The best Travel Books about Machu Picchu
Are you planning a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu this year? Has Peru been a destination on your bucket list that you’ve just been dying to travel to and now you have finally made the decision to take the plunge and travel to the beautiful South American country? Many thousands of people every year travel to Peru and the one place that all visitors of Peru must see is Machu Picchu. There are many Machu Picchu travel packages to choose from and you will need to do your homework in order to sort through the maze of Peru Machu Picchu tours on offer. Tripadvisor is a great place to start with recommendations from travelers on tours, hotels, tour companies and restaurants, which are very informative.
For any journey to Machu Picchu, it is a great idea to do a bit of reading about the site and its history to really appreciate the significance of the site. Although there have been many great and some not so great books written about the site, the following are a few books that we recommend to learn about the site and before you set off on your Machu Picchu adventure and your Peru Vacation.
Whether you plan to take the train to Machu Picchu or like many, want to experience the thrill of the finishing the legendary Inca Trail, we would like to inspire you to read and take with you some great books to enjoy and learn from.
Guidebooks are always helpful when travelling without an organized tour or if you choose an organized tour as well. Some great companies write up to date books filled with useful information for first time travelers for almost every destination.
The Lonely Planet guides and the recent edition of Peru is really worth buying. The hotel, tour and restaurant suggestions are first class. This guide could be invaluable to your trip to Peru not only offering recommendations but also providing an account of the history of each place you want to see and the best sightseeing areas on Machu Picchu.
In addition, Richard Danbury and Alexander Stewart have written a great book for those who plan to do the Inca trail, called Inca Trail, Cusco to Machu Picchu. The book focuses on some of the trails in and around Cusco and of course the trail to Machu Picchu. The book has detailed maps and site maps of ruins throughout the region.
Some people swear by the Footprints guidebook, not Inca Trail pacific, but a great book to guide you through your journey to Peru. Full of history and interesting places to visit, the Footprints book is a great practical guide on your journey through Peru.
A great book about the discovery of Machu Picchu is The lost City of the Incas by the man who discovered the Inca City, Hiram Bingham. He wrote this classic in 1948, a few decades after his discovery. He stumbled across the lost city while looking for another site thought to be the last stronghold of the Inca. It was only after his death that another one of his discoveries was confirmed as the lost city. A very interesting read for history buffs.
If you want to learn about the history of Machu Picchu and the Spanish conquest of the Incas in Peru, then the Last days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie gives you a narrative history of the Spanish conquest of the Incas. This epic tale of the invasion will give you a more serious account of the history of Machu Picchu.
For a great adventure travel read, try Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adam. This travel adventure and hilarious tale tells and interpretation of the greatest archaeological discovery of the last century. Adam takes you on a journey through the Amazon jungle, hiking, climbing, tenting and exploring the mountain ranges all the way to the infamous Machu Picchu.
If you plan to travel with the kids, a great book for them to read before they go is the Lost City: Discovery of Machu Picchu by Ted Lewin. This picture book traces Hiram Bingham’s trek from Cusco to his discovery of Machu Picchu. This book also includes the boy who led Bingham to the ruins and has a lovely dream like quality about it, with pretty watercolor illustrations by Lewin. This book will excite the children about their journey to Machu Picchu and make them appreciate the trip for years to come.
Take the time to do some reading about your trip to Machu Picchu; having the knowledge about the sites you are planning to visit and the know how of getting to them will be of great value to you and your family. It will also help you decide the best time to go to Machu Picchu. Do your research and visit the best Peruvian tourist attractions. Peru awaits you with open arms and a warm smile for your next vacation, so book your tour today and come and enjoy the delights of Peru and some of the recommended book in this article!
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