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's previous books include The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland and Nanda Devi, a journey to a usually inaccessible part of the Himalayas. He has led many research expeditions to Peru. He is also a film-maker and has won many awards for his documentaries, which include Indian Journeys with William Dalrymple, and Dancing in the Street: A Rock and Roll History. He lives in Oxfordshire.