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The Machu Picchu Guidebook: A Self-Guided Tour Paperback – Jul 1 2011
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From Library Journal
Machu Picchu is one of the most stunning archaeological sites on Earth. Located in the heart of the Andes in Peru, this five-centuries-old Incan relic attracts some 300,000 tourists yearly. Yet the significance of the site itself is difficult to unravel without a lot of personal knowledge or a comprehensive guidebook. Wright, who has studied the site for 25 years and has worked at Machu Picchu since 1994, and Zegarra (anthropology and archaeology, Univ. of Cuzco) have teamed up to produce a handy book for visitors who wish to guide themselves at their own pace through the site. A bound-in, fold-out color archaeological map of Machu Picchu keyed to the book's chapters and an array of black-and-white as well as color photographs will help users find and navigate the site easily and not depend on fractured live tour guide information. After reading this book, you will want to hop on the next flight to Peru. If you are unlucky enough never to visit Machu Picchu, the guide will serve as an excellent virtual tour. Recommended for general travel collections. Olga B. Wise, Compaq Computer Corp., Austin, TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Promotes a satisfactory low impact visit offering an early step-by-step trail through the legendary Incan site. -- Publishers Weekly, June 4, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As an anthropologist myself, I wish that I had had a copy of a guidebook even half as good as that authored by Ruth Wright and Alfredo Valencia Zegarra. Combining a clearly written text with intriguing photos and practical diagrams, The Machu Picchu Guidebook is the single best publication on this site that I have seen. While written primarily for the astute traveler, it will be of use to professionals as well.
My own work with indigenous water systems in places like Guyana and Indonesia led to my cursory examination in 1982 of the system at Machu Picchu. It proved fascinating, but I had little time for study. To their credit, Ruth Wright and her husband, Ken Wright (in conjunction with a number of their colleagues from the U.S. and Peru) instituted a remarkably thorough archaeological/engineering investigation of this Incan system in the 1990s. This same degree of care and attention to detail is seen in the guidebook, which had its genesis in their archaeological research.
In conclusion, it should be noted that Ruth Wright is a former chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The Explorers Club. Her book brings an explorer's enthusiasm to Machu Picchu, while maintaining high standards of authorship.
Now you are ready for your self-guided tour. Just inside the entrance gate, climb to the Guardhouse. Pause to see how the water supply canal passes right by food storehouses. Cross the Inca trail coming in from Cusco and stand beside the Guardhouse. Below you stretches the whole of this incredible cradle of civilization-lovely green of the main plaza feeding llama and alpaca; Inca stones rising on either side to form the ceremonial and residential edifices; and the crop-growing terraces on the flanks of the cradle falling away to the Urubamba River.
Step-by-step, Ruth and Alfredo talk you by the printed page through these wonders. Plan on several days. You will have the joy of misty morning and sun-streaked afternoons. The day-traintrippers will be gone. Wind through the Rock Quarry. Pause in the quiet of the Unfinished Temple. You can take the time to side hike to the Sun Gate, Machu Picchu Mountain, the Inca Drawbridge, and Huayna Picchu Mountain. Talk with other visitors. The world is here for good reason.
Ruth and Alfredo immensely aid the visitor's Machu Picchu experience. They bring new information to old understandings:
"There are many different ways to experience Machu Picchu. We hope this guidebook will give you the tools to do it in your own way.Read more ›
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Excellent guide book. One does not need to hire a guide if one has read this book and carries it with oneself once at Machu Pichu. ComplimentsPublished 9 days ago by CB
we visited machu picchu twice and each time, as we discussed the site using the book, peruvian guides would come over and listen to our discussions which were way beyond what they... Read morePublished 5 months ago by re1000
Great book for the plane rides, waiting in airports, evenings in the hostel and overall prep for the trip. Read morePublished 12 months ago by beardy
I haven't actually used this book yet but it appears to contain all of the information for our upcoming trip to Machu Picchu. Small and light for travelling.Published on Nov. 1 2013 by Barbara J Burton
I thought it was a very educational book, but would have liked to have more pictures (maybe even in colour) in the book.Published on Oct. 21 2013 by Janelle from Canada
University of Denver Water Law Review,
Vol. 6, Issue 1, Fall 2002 (forthcoming January 2003)
Reprinted with Permission of the Author and the Law Review
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I recently returned from a trip to Peru and Bolivia, and I found this Guidebook to be as necessary a part of my visit to Machu Picchu as my backpack, water and camera were. Ms. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by David Pittman
DO NOT visit Machu Picchu without this book! Your experience will be severly diminished!! Follow the author's suggested route, starting up top at the guard house. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2001 by Kathy Ford