What are the best must-read books for Peru travellers?

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    #1Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

    Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

    Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter is a novel set in Peru written by Mario Vargas Llosa and translated by Helen R. Lane. This book was originally published in 1977.

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    Ai Liu
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "As a fictional book set prior to the advent of television in Peru, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter is not necessarily a must-read book for Peru travellers. That said, it's a fairly entertaining read filled with humor that sometimes does not translate as effective as it wants to. There are also moments of darkness so it turned out to be a more complex book than I had anticipated."
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    #2Eight Feet in the Andes

    Eight Feet in the Andes

    Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru is a nonfiction book written by Dervla Murphy. This memoir is about the journey of the author in Peru. It was originally published in 1983.

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    Victoria Watson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is amazing. It's a great reference guide but it also tells the story of an incredible journey for a woman and her daughter as they traverse across a great landscape that is sometimes perilous but always beautiful. Together with their mule they set out to make a great adventure together."
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    #3The Gold Eaters

    The Gold Eaters

    The Gold Eaters is a historical fiction novel written by Ronald Wright. This was originally published in 2015. This book about exploration and invasion is based on real events.

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    Shaurya Yadav
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "It is a fiction book so dont hold your breath to experience this in Peru now. If your looking for a book that coincides with the culture and the feeling of peru look elsewhere."
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    #4Turn Right at Machu Picchu

    Turn Right at Machu Picchu

    Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time is a nonfiction travel book written by Mark Adams. It was originally published in 2011. 

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    Brenda Marshall
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is two great books in one. It's a travel guide full of all kinds of useful information for people going to Machu Picchu. The framing, however, is in the author retracing the steps of Hiram Bingham III's 1911 expedition. Historical facts and travel tips? What's not to like!"
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    #5Up and Down the Andes

    Up and Down the Andes

    Up and Down the Andes: A Peruvian Festival Tale is a children's picture book written by Laurie Krebs. This was originally published in 2008. In this book, the author introduces children from different parts of Peru.

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    #6Llama and the Great Flood

    Llama and the Great Flood

    Llama and the Great Flood: A Folktale from Peru is a children's picture book written by Ellen Alexander. This was originally published in 1989. It is about a master who gets himself into a high peak in the Andes to avoid calamity.

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    Eva Vásquez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a good book if you're looking to increase your basic knowledge on Peru folktales and legends. It a terrible book if I'm looking for guidance while traveling through modern-day Peru! Knowing and the llama and great flood won't help me order ceviche, get to Machu Picchu, or not get run over on the crazy streets of Lima, Peru. I will save it for when I get back and get myself a real travel book in the meantime. "
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    #7The Heights of Macchu Picchu

    The Heights of Macchu Picchu

    The Heights of Macchu Picchu is a Spanish literature written by Pablo Neruda and translated Nathaniel Tarn. This bilingual edition was originally published in 1967.

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    Timothy Burton
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I read The Heights of Macchu Picchu before I traveled for Peru and it really gave me insight on the culture before I arrived. It really helped me understand and connect with the history that was all around me while I was there."
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    #8Art of the Andes: From Chavín to Inca

    Art of the Andes: From Chavín to Inca

    Art of the Andes: From Chavín to Inca is part of the World of Art series written by Rebecca Stone. This art history book for children was originally published in 2012.

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    Johnny Tran
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Art of the Andes: From Chavín to Inca is a great book about art. It is filled with a lot of knowledge. You will learn a lot about history and art from this book. It is really well written."
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    #9The Green House

    The Green House

    The Green House is a philosophical and socially-investigative novel written by the famous Peruvian writer Mario Vargas LLosa. It was first released as La casa verde in 1968. It is about the divide between savagery and civilization.

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    Eric Jordan
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "For those who are interested in Peruvian cultural background and history. This book describes a classic Peruvian town. Featuring striking contrast and struggles between church, Christianity, and corruption, all in one. It depicts a war between civilization and the wild kingdom of lust and savagery. Very emotional and powerful account of early Peru."
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    #10The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

    The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta
    The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is a biography written by famous Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa. It was published as Historia de Mayta in 1985 and was released in English in the following year. It is about the real Latin American icon.
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    Harold Ramos
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "What do we do when we struggle with the world but really it is our own minds that trap us? get ready for this psychological thriller"

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Best What are the best must-read books for Peru travellers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Aunt Julia and the ScriptwriterBooks 44 Paid
2Eight Feet in the AndesBooks 41 Paid
3The Gold EatersBooks 39 Paid
4Turn Right at Machu PicchuBooks 37 Paid
5Up and Down the AndesBooks 34 Paid
6Llama and the Great FloodBooks 33 Paid
7The Heights of Macchu PicchuBooks 31 Paid
8Art of the Andes: From Chavín to IncaBooks 27 Paid
9The Green HouseBooks 21 Paid
10The Real Life of Alejandro MaytaBooks 19 Paid
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