Cloud Road

Author: John Harrison
Publisher: Parthian Books
ISBN: 9781906998127
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In every atlas there is a country missing from the maps of South America: the Andean nation. For five months John Harrison journeys through this secret country, walking alone into remote villages where he is the first gringo the inhabitants have ever seen, and where life continues as if Columbus had never sailed. -- Welsh Books Council

The White Rock An Exploration of the Inca Heartland

Author: Hugh Thomson
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468302302
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More than twenty years ago, acclaimed documentary filmmaker and explorer Hugh Thomson first set off into the Peruvian cloud forest on foot, to find a ruin called Llactapata which, although it had been discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912, had been "lost" again. With the backdrop of the ever-intriguing Andes mountains, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson’s intoxicating history of the Inca people and their heartland, is a thrilling mix of information and adventure. The author, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and explorer, expertly weaves accounts of his own discoveries and brushes with danger with the history of those who preceded him—including the explorer Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu; the twentieth century South American photographer, Martín Chambi; the poet Pablo Neruda; and the Spanish conquistadores who destroyed the Inca civilization—and the eccentric characters he meets on his travels.

1519

Author: John Harrison
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781910409800
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When Hernan Cortes met the Mayans, Aztecs and other cultures of the gulf coast of Mexico in 1519, it was the first extended contact between the peoples of continental America and Europe. The Spanish found cities larger and better run than any in Europe, and pyramids greater than Egypt's. The Aztecs believed time was running down and they lived in the final age of the world. Both cultures were acting out the last days. Halfway through researching this book John Harrison had a scan which told him he would not live to write it; he was seeing out his own days. The Aztec people were concerned with the transitory nature of worldly things; some of their rulers were revered as much for their philosophical poetry as their conquests. John Harrison follows Cortes's route along the Mexican coast and across country to modern Mexico City, home of the Aztecs. A journey within journeys to the end of time, the book becomes a meditation on time, on mortality and self, from a modern master of travel writing.

The White Rock An Exploration of the Inca Heartland

Author: Hugh Thomson
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468302302
Format: PDF
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More than twenty years ago, acclaimed documentary filmmaker and explorer Hugh Thomson first set off into the Peruvian cloud forest on foot, to find a ruin called Llactapata which, although it had been discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912, had been "lost" again. With the backdrop of the ever-intriguing Andes mountains, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson’s intoxicating history of the Inca people and their heartland, is a thrilling mix of information and adventure. The author, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and explorer, expertly weaves accounts of his own discoveries and brushes with danger with the history of those who preceded him—including the explorer Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu; the twentieth century South American photographer, Martín Chambi; the poet Pablo Neruda; and the Spanish conquistadores who destroyed the Inca civilization—and the eccentric characters he meets on his travels.

Nanda Devi

Author: Hugh Thomson
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 0297865358
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The story of an amazing journey to one of the remotest, most mysterious places on earth Until 1934 the Nanda Devi Sanctuary had never been visited by human beings. Surrounded by 20,000 foot peaks which effectively seal off the mountain at their centre it is virtually impenetrable. But in 1934 Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman solved the problem in the first of their great Himalayan expeditions by forcing a way up the river gorge. The onset of war meant that the Sanctuary remained un-visited for many years and it was then closed to travellers for political reasons. After a brief period in the seventies when it was opened for expeditions the Indian Government again closed the Sanctuary. In 2000 the Sanctuary was entered for one single visit. Hugh Thomson was offered a place on this unique expedition led by Eric Shipton's son, John Shipton and the great Indian mountaineer, Colonel Kumar. This journey forms the basis of the book. Woven through it are all the amazing stories that surround the mountain - a powerful blend of myths and politics.

DuMont Reiseabenteuer Wolkenpfad Zu Fu durch das Herzland der Inka

Author: John Harrison
Publisher: DuMont Reiseverlag
ISBN: 377018257X
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Wo die Staffelläufer der Inka rannten Der Wolkenpfad verläuft hoch über dem Rücken der Anden, durch raues Land. Kälte, Niederschläge und Höhe machen Harrison während seiner mehrmonatigen Fußreise vom Äquator bis zu den magischen Ruinen der Inka- Stadt Machu Picchu wahrhaftig zu schaffen. Die Menschen, auf die er in den Bergen gelegentlich trifft, haben kaum je einen Weißen gesehen. Ihr Leben ist hart, ihre Armut real. Harrisons Buch lässt die ex­tremen Landschaften, die er unter den Vulkanen der Anden durchstreift, und die extremen Lebensbedingungen der Menschen ebenso lebendig werden wie die zahlreichen Ruinen des Inka-Imperiums am Weg, die er eingehend würdigt. Er läuft den Camino Real ab, den Königsweg, auf dem einst die Staffelläufer der Inka rannten und binnen weniger Tage aus allen Winkeln des Reiches wichtige Nachrichten zu den Herrschern beförderten. Das Gelände ist eine Herausforderung, der Weg beschwerlich. Auch der von Harrison auf einem Dorfmarkt ersteigerte Esel hilft wenig. Zu störrisch ist das Tier. Die vielen Unwägbarkeiten der Reise, die Ängste und die Einsamkeit, kaum einmal unterbrochen durch kurze Aufenthalte in Gebirgsdörfern, werden feinfühlig und spannend erzählt.

Forgotten Footprints

Author: John Harrison
Publisher: Parthian
ISBN: 9781908946461
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"Published with the financial support of Welsh Books Council."

Cochineal Red

Author: Hugh Thomson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0297865323
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Imagine that all the great discoveries of Ancient Egypt had happened in the last few years...and you will have some conception of the great excitement over recent finds in Peru Peru wears its ancient cultures wrapped around in layers, like one of the mummified bodies so well preserved by the nitrates of its deserts. After his acclaimed book on the Incas, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson unwraps those layers to show how civilisation emerged so early and so spectacularly in this toughest and most arid of terrains. Many of the extraordinary cultures of Ancient Peru, from the lines of Nasca to the temple-cult of Chavín, buried in the mountains, and the great pyramids of the coast, have only started to give up their secrets and antiquity in just the last few years. Hugh Thomson has been at the forefront of some of these discoveries himself, having made headlines with his work near Machu Picchu. Now he takes the reader on a journey back from the world of the Incas to the first dawn of Andean civilisation, to give an immensely personal and accessible guide to the wonders that have been revealed.