Suggested Reading List
A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Peru
Author: Clive Byers
Description: A handy shirt pocket guide.
Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca
Author: Rebecca Stone-Miller
Description: 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.
Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Author: Andy Swash, Robert Stills
Description: This strikingly compact, comprehensive field guide features 500 color photographs, distribution maps and information on status, habitat and behavior.
Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
Author: Peter Matthiessen
Description: Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego.
Conquest of the Incas
Author: John Hemming
Description: This classic prize-winning history of the Inca struggle against the Spanish invasion weaves wide-ranging, scholarly material in to a gripping narrative.
Author: Edward J. Larson
Description: A vivid history of the Galapagos and the role of the islands as a crucible of evolutionary ideas, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Along with Darwin, it covers the discovery of the islands, the visits of Hancock and Beebe, the influence of the United States during WWII and the establishment of the national park.
Galapagos Islands Map
Description: This full-color map of the Galapagos at a scale of 1:420,000, printed on water and tear-resistant paper, shows in detail major features, topography and visitor sites. With a large city plan of Quito on the reverse and an inset of Guayaquil.
Author: Pocket Naturalist
Description: This fold-up, laminated card guide, with color drawings, will appeal to the whole family.
Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide
Author: David Horwell, Pete Oxford
Description: With chapters on visitor sites, history, conservation and habitats, this compact photographic guide introduces birds, reptiles, marine and other life of the archipelago.
Galapagos, A Natural History
Author: Michael Jackson
Description: This comprehensive guide to the natural history of the Galapagos is practically mandatory reading, the single best introduction to the geology and climate, habitats, plants, birds, animals, ecology and evolution.
Galapagos, A Natural History
Author: J.C. Kricher
Description: A lively, compact natural history of the islands and their role in evolutionary thought. It's a wide-ranging overview that features chapters on human history, geology, setting, Darwin, tortoises, reptiles, birds, and sea creatures.
Galapagos, A Novel
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Description: In this madcap classic Vonnegut looks back from a future where the human race has been wiped out - all except for a small group stranded in the Galapagos on the Nature Cruise of the Century.
Galapagos, Exploring Darwin's Tapestry
Author: John Hess
Description: Professor Hess pulls off the rare trick of being both scientifically accurate and inviting in this illustrated coffee-table primer on Galapagos, its geology, evolution and magnificent wildlife.
Galapagos, Islands Born of Fire
Author: Tui De Roy
Description: Author, naturalist, photographer and friend Tui de Roy's original stunning celebration of the landscapes, wildlife and habitats of the archipelago, out in a 10th anniversary edition.
Galapagos, World's End
Author: William Beebe
Description: This wry, wonderfully evocative account of a 1924 scientific expedition includes an excellent chapter on the human history of the Galapagos.
Inca Trail: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Map
Author: Lima 2000
Description: This fact-filed 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.
Insight Guide Peru
Author: Insight Guides
Description: Panoramic in scope, this illustrated overview brings Peru to life in hundreds of color photographs and vivid essays by a team of experts writing on history, archaeology and culture.
Lost City of the Incas
Author: Hiram Bingham
Description: 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. Hugh Thomson (A Sacred Landscape, The Search for Ancient Peru) provides the introduction to this Centenary Edition.
Machu Picchu, Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
Author: Richard L. Burger (Editor), Lucy C. Salazar (Editor)
Description: Burger and Salazar vividly evoke the art, architecture, culture and society of Machu Picchu in this illustrated, up-to-date survey. With Hiram Bingham's original report, archival and modern photographs -- and excellent chapters on recent archaeology at the site.
Author: Barry Walker
Description: 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.
Author: Mike Torrey
Description: Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs, taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice.
The Beak of the Finch
Author: Jonathan Weiner
Description: This Pulitzer Prize-winning work is an accessible look at the modern debate on the mode and rhythm of evolution, using the story of Peter and Rosemary Grant and their field work on Daphne Major as an example.
The Heights of Machu Picchu
Author: Pablo Neruda, Nathaniel Tarn (Translator)
Description: Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization inspired this celebrated epic hymn to the Americas by the great Pablo Neruda. Bilingual edition.
The Inca Trail, Cuzco & Machu Picchu
Author: Alexander Stewart
Description: With an excellent overview of culture and history, and chapters on exploring Cuzco, Lima and Machu Picchu.
Author: Carmen Bernard, Paul Bahn (Translator)
Description: Featuring hundreds of 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 Inca.
The Machu Picchu Guidebook
Author: Ruth M. Wright, Alfredo Valencia Zegarra
Description: With maps and site plans, a section 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.
Voyage of the Beagle
Author: Charles Darwin
Description: The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life -- and our way of thinking about the world. First published in 1839, it's still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America.