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Empire of the Incas: Peru & Bolivia

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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 is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site. (AND05, $12.99)

Bolivia in Focus

Bolivia in Focus

by Paul van Lindert | Otto Verkoren

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Essential reading for any traveler to Bolivia, this up-to-date pocket guide introduces the people, politics and culture of the region. (BOL05, $17.00)

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)

Insight Guide Peru

Insight Guide Peru

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Panoramic in scope, this illustrated overview brings Peru to life in color photographs and vivid essays on history, archaeology and culture. (PRU01, $24.99)

Peru Map

Peru Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2014
  • MAP

A detailed laminated relief map of Peru at a scale of 1:1,750,000. This is a very clear, colorful map, which also features detailed insets of Lima and Cuzco and even a site plan of Machu Picchu. (PRU02, $11.95)

 
Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu

Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu


by Wright Water Engineers

  • 2008
  • MAP

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

Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map

Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map


by Lima 2000

  • 2009
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

This fact-filled map shows the whole of the Sacred Valley, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, on one side, and, on the reverse, the area surrounding the sanctuary in splendid, topographic detail (1:50,000). It's the best map for those making the trek from kilometer 88 to the site and an excellent choice for those exploring by bus or train. (PRU28, $13.95)

Culture Smart! Bolivia

Culture Smart! Bolivia


by Keith Richards

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice (BOL26, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Peru

Culture Smart! Peru


by John Forrest

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (PRU64, $9.95)

The Machu Picchu Guidebook

The Machu Picchu Guidebook


by Ruth M. Wright | Alfredo Valencia Zegarra

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

With maps and site plans, a segment on new discoveries, a wildlife section and a fold-out full color painting of the city as it may have looked during a solstice celebration in 1530. (PRU34, $22.95)

A Concise History of Bolivia

A Concise History of Bolivia


by Herbert Klein

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

From prehistory through independence, return of democracy in 1982 and current politics, this is an excellent survey of the Andean nation. (BOL12, $29.99)

A Sacred Landscape, The Search for Ancient Peru

A Sacred Landscape, The Search for Ancient Peru


by Hugh Thomson

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

Hugh Thomson travels all over Peru with his archaeologist pals, visiting Moche, Chavin, Nasca and other ancient sites in this thrilling account of adventure. His tale is bracketed by an account of his discoveries with Gary Ziegler at Llactapata, a newly excavated observatory barely two miles from Machu Picchu and essentially lost since Bingham happened upon the place in 1912. He concludes with wise words by John Hemming, "Anyone can find a ruin in the jungle; but it can take a lifetime to understand what you have found." (PRU76, $16.95)

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)

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)

Lines in the Water, Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca

Lines in the Water, Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca


by Benjamin Orlove

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

With the author's photographs and reflections on the relationship of the lake-dwelling fishermen to their environment, this is an illuminating personal account of life in the Andean highlands. (BOL18, $31.95)

Machu Picchu Revealed

Machu Picchu Revealed


by Ruth M. Wright

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

Wright's handsome little tribute to Machu Picchu includes not only gorgeous color photographs but also a map, color rendering and suggestions for exploring the site. (PRU91, $16.95)

The Last Days of the Incas

The Last Days of the Incas


by Kim MacQuarrie

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 522 PAGES

MacQuarrie tackles the personality, aspirations and greed of Francisco Pizarro in this vivid account of the conquest of a continent. (PRU77, $18.00)

Woven Stories, Andean Textiles and Rituals

Woven Stories, Andean Textiles and Rituals


by Andrea Heckman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 214 PAGES

This illustrated survey focuses on Quechua textiles, traditions, designs and daily life in the Andes, specifically in the high country surrounding Ausangate, 85 miles southeast of Cuzco. (AND43, $45.00)

Ancient Cuzco, Heartland of the Inca

Ancient Cuzco, Heartland of the Inca


by Brian S. Bauer

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

A scholarly overview of the Inca capital, its history and development, by the team leader of the Cuzco Valley Archaeological Project. (PRU57, $35.00)

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)

Machu Picchu, Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas

Machu Picchu, Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas


by Richard L. Burger | Lucy C. Salazar

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Burger and Salazar vividly evoke the art, architecture, culture and society of Machu Picchu in this illustrated, up-to-date survey. With Hiram Bingham's original report, archival and modern photographs and excellent chapters on recent archaeology at the site. (AND35, $30.00)

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)

The Ice Maiden

The Ice Maiden


by Johan Reinhard

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

National Geographic archaeologist Johan Reinhard brings together tales of his own adventures and plenty of Inca history in this account of his discovery of Juanita, a 500-year-old mummy found in the Peruvian Andes. (AND52, $14.95)

The Incas

The Incas


by Adriana von Hagen | Craig Morris

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Morris and von Hagen trace the rise and rule of the Inca with authority in this region-by-region survey, reconstructing the finely built palaces and temples of Cusco and life at lavish royal estates like Chinchero and Machu Picchu. With 150 mostly black-and-white photographs and illustrations, including extensive site plans. (AND83, $26.95)

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Turn Right at Machu Picchu


by Mark Adams

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

Over his head on an arduous guided trek to Choquequirao and other remote sites, Mark Adams mixes entertaining tales of his adventures (he makes himself out to be quite the accidental explorer) with analysis of the rather grand Hiram Bingham in this light-hearted "following-in-the-footsteps-of" account. (PRU118, $16.00)

Andes

Andes


by Michael Jacobs

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Jacobs journeys 4,300 miles from Venezuela to Tierra del Fuego in the footsteps of Simon Bolivar, Charles Darwin and other explorers, describing in vivid detail the landscape and diverse cultures of South America. (AND81, $24.95)

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)

Devil in the Mountain

Devil in the Mountain


by Simon Lamb

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES

This personable memoir of geology and geological field work in the Bolivian Andes is a terrific book, not just for its insights into Bolivia, but also for its contribution to understanding how our planet works. (BOL19, $25.95)

Fire from the Andes, Short Fiction by Women from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru

Fire from the Andes, Short Fiction by Women from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru


by Susan E. Benner

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Mostly personal, many of the contemporary stories revolve around peasants, the urban poor and other marginalized members of the Andes society. (AND17, $29.95)

Incas, The Puma's Shadow

Incas, The Puma's Shadow


by A. B. Daniel

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

The first volume in Daniel's rousing saga of war and romance set in ancient Peru. (AND70, $23.99)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey


by Thornton Wilder

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 154 PAGES

The classic tale of Franciscan missionaries in 18th-century Lima, Peru by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. First published in 1927. (AND08, $14.99)

The Heights of Macchu Picchu

The Heights of Macchu Picchu


by Pablo Neruda

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

An indispensable contribution to 20th-century poetry, Neruda's ode to Machu Picchu celebrates the Incan civilization while abhorring that the ancient estate was built by slave labor. (PRU132, $15.00)

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)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Peru

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Peru


by Clive Byers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This handy shirt pocket guide samples 252 species of common and spectacular birds of Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Manu and other popular destinations. Each gets a large color photograph and description but, alas, no range map. (PRU75, $15.95)

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)

Peru, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Peru, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by David L. Pearson | Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

Featuring 500 illustrations of the birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and insects of the Amazon, Andes and Pacific Coast. (PRU30, $29.95)

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