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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)

Footprint Cuzco & the Inca Heartland Handbook

Footprint Cuzco & the Inca Heartland Handbook

by Ben Box | Stephen Frankham

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Comprehensive and up-to-date, this exceptional guide covers Cuzco and surroundings, including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, Tambopata, Manu Park and Lima in detail. (PRU46, $21.95)

Cuzco & Peru South

Cuzco & Peru South

by ITMB

  • 2009
  • MAP

This handy map shows roads, ruins and visitor sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley at 1:110,000 with a map of Peru from north of Lima to Arequipa, Arica, La Paz and the Amazon on the reverse. It includes insets of Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Lima and the Inca Trail. (AND46, $12.95)

 
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)

Peru Map

Peru Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

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, $10.95)

Lonely Planet Quechua Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Quechua Phrasebook


by Serafin M. Coronel-Molina

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 226 PAGES

This shirt-pocket guide is a surprisingly thorough introduction to not just the language but also the customs and culture of the Andes. (PRU36, $8.99)

Peru in Focus

Peru in Focus


by Jane Holligan de Diaz-Limaco

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 95 PAGES

This slim guide focuses on the history of Peru, its cultural heritage and current political, environmental and economic challenges. With maps, photographs and some travel information. (PRU11, $12.95)

The Inca Trail, Cuzco & Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail, Cuzco & Machu Picchu


by Alexander Stewart

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 394 PAGES

An excellent overview of local culture and history, including chapters on exploring Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Lima. Fifth edition. (PRU19, $22.95)

'Tambo, Life in an Andean Village

'Tambo, Life in an Andean Village


by Julia Meyerson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

A field journal, ethnographic in its detail, of an American artist's year among the Quechua peoples in the Peruvian Andes with her anthropologist husband. (PRU38, $30.00)

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)

The Andes

The Andes


by Jason Wilson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 266 PAGES

Starting out in Cuzco, heart of the Inca Empire, Wilson spreads north and south along the Andes, including excerpts from South American literary giants, travelers and his own impressions. (AND74, $24.95)

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)

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)

Woven Stories, Andean Textiles and Rituals

Woven Stories, Andean Textiles and Rituals


by Andrea Heckman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 214 PAGES

An illustrated survey of Quechua textiles, traditions, designs and daily life. (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)

Eight Feet in the Andes

Eight Feet in the Andes


by Dervla Murphy

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

The indomitable Murphy treks 1,300 miles through the Andes (with a mule) on the trail of the conquistadors in this spirited account. (AND07, $15.95)

Touching the Void

Touching the Void


by Joe Simpson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 218 PAGES

The harrowing tale of a climb gone badly wrong and Simpson's near miraculous survival in the Andes. (AND37, $14.99)

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 photogaph and description but, alas, no range map. (PRU75, $15.95)

Peruvian Wildlife

Peruvian Wildlife


by Barry Walker

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Written by resident bird legend Barry Walker and two colleagues, this compact photo guide introduces the habitats, plants, birds and animals of the Central Andes. (PRU71, $26.99)

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