Inca Trail Bibliography

Books about the Incas and their civilization


Books about the history of the Incas and the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire.

The Conquest of the Incas
Papermac (1993)

An excellent history of the Inca Empire in the years leading up to, during and after the Spanish Conquest.

The Last Days of the Incas
Simon & Schuster (2007)

A good history of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire.

Travel Writing

Travel books about Peru and the region around Machu Picchu in particular.

The White Rock
Phoenix (2001)

A personal travel narrative, with good information about Machu Picchu and nearby Inca sites.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Penguin (2011)

A personal travel narrative about exploring the trails around Machu Picchu. Covers several nearby sites, and does a good job of emphasizing the relations between the sites.

Lost City of the Incas
Phoenix (2003)

Hiram Bingham’s own account of his ‘discovery’ of Machu Picchu. Historical and archaeological information in this book may have been superseded by newer research.

Inca Land: Explorations in the Highlands of Peru
National Geographic Society (2004)

Hiram Bingham’s description of his research and travels in Peru.