Suggested Reading List
Author: Michael Jacobs
Description: Jacobs journeys 4,300 miles from Venezuela to Tierra del Fuego in the footsteps Simon Bolivar, Charles Darwin and other explorers, exploring the striking landscape and diverse cultures of South America.
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.
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.
Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America
Author: Eric Simons
Description: Simons captures the exuberance and wide-eyed wonder of Darwin's adventures in South America in this refreshingly irreverent account.
Desert Memories, Journeys Through the Chilean North
Author: Ariel Dorfman
Description: A quest for national history, personal memories, and family origins in the Atacama by the noted playwright, novelist and essayist. The legacy of mining, Pinochet, and the author's own history are woven into this meditative account.
Insight Guide South America
Author: Insight Guides
Description: This profusely illustrated, comprehensive guide features hundreds of color photographs, excellent maps and insightful essays on history, art, architecture and attractions.
Latin America in Colonial Times
Author: Matthew Restall
Description: This scholarly primer considers the history of the continent from the arrival of the first Conquistadors in the 16th century to the dying embers of empire 300 years later, giving equal weight to the histories of the colonial rulers, the African slaves brought over to work in the New World and the indigenous groups whose lives and lands were forever changed by conquest.
Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830
Author: Robert Harvey
Description: Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence.
Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook
Author: Lonely Planet Publications
Description: A handy Spanish phrasebook, with a short two-way dictionary.
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.
South America, The Andes Map
Description: The full range of the Andes and the Pacific coast of South America.
The Conquistadors, A Very Short Introduction
Author: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Matthew Restall
Description: This provocative book by two leading historians explores who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.
The Far Side of the World
Author: Patrick O'Brian
Description: O'Brian takes readers on an adventure around Cape Horn in this enthralling Aubrey and Maturin tale, featuring evocative descriptions of the wildlife of Patagonia and Galapagos and a vivid portrait of Nelson's British Navy.
The Old Patagonian Express
Author: Paul Theroux
Description: Combining history, anecdote and acutely observed detail on people and place, Theroux begins his journey on a Boston subway car and works his way south via rail, plane and truck to the Patagonian railroad in this enthralling narrative.
The Penguin History of Latin America
Author: Edwin Williamson
Description: Beginning with the Spanish conquest, this brisk history covers questions of empire, colonialism and nationalism through the 1980s.
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.
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
Author: Mark Carwardine
Description: In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.