The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland

The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland

by Hugh Thomson

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The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland by Hugh Thomson

More than twenty years ago, acclaimed documentary filmmaker, journalist, and explorer Hugh Thomson first set off into the Peruvian cloud forest, to find a ruin called Llactapata which, although it had been discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912, had been "lost" again. Accompanied by two buddies from home and several native guides, Thomson "finds" Llactapata and, as with many famous explorers before him, is struck by the heady drug of discovery-which doesn't end at finding a ruin; what matters is understanding what the ruins mean. The author chooses Chuquipalta-"The White Rock" of the title, deep in the Vilcabamba-as being emblematic of the hidden and lost Inca world which is rarely visited and which he has explored.

Since this first foray into the curious and confusing world of Inca ruins, Thomson has traveled to some of the most remote lost cities along the interconnecting paths the Incas laid across the Andes, talked to archeologists and explorers working in the area, and investigated the remains of the remarkable civilization that the Incas left behind. The result of his discoveries and research is The White Rock, a clear-sighted history of the Inca people and their extraordinary culture. Thomson weaves the story of his own discoveries and brushes with danger into a narrative that seamlessly relates the accounts of the famous explorers who preceded him-including Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu. As the Independent said, "This is Bruce Chatwin with cojones."

Author Biography: Hugh Thomson traveled extensively in Latin America before becoming a film-maker. He has since made many arts and travel documentaries for PBS and the BBC, including the Out of India series and Great Journeys: Mexico. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and lives in Bristol.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780297842446
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Hugh Thomsontraveled extensively in Latin America before becoming a filmmaker. He has since directed many documentaries, including theOut of Indiaseries andGreat Journeys: Mexicoand has led filming expeditions to Mexico and the Himalayas. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and lives in Bristol.

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