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Exploring Peru: A Family Adventure

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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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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)

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)

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)

Insight Guide Peru

Insight Guide Peru

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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

 
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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The Incas and their Ancestors, The Archaeology of Peru

The Incas and their Ancestors, The Archaeology of Peru


by Michael Moseley

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An outstanding illustrated survey of the archaeology of the Inca, Moche and Nasca civilizations. With hundreds of color illustrations and line drawings, it's an in-depth look at the ancient cultures and history of Peru. A great general introduction. (AND06, $34.95)

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)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey


by Thornton Wilder

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

The classic tale of Franciscan missionaries in 18th-century Peru by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. First published in 1927. (AND08, $12.99)

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)

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 Mammals Guide

Peru Mammals Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting over 60 commonly encountered mammals of Peru. Beautiful and accurate full-color illustrations. (PRU73, $6.95)

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)

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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