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The Statues That Walked, Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

The Statues That Walked, Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

by Carl Lipo | Terry Hunt

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 237 PAGES

Drawing on archaeological evidence and their own work, Hunt and Lip challenge Jared Diamond's view of eco-catastrophe in this convincing new history of Rapa Nui. (EIL26, $16.95)

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)

Easter Island, the Essential Guide

Easter Island, the Essential Guide

by Kay Sanger

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 169 PAGES

An archaeologist who has worked on Rapa Nui since the 1980s and past president of the Easter Island Foundation, Sanger covers the history, archaeology, people and practicalities of Easter Island in this authoritative guide. (EIL17, $20.00)

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)

Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map

Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map

by Lima 2000

  • 2009
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

This fact-filled map shows the whole of the Sacred Valley, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, on one side, and, on the reverse, the area surrounding the sanctuary in splendid, topographic detail (1:50,000). It's the best map for those making the trek from kilometer 88 to the site and an excellent choice for those exploring by bus or train. (PRU28, $13.95)

Easter Island Map

Easter Island Map

by ITMB

  • 2006
  • MAP

A colorful topographic map (1:30,000). (EIL06, $10.95)

 
Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu

Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu


by Wright Water Engineers

  • 2008
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

Ken Wright's foldout color site plan shows the monuments, topography and physical features of the Inca sanctuary with exquisite clarity. (PRU23, $6.95)

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)

Peru, Ecuador Map

Peru, Ecuador Map


by Nelles

  • 2005
  • MAP

This sturdy, double-sided travel map at a scale of 1: 2.5 million includes insets of Quito and Lima, Cusco and Lake Titicaca. (AND69, $13.95)

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)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed


by Jared Diamond

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 575 PAGES

Diamond tackles nothing less than the history and fate of civilization in this compelling book in which he offers case studies, present and past, of societies that work and societies that do not, devoting 100 carefully reasoned pages, for example, to the fate of the Norse settlements in Greenland (climatic change, Inuit) and another big section on Easter Island (deforestation, hubris). This revised edition includes a new afterword. (GEN324, $19.00)

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)

Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft

Kon-Tiki, Across the Pacific by Raft


by Thor Heyerdahl | F. H. Lyon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The hugely popular account of a daring 1947 voyage that sailed along the Humboldt and Equatorial currents from Peru to Tahiti. Apart from the sheer adventure, Heyerdahl wanted to show the world that Polynesians could have settled the region. With photographs. (PAC10, $5.99)

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)

The Mystery of Easter Island

The Mystery of Easter Island


by Katherine Routledge

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

Captivating in its period detail, this record of a remarkable 1913 scientific voyage from Southampton to Easter Island includes unforgettable early impressions of the island. (EIL10, $16.95)

Easter Island

Easter Island


by Jennifer Vanderbes

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

In this mesmerizing novel, Vanderbes spins parallel stories of two young women on Easter Island, one an archaeologist with a 1913 expedition and the other an American botanist who visits 60 years later. (EIL13, $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 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)

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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