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The River Sea: The Amazon in History, Myth, and Legend --a Story of Discovery, Exploration, and Exploitation by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. F2546 .D39 2010
Publication Date: 2010
The River Sea presents a range of characters, mostly European, who entered the history of the region, frmo the first European traveler, Francisco de Orellana to the Peruvian Evangeline, Isabel Godin, who in 1769 crossed the continent,to reunite with her husband, whom she had not seen in twenty years.
The Amazon River Forest by
Call Number: HD469.A43 S6 1999
Publication Date: 1999
“…Geographer Nigel Smith reviews the natural history of the area from the people's perspective, offering a large-scale portrayal of the culture and of the region not found in most books on Amazonia.” Publisher.
Amazonia, Landscape and Species Evolution by
Call Number: QH112 .A435 2010
Publication Date: 2010
This book examines how the geologic history of the Amazon has been a driving force in shaping the biodiversity of both flora and fauna. Written by leading scientists in Amazonian research, it is an indepth review of the palaeogeographic, palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental evolution of northern South America.
The Amazon River Expedition
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High Moon over the Amazon by
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
In her memoir, lemur expert, Patricia Chapple Wright, describes her search for a mate for her pet-shop purchased owl monkey. This search takes her to the Amazon, where, in a remote research station in the wilds of Peru, she undergoes the experiences which lead to her career as a noted scientist.
Not available through Penn Libraries, but check it out from your local library
Walking the Amazon by
Publication Date: 2012-08-28
Ed Stafford, National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year for 2010, is the only known man to have walked the entire length of the Amazon. If you are taking the trip to Machu Picchu, you might also take look at Mark Adams’ Turn Right at Machu Picchu (2012) another in the Plume series, “One Step at a Time.”
Not available through Penn Libraries, but borrow it from your local library
Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. F2546 .F559 2017
Publication Date: 2017
More adventure than natural history, but good read for the airplane or other connecting travel--the true story of a young married couple who survive a plane crash and attempt to find their via raft across Peru and Bolivia--find out how they find their way back to safety.
Culture and Customs of Peru by
Call Number: F3448 .F37 2003
Publication Date: 2002
Looking at Peru's culture from pre-Columbian times to today, Ferreira and Dargent-Chamot, provide an in depth look at the social integration of Peru’s Indian and Hispanic population. In particular, the two authors focus on how Peru’s geography has been an important factor in its cultural and social expression.
Call Number: N6713 .L86 2006
Publication Date: 2006
“Richly illustrated, this book describes the grandeur and richness of the numerous civilizations predating the Incas, including the Paracas, Nazca, Recuay, Sicán-Lambayeque, Moche-Sipán, and Chimú cultures, as well as the great Inca civilization.” Publisher
Punk and Revolution: 7 More Interpretations of Peruvian Reality by
Publication Date: 2016
Inspired by José Carlos Mariátegui's Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality, Greene takes a philosophical appraoch to punk and the Peruvian state.
Tourism and Culture Partnership in Peru by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. G155.P5 W67 2016
Publication Date: 2016
This text analyzes the importance of collaboration among tourism, culture and the community. This book studies the case of Peru, as a country that has distinguished itself in its links to cultural tourism and in the tourism management of its heritage.
An Amazon Andes Tour by Margaret Booth, 1910. Available through Hathitrust.org. Scroll through to view images.
UNESCO Lima Peru
The Historic Center of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow this link to learn why the “City of Kings” was selected and view a gallery of its famous sites, including its ubiquitous balconies.
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
A premier ecotourism destination, Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is one of the most protected habitats in the Peruvian Amazon. Keep an eye out for the pink dolphins and giant river otters that make the three rivers of this region, the Pacayay, the Samiria, and the Yanayacu-Pucate, home. Oh, and look out for the anacondas too!