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Inca Land

Hiram Bingham

Book Overview: 

Prof. Hiram Bingham of Yale Makes the Greatest Archaeological Discovery of the Age by Locating and Excavating Ruins of Machu Picchu on a Peak in the Andes of Peru.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Tucker took the wooden box in which we had brought the hypsometer, laid it on the snow, leveled it up carefully with the Stanley pocket level, and took a squint over it toward the north peak. He smiled and said nothing. So each of us in turn lay down in the snow and took a squint. It was all right. We were at least 250 feet higher than that aggravating peak.

Page 45We were also 450 feet higher than the east peak of Coropuna, and a thousand feet higher than any other mountain in sight. At any rate, we should not have to call upon our fast-ebbing strength for any more hard climbs in the immediate future. After arriving at this satisfactory conclusion we pitched the little Mummery tent, set up the tripod for the mercurial barometer, arranged the boiling point thermometer with its apparatus, and with the aid of kodaks and notebooks proceeded to take as many observations as possible in the next four hours. At two o'clock we read the mercurial, knowing that at . . . Read More

Community Reviews

FINALLY finished this book! I enjoy reading about early scientific explorations, and Bingham's search for ancient Inca cities that were mentioned in historical documents certainly qualifies. But this guy does NOT know how to tell a story. This book is a jumble of descriptions of historical record...more

Explorer and Yale archeologist Hiram Bingham chronicles his travels through Peru, leading to his discovery of one of the last Inca capitals, his ascent of the 21,763-foot Mt. Coropuma, and eventually the 'discovery' of the Inca city Machu Picchu.
It is still disputed in some circles as to whether...more

I got this after visiting Peru last year. There was an interesting mixture of information about the area including some history as well as a good description on the expedition itself. The manner of writing is very much of its time, that is to say it is old-fashioned but that is to be expected. It...more

If you have being to Peru is very easy to recognized and imagine the views and experiences described by Hiram while traveling through this beautiful country. This amazing adventure, is not only inspiring but it educates the reader, is very informative. Even thou I would not say he discover Machu...more

Interesting history about the Incan civilization and the topography of the land they cultivated. The author's description of how they traveled the Incan lands made you feel as if you were experiencing the struggles with the explorers. Fun to read and extremely informative.

An fascinating and interesting read from probably one of the last great explorers of the late 19th and early 20th C. Travelling from tropical (almost) sea level to alpine conditions high up in the Andes in just one day must have been an experience-and-a-half, especially with the kit that was avai...more

Lots of fun. Like a real life Indiana Jones! It's a bit dry at points, but what the hey he was a scientist not Stephen King.

Sure he uses some dated terms and holds some dated ideologies... but guess what? This book is almost 100 years old! We don't have to agree with or approve of his terms and i...more

After hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, I thought it would be a worthwhile activity to read Bingham's account of "discovery." (Note that Bingham's credited discovery is very Western-centric; even he doesn't dignify the suggestion that he was the first to find the site).

If you're reading to f...more

Although Bingham can only be said to have "discovered" Machu Picchu in the same way Columbus can be said to have "discovered" America, the young Yale professor, adventurer and future senator's explorations and adventures in Peru from 1911 to 1915 are a really great read.

He covers a lot of the sa...more

While a lot of this account has been disproved since its publication, it is still a very interesting read. It is far from being perfect, in fact, several parts are problematic to the contemporary reader (especially Bingham's observations of the "Indian race"), but as a historical text, it is fasc...more

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