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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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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 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)

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)

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)

 
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)

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 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)

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 White Rock, An Exploration of the Inca Heartland

The White Rock, An Exploration of the Inca Heartland


by Hugh Thomson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With chapters on Vilcabamba, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and other sites, Thomson's engaging memoir mixes discovery, colorful personalities, history and archaeology. (AND36, $16.95)

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)

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter


by Mario Vargas Llosa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

The marvelous comic novel of scandal, soap opera and writing set in 1950's Lima. (PRU48, $16.00)

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)

The Heights of Machu Picchu

The Heights of Machu Picchu


by Pablo Neruda | Nathaniel Tarn

  • LITERATURE
  • 1972
  • PAPER
  • 71 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization inspired this celebrated epic poem, an expansive and introspective hymn to the Americas by the great Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature. Bilingual edition (AND22, $15.00)

The Andes, As the Condor Flies

The Andes, As the Condor Flies


by Tui De Roy

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

These 350 stunning photographs take in the full sweep of the Andes, its wildlife and landscapes, from the cloud forests of Ecuador and altiplano to windswept Tierra del Fuego. (SAM79, $35.00)

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 photogaph and description but, alas, no range map. (PRU75, $15.95)

Peru Mammals Guide

Peru Mammals Guide


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting over 60 commonly encountered mammals of Peru. Beautiful and accurate full-color illustrations. (PRU73, $6.95)

Peru, Birds of the Forest

Peru, Birds of the Forest


by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, double-sided laminated card depicting 100 commonly encountered parrots, motmots, hummingbirds and other forest birds of Peru. We also carry Peru Mammals Guide plastic card. (Item PRU73) (PRU72, $6.95)

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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