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Reading List: Peru

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It’s time for a reading list! We haven’t had one of those in a while, but let’s take a look this week at Books to Read before you travel to Peru!

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Lost City of the Incas, The Story of Machu Picchu and its Builders, by Hiram Bingham. 

This classic account is a gripping story of exploration, archaeology and natural history — and still an outstanding overview of the site itself. With original expedition photographs. Originally published in 1952, the book is still an excellent account, not only of the expedition but also of the site itself.


Death in the Andes, by Mario Vargas Llosa. 

The first man of the Peruvian literature, Mario Vargas Llosa wrote dozens of stories set in Peru. In his novels, he comments on the difficult Peruvian reality, complicated history and the country’s quirks. Death in the Andes is a gripping page-turner that brings the readers back to the times the 1980s. 

The Heights of Macchu Picchu, by Pablo Neruda. 

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda composed this long-form poem after visiting the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. With complex, evocative imagery and a strong sense of spirituality throughout, this is one of Neruda’s best and most well-known poems.

The Incas, People of the Sun, by Carmen Bernard.

This jewel of a book features hundreds of archival drawings and photographs, a chronology and long excerpts from the journals of early explorers. It’s a guide to the ancient monuments, daily life of the Incas, and history of exploration.


Turn Right at Machu Picchu, by Mark Adams. 

You can’t find any list on Peru-related reading without several stories about Machu Picchu and the Inca heritage. Turn Right at Machu Picchu is one of the more popular books. Mark Adams did a remarkable job, first researching thoroughly the Inca history, and then tracing the steps of Hiram Bingham, the legendary discoverer of Machu Picchu.

Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru, by Tahir Shah. 

Obsessed with a Spanish monk’s report of Incas who could “fly like birds,” Tahir Shah set out on a journey across Peru in search of these titular “birdmen.” The result of his quest is this wonderfully weird travelogue, tracing his journey through jungle, mountain and desert. This book is perfect for travelers with an appreciation for mysticism and the surreal.

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Reading List: Namibia

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Following the theme of the month, we return to Africa, where Christina, founder of Willamette Intl Travel, and her honorable husband are escorting a group of travelers across the Namibian Desert.

If you didn’t catch our previous post on Namibia, check it out here. More good African reading here.

Our Reading List: Namibia

National Art Gallery of Namibia, Art in Namibia: National Art Gallery of Namibia.

319M2DD914L._UY250_Joseph Diescho, Born of the Sun: a Namibian Novel and Troubled Waters. One of the country’s few native born novelists.

Paul Theroux, The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari. Theroux’s challenging travelogue from Cape of Good Hope to Namibia and Angola.

Colin Leys and Susan Brown, Histories of Namibia: Living Though the Liberation Struggle.

Lynne Tinley, Drawn from the Plains: Life in the Wilds of Namibia and Mocambique. Two ecologists explore and survive life in Namibia.

Ed O’Loughlin, Not Untrue and Not Unkind. An emotional account of journalists that the author met in Africa.

Peter Orner. The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. A spectacular book about a boarding school in rural Namibia.


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