Planning a trip to Peru? Best books about Peru that will make a perfect travel companion. Set in Peru fiction and non-fiction book recommendations.
The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming
A detailed and well-researched account of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire in the sixteenth century. It tells the stories of Francisco Pizarro and his brother; the last ruler of the Inca empire Atahualpa and his descendants as well as the discovery of Machu Picchu. An interesting read for anyone who plan to visit Peru.
The White Rock by Hugh Thomson
A travel memoir by Hugh Thomson, who as a young man in the early 1980’s decided to go to Peru in hopes of finding an Inca ruin, that had been previously discovered but then lost again. Following the footsteps of great explorers, the author combines his personal experiences and the historical facts.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams
A travel editor Mark Adams traces back Hiram Bingham’s 1911 expedition and his controversial discovery of the Incas most sacred city of Machu Picchu. The book follows Adams journey to the famous Inca sites of Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Vitcos, Vilcabamba, Choquequirao, Llactatpata and Machu Picchu. It also covers the history of the Inca Empire and investigates the allegations against the famous explorer.
Trail of Feathers : In Search of the Birdmen of Peru by Tahir
Inspired by Spanish chronicles from the XVI century and recurring theme of flight in Peruvian legends, Tahir Shah travels to Peru in hopes to solve the mystery of the “bird-men of Peru”. The author visits famous Inca sites of Machu Picchu and Cusco, Lake Titicaca, famous Nazca Lines and travels up the Amazon to learn about shamanic magic and head-shrinking practices.
Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries by Kim MacQuarrie
Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution by Peter Andreas
A fascinating memoir of the author’s childhood experiences ‘searching for the revolution’ with his activist mother during the 1970s. Having lost the custody battle, Carol Andreas kidnaps her young son and moves to South America. First they live in Allende’s Chile and then among Shining Path activists in Peru.
The Shaman and Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms by Don Jose Campos
Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa
A powerful novel by a Nobel Price winner Mario Vargas llosa. Set in a remote village of Naccos in the Peruvian Andes, the story follows corporal Lituma and his deputy Thomas investigating three mysterious disappearances thought to be involving the Shining Path guerilla movement. The book is part a detective story, part an allegory of current political and economic problems of Peru.
Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon by Paul Rosolie
A gripping memoir by an American naturalist and conservationist Paul Rosolie about his adventures and wildlife exploration of the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon basin.