The Machu Picchu Guidebook: A Self-Guided Tour: Revised Editionby Ruth M. Wright, Alfredo Valencia Zegarra
Machu Picchu is one of the world's great travel destinations. Built in the mid-fifteenth century by Incan royalty and "re-discovered" by Hiram Bingham in 1911, this awe-inspiring site in the Andes of Peru is the stuff of legends. The Machu Picchu Guidebook has proven to be one of the most successful and acclaimed guidebooks to the popular archaeological treasure. In this comprehensive traveler's guide, the authors offer an almost step-by-step tour of the world-renowned Inca city, keyed to a detailed, full-color foldout map. This fully-updated and revised edition features a new artist's rendition of Machu Picchu, presented as a three-page foldout in glorious color. The painting, which first appeared as a supplement to National Geographic magazine, brings Machu Picchu to life by depicting the royal retreat as it appeared on the June 21st solstice ceremony in the year 1530, at the height of the Inca empire. Further additions include a much-expanded chapter on the holy mountain of Huayna Picchu and an all-new chapter on the birds of Machu Picchu, which includes such species as the Inca wren, found only at this site. Whether you have three hours or three days to spend at Machu Picchu, this book is the one indispensable guide. No traveler should be without it.
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If you can get this, this is one of the best Machu Picchu background books available. It is superb, details many aspects of what you will see, provides historical context, and includes great maps including a detailed re-creation by National Geographic artists of what the sight may have looked like when the Incans lived there. Strongly recommended.
I just returned from Machu Picchu and had read over half of this book before I inadvertently left it on the plane. When I arrived at the site, I felt right at home - as if I'd been there before. As it turned out, I was able to give almost as much information to my friends about Machu Picchu as our very capable guide. I owe that knowledge to the authors of this book and the terrific format they chose to impart their valuable knowledge. I have just ordered a replacement for me and one for each of my friends!
I thought I was buying a guide for the whole area of Machu Picchu-not just about the ruins. This is invaluable as a guide for the ruins, but not as a tourist guidebook. In Depth-a must have book if you visit the site, especially without a guide or to familiarize yourself with what you will see. Just expect any vicinity information, such as hotels or how to get to the site.
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