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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)

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

  • 2012
  • 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, $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)

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)

Lonely Planet Peru

Lonely Planet Peru


by Sara Benson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 564 PAGES

An excellent practical guide to Peru geared for independent travelers. (PRU13, $25.99)

Mountaineering, The Freedom of the Hills

Mountaineering, The Freedom of the Hills


by The Mountaineers

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 592 PAGES

It's all here in this 50th anniversary edition of the essential mountaineering handbook, covering everything from choosing equipment and tying knots to basic rappelling techniques and planning an expedition. With more than half-a-million copies sold, this is the all-time bestselling mountaineering and climbing title. (GEN267, $39.95)

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)

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 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 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

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)

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)

Cloud Road

Cloud Road


by John Harrison

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A captivating account of a 1,500-mile journey along the Andes from Ecuador to Peru. Mostly on foot, either alone or with his girlfriend Elaine, sometimes by bus and, partly in the company of the obstreperous donkey Dapple, Harrison weaves a tale of the people he meets with history and lore. (SAM154, $14.95)

Death in the Andes

Death in the Andes


by Mario Vargas Llosa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 278 PAGES

This politically charged novel details what happens when three peasants are "disappeared" by the Shining Path. (AND27, $16.00)

The Lost City


by Henry Shukman

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An enthralling adventure story set in the Peruvian hinterlands, this novel follows a British ex-pat in search of the ruins of a long-hidden, ancient empire. (PRU93, $15.95)

Yawar Fiesta

Yawar Fiesta


by Jose Maria Arguedas

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

A poetic novel of class and race relations in the Peruvian Andes in the first half of the 20th century. Arguedas, who learned Quechua from household servants as a child, was an impassioned advocate of cultural autonomy for indigenous peoples. (PRU42, $15.50)

Through the Eyes of the Condor, An Aerial Vision of Latin America

Through the Eyes of the Condor, An Aerial Vision of Latin America


by Robert B. Haas

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 232 PAGES

This collection of stunning, oversized photographs, taken from above, shows the jungles and favellas, the reefs and ruins, wildlife and diverse landscapes of Latin America. (SAM122, $50.00)

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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