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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)

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)

Yuraq Janka: Guide to the Peruvian Andes, Cordilleras Blanca and Rosko

Yuraq Janka: Guide to the Peruvian Andes, Cordilleras Blanca and Rosko

by John Ricker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A mountaineering guide to the Cordillera Blanca with route descriptions, color photographs and accompanying 1:100,000 scale maps on two sheets. (PRU44, $12.95)

Cordillera Blanca, Huayhuash

Cordillera Blanca, Huayhuash

by Lima 2000

  • 2003
  • MAP

A traveler's map of the northern Peruvian Andes at a scale of 1:250,000. (PRU54, $10.95)

 
Lima Map

Lima Map


by Lima 2000

  • 2006
  • MAP

A full color, indexed map of the city of Lima. (PRU29, $14.95)

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)

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment


by Stephen Bezruchka

  • REFERENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide. (REF02, $8.95)

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)

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)

Lima, A Cultural History

Lima, A Cultural History


by James Higgins

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 243 PAGES

An erudite guide to the cultural gems and literary history of Peru's capital city. James Higgins, who specializes in Peruvian literature, covers the scope of the city's history from its pre-Columbian museums, to its conquistador heritage, to its dynamic present. (PRU60, $30.00)

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 Discovery and Conquest of Peru

The Discovery and Conquest of Peru


by Pedro de Cieza de Leon

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 501 PAGES

A detailed account of the Spanish occupation of Peru, told by a seasoned Spanish chronicler who interviewed living witnesses years after the events involved. Perhaps the most thorough of the contemporary chronicles told from the point of view of the conquerors. (AND25, $29.95)

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 Monkey's Paw, New Chronicles from Peru

The Monkey's Paw, New Chronicles from Peru


by Robin Kirk

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 215 PAGES

A fascinating, multi-faceted portrait of the nation as shown through the travels and interviews of journalist Robin Kirk in Peru of the 1980s and 1990s. (PRU24, $22.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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