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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)

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)

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)

 
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)

1491, New Revelations of Americas Before Columbus

1491, New Revelations of Americas Before Columbus


by Charles C. Mann

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

Mann portrays the successes and failures of the complex societies of the Mississippi River, central Mexico, the Andes and the Amazon in this thought-provoking speculative history of the Americas before the arrival of Europeans. (WLD61, $16.95)

An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru

An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru


by Titu Cusi Yupanqui

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 166 PAGES

The Inca Diego de Castro Titu Cusi Yupanqui's account of the cataclysmic events that took place in the Andes in the 16th century, as told to a Spanish missionary in 1570 and translated by Ralph Bauer, who provides the introduction and annotations. (AND62, $21.95)

Monuments of the Incas

Monuments of the Incas


by John Hemming

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

John Hemming (Conquest of the Incas) brings the story of the Inca up to date in this revised edition of his classic photographic overview, featuring Edward Ranney's exquisitely detailed, large format black-and-white photographs of Inca sites from Ingapirca to Incallacta. (AND73, $45.00)

The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru

The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru


by Nigel Davies

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

An anthropological history of the Moche, Nasca, Chimor and other Peruvian civilizations up to the Incas and the Spanish Conquest. (PRU65, $17.00)

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)

The Moche


by Garth Bawden

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 375 PAGES

A comprehensive, scholarly overview of the ancient Moche civilization of northern coastal Peru. These are the people, known for their architecture, ceramics and metallurgy, who built Sipan in the first centuries A.D. (PRU56, $44.95)

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)

Cloud Road

Cloud Road


by John Harrison

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

Peruvian Traditions

Peruvian Traditions


by Ricardo Palma

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

Palma (1833-1919) sketches the history, traditions and culture of the Incas and colonial Peru in this collection of legends and tales. (PRU79, $24.99)

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 OCTOBER

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

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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