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Best Travel Books about Machu Picchu

Are you planning to trip to Peru and Machu Picchu this year? Peru may have been on your bucket list for many years and you have finally made the decision to take the plunge and travel to the beautiful South America country. Many thousands of people every year travel to Peru and the one place that nearly all of the visitors to Peru have to see is Machu Picchu. There are many Machu Picchu travel packages to choose from and you will need to do your homework to sort through the maze of Peru Machu Picchu tours on offer. Trip Advisor is a great place to start with recommendations from travelers on tours, hotels, tour companies and restaurants, which is 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 before you go. Although there have been many great and some not so great books written about the site the following are a few that we recommend to learn about the site and have some knowledge before you set off on your Machu Picchu adventure and your Peru Vacation.

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Whether you plan to take the train to Machu Picchu or like many you 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 traveling without an organized tour or if you choose an organized tour. Some great companies write up to date books filled with useful information for the first time traveler to any destination.

The Lonely Planet guides and the recent edition of Peru is really worth buying. The hotel, tour and restaurant suggests are first class. This guide could be invaluable for your trip to Peru not only offering recommendations but also giving history of each place you want to see and the best site seeing in the area, this guide could prove to be invaluable.

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In addition, Richard Danbury and Alexander Stewart call a great book for those who plan to do the Inca Trail the Inca Trail, Cusco & 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 guidebooks, not Inca Trail pacific, but a great book to guide you through your journey to Peru. Full of history and interested places to visit the Footprints book are a great practical guide on your journey through Peru.

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A great book about the discovery of Machu Picchu is The lost City of the Incas by the man who discover 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 strong hold of the Inca. It was only after his death did another one of his discoveries was confirmed as the lost city. A very interesting read for history buffs.

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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 Inca. This epic tale of the invasion will give you a more serious account of the history of Machu Picchu than other book you may want to read.

For a great adventure travel read try Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adam is a travel adventure and also funny tale into the greatest archaeological discovery of the last century. Adams takes you on a journey through to jungle, hiking, climbing tenting and exploring his way through the jungle and eventually finding the famous Machu Picchu.

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If you plan to travel with the kids the a great book for them to read before they go is 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 with pretty watercolor pages by Lewin, the book with excite the children about their journey to Machu Picchu.

Take the time to do some reading about your trip to Machu Picchu; some knowledge 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 you research and visit the best Peru 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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