brazil and a host of contemporary writers, including greats like Jorge Amado and Machado de Assis as well as newcomers. (BZL83, $14.95)

The Buenos Aires Quintet

The Buenos Aires Quintet


by Manuel Vazquez Montalban

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 377 PAGES

Montalban comments on not just wine, women and song, but also on Argentina's political and cultural history in this riveting detective tale which uses 1970s Buenos Aires and the era's repressive military junta as a backdrop. (ARG48, $14.95)

The Heights of Machu Picchu

The Heights of Machu Picchu


by Pablo Neruda | Nathaniel Tarn

  • LITERATURE
  • 1972
  • PAPER
  • 71 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization inspired this celebrated epic poem, an expansive and introspective hymn to the Americas by the great Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature. Bilingual edition (AND22, $15.00)

Natural Patagonia, Argentina and Chile

Natural Patagonia, Argentina and Chile


by Marcelo D. Beccaceci

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 124 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

An informative photographic journey through the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Patagonia. Featuring 120 color photographs, presented in Spanish and English. (PAT22, $24.95)

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America


by David Rains Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource. (CAM56, $18.95)

A Wildlife Guide to Chile

A Wildlife Guide to Chile


by Sharon Chester

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

Chester's splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica. (CHI77, $19.95)

Birds of Peru

Birds of Peru


by Tom Schulenberg | Dan Stotz | John O'Neill | Dan Lane

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 668 PAGES

Gorgeously illustrated, this authoritative guide covers nearly 20 percent of the world's birds. (PRU55, $45.00)

Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica

Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica


by Martin D. la Pena | Maurice Rumboll

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide. (SAM12, $29.95)

Peru, Birds of the Forest

Peru, Birds of the Forest


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting 100 commonly encountered parrots, motmots, hummingbirds and other forest birds of Peru. We also carry Peru Mammals Guide plastic card. (Item PRU73) (PRU72, $6.95)

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