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Sorcery and Shamanism: Curanderos and Clients in Northern Peru by Dr. Douglas Sharon.
Profiles a dozen urban health professionals, with thriving clienteles of educated people, who combine invocations to Jesus, a mescaline sacrament, shamanic rattles, healing altars, and other techniques not approved by mainstream Western medicine. Also discusses their place in modern Peruvian society, particularly in cases of gender-based conflict, and presents case studies and follow-ups of over a hundred patients.
Sorcery and Shamanism

From marveling at the Inca and Spanish architecture in the highland capital of Cusco and sunning on the white sand beaches of Northern Peru to mountain biking through Colca Canyon and trekking to lost cities in the northern cloud forest, Moon Handbooks Peru guides you through a truly personal experience, on or off the beaten path. Suggested travel strategies and lists of must-see sights provide you with real insights so you can decide where you should go, stay, and eat-without hassles or regrets. You will benefit from useful tips, such as details on how to trek, climb, scuba dive, mountain bike, paraglide and surf-both on sand dunes and on waves, and a wealth of information about the birds, animals, and plants of Peru from the Paracas National Reserve on the coast to Manu National Park in the Amazon. Complete with maps, photographs, illustrations, and special emphasis on leading destinations such as Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Nasca, and Huaraz, plus expanded sections on key adventure areas like Manu, Chachapoyas, and Cajamarca, Moon Handbooks Peru has the tools you need to create your own unique trip.

Lonely Planet Peru is a good practical guide for independent travelers, whether they plan to explore Peru by dugout canoe, train, bus, or foot. Highlights include 64 maps of regions, towns, and historical sites; extensive background on archaeological sites; advice on food and accommodations for every budget; a useful history section ranging from pre-Inca cultures to modern; helpful hints on outdoor activities; and a traveler's Spanish section. Intriguing sidebars provide details on topics such as Inca Trail tours, fiestas, and folklore about Lake Titicaca, human sacrifice in the Andes, archaeology around Paracas, a week on the Amazon, and the Shipibo Indians, as well as their handicrafts.
The Inca Trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu is South America's most popular hike. This practical guide includes 27 detailed trail maps, plans of eight Inca sites, plus guides to Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu. Fully updated new edition includes detailed new guide to the Vilcabamba Trail.
The book is first-rate in all aspects. Ibis Publishing has done a brilliant job of illustrating each of the 1800 species of birds on the 127 color plates.
A handbook for ecologically and environmentally responsible travel in Peru. Includes identifying and location information on frequently seen animals, current information on animal ecology, behavior and conservation, information of Peru's habitats and descriptions of Peru's most visited parks and reserves.
Historians and archaeologists, suggests Keith Muscutt, have done an excellent job of recording the achievements of great pre-Columbian civilizations such as that of the Inca, which at its height covered an area the size of its Roman counterpart. They have done less well in understanding the histories of the empires that came before, the local strongholds and fiefdoms swallowed up by the mighty civilizations that the Europeans encountered. Muscutt takes us into the heart of one such ancient civilization, the Chachapoya, nestled in the high Andes of far eastern Peru. The area is remote and nearly inaccessible (one conquistador wrote that "the natural difficulty of the countryside is so rugged that on some roads the Indians slide down great ropes a distance of eight or ten times the height of a man, for there is no other way of advancing") for which reason scholars have been late in coming to it. Muscutt's heavily illustrated, inviting text helps place the Chachapoya empire in the larger context of Andean prehistory.
Incas and Spaniards in the conquest of the Chachapoyas: Archaeological and ethnohistorical research in the north-eastern Andes of Peru (GOTARC) by Inge Schjellerup web services provided by:
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