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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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Lines in the Water, Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca

Lines in the Water, Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca

by Benjamin Orlove

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

With the author's photographs and reflections on the relationship of the lake-dwelling fishermen to their environment, this is an illuminating personal account of life in the Andean highlands. (BOL18, $31.95)

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)

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)

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)

 
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)

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)

Devil in the Mountain

Devil in the Mountain


by Simon Lamb

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES

This personable memoir of geology and geological field work in the Bolivian Andes is a terrific book, not just for its insights into Bolivia, but also for its contribution to understanding how our planet works. (BOL19, $25.95)

Trail of Feathers, In Search of the Birdmen of Peru

Trail of Feathers, In Search of the Birdmen of Peru


by Tahir Shah

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 273 PAGES

Shah tracks down shamans, visits Machu Picchu, ventures out to Lake Titicaca, tackles the myths of the Nasca lines and takes hallucinogens with the Shuar in the Amazon in this rollicking search for the origins of Inca birdman legends. (PRU49, $14.95)

City of Silver, A Mystery

City of Silver, A Mystery


by Annamaria Alfieri

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Mother Maria Santa Hilda, Abess of the convent of Santa Isabella de los Santos Milagros in Potosi, is at the center of this satisfying, suspenseful tale, richly set in the 17th-century Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. The source of Spanish silver, Potosi was once the largest and wealthiest city in the Americas. (BOL27, $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)

A Neotropical Companion

A Neotropical Companion


by John Kricher | Mark Plotkin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 536 PAGES

From plants and animals to birds and bugs, it's all here in this wonderfully written overview of the ecology, habitats, plants and animals of Central and South America. (GPS11, $39.95)

Chasing Neotropical Birds

Chasing Neotropical Birds


by Vera and Bob Thornton

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

A Neotropical sampler, featuring 116 color photographs of dazzling, rare and charming birds of Central and South America. (SAM76, $34.95)

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon


by Michael Goulding | Ronaldo Barthem | Efrem Ferreira

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 254 PAGES

This beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river includes its major tributaries and 150 full-color maps. Goulding (Floods of Fortune) and Brazilian biologists Barthem and Ferreira provide the accompanying text. (AMZ82, $39.95)

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature


by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)

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)

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