One man goes in search of the lost cities of the Amazon in the Inca heartland.
The lost cities of South America have always exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination. The ruins of the Incas and other pre-Colombian civilisations are scattered over thousands of miles of still largely uncharted territory, particularly in the Eastern Andes, where the mountains fall away towards the Amazon.
Twenty-five years ago, Hugh Thomson set off into the cloud-forest on foot to find a ruin that had been carelessly lost again after its initial discovery. Into his history of the Inca Empire he weaves the story of his adventures as he travelled to the most remote Inca cities. It is also the story of the great explorers in whose footsteps he followed, such as Hiram Bingham and Gene Savoy.
It is a measure of Hugh Thomson's skill as a writer, historian and explorer that THE WHITE ROCK is such a pleasure... a moving and meticulously researched account - Justin Marozzi, SPECTATOR
It is a fascinating tale, intelligently told, and one of the strongest debuts I have read for a while - Anthony Sattin, SUNDAY TIMES
Mr Thomson has written a charming book, which should either arouse or reinforce interest in a wonderful country - Anthony Daniels, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Hugh Thomson is an unusual combination of writer, film-maker and explorer. Hugh has led many expeditions to Peru, starting in 1982 when he was 21, and has now become one of Britain's foremost modern explorers of Inca settlements. His recent memoir Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico describes his early experiences travelling through that country and his interest in the Maya.