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Quichua Poem

huaira shamui
causangapac
samita carai
huiñachingapac

apuman huilli
cani caipi

huiñachinata apamungui
asinai juyai ñucapac cui.

 

 

english

Garcilaso de la Vega, Royal Commentaries of Peru (1609)
Alexander von Humboldt, Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America during the Years 1799-1804
Ephraim Squire, Peru: Incidents and Explorations in the Land of the Incas (1877)
Edward Whymper, Travels amongst the great Andes of the equator (1892)
Hiram Bingham, Across South America (1911)
Hiram Bingham, Inca Land: Explorations in the Highlands of Peru (1922)
Maria Reiche, Mystery of the Desert, Maria Reiche, Lima (1949)
Victor von Hagen, The ancient Inca roads (1976)
Rob Rachowiecki, Climbing and Hiking in Ecuador
Dylan Neyme, Condor Trail, paragliding in the andes Sky Gypsy Publications, Seattle 2004, ISBN 0-9759483-0-x
The only book so far about paragliding in the andes. It describes many of the popular, accessible places of the central andes.
Very well written by a friend of mine after our journeys, contains many adresses, small maps, and explanations

 

deutsch

Alexander v. Humboldt, Die Wiederentdeckung der Neuen Welt, Berlin (1989)
The best book about A.v.Humboldts travels, containing many of his scattered notes, compiled by P.K.Schäfer
Ernst W. Middendorf, Peru - Beobachtungen und Studien über das Land und seine Bewohner während eines 25jährigen Aufenthalts (1895)
Hans Meyer, In den Hoch-Anden von Ecuador (1907)
Victor von Hagen, Capac ñan, Schicksalsstrasse der Inkas
Maria Reiche, Geheimnis der Wüste, Selbstverlag Maria Reiche, Lima (1949)
Eduardo Galeano, Die offenen Adern Lateinmerikas (1971)
Miloslav Stingl, Auf den Spuren der ältesten Reiche Perus (1990)
(some illustrations by Vladimir Kladiva depicting Moche ceramics were taken from this book for this site)
Gudrun Pausewang, Die Not der Familie Caldera, Ravensburger Verlag (1977)
Mario Vargas Llosa, Tod in den Anden (1993)
B. Gretenkord, Charles de la Condamine, Reise zur Mitte der Welt
Günther Schmudlach, Die Berge Ecuadors, (best mountaineering guide of Ecuador)
Oskar Busch, Trekkingführer Peru, Bergverlag Rother, München, (best trekking guide of Peru)
Kai Ferreira Schmid, Peru Bolivien, Verl. Reise Know-How
Winfried Dunkel, Quechua für Peru-Reisende, Verl. Reise Know-How,
Doris Kurella, Kulturen und Bauwerke des Alten Peru (2008)

 

español

Pedro de Cieza de León, Chronica del Peru (1554)
Garcilaso de la Vega, Comentarios reales (1609)
Guaman Poma de Ayala, Nueva corónica y buen gobierno (1615)
Luis Cordero, Diccionario Quichua, illustrado con Poemas y Fabulas (1892)
Enrique López Albújar, Cuentos Andinos (1920)
Jorge Icaza, Huasipungo (1934)
José Maria Arguedas, Agua (1935)
Ciro Alegría, La serpiente de oro (1935)
Ciro Alegría, El mundo es ancho y ajeno (1941)
Eduardo Galeano, Las venas abiertas de latino america (1971)
Julio Ramón Ribeyro, La palabra del mudo
Mario Vargas Llosa, Lituma en los Andes
P. Victor Vasquez, Aprendamos Quichua
Oscar Colchado, Cholito en los Andes mágicos, Lanzón Ed. Lima

 

quechua

Alfonso Toaquiza, Kuntur kuyashkamanta, SEEDS publishers
Reynaldo Martínez Parra, La fábula quechua

 

Maps

after the creation of Google Map this part is almost obsolete ...

Best overview:
Melles Maps, South America, The Andes Includes the street map of some cities, covers the whole mountain range 1:4,500,000
Topographical maps:
Either at the local maps of National Institutes in the capitals Quito, Lima, La Paz, maps of the whole country in magnitudes 1:100,000 up to 1:25,000 or the excellent russian military survey maps 1:500,000 or 1:250,000 of all of South America. For parts of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru and similar regions popular in mountaineering sports there are equally excellent maps of the german Alpine Club DAV 1:100,000 In the web:
all of Peru 1:100,000 of the peruvian geografic society
one of the best link for maps worldwide: Univ. Texas Austin library

 

Equipment

Paraglider: Peak S, Ozone, 4.1 kg
Harness: Supair, mountain
Light sleeping bag (mountain view down to 5°) 2 kg, + silk-inlet 800g, + biwak bag, for colder nights wrap in paraglider
ThermA-Rest, 700 g, IsoMat, bad to mend, but forms together with sleeping bag good back protector for flight
Northface Tadpole tent, 2.4 kg
Rentschler Solar-Vario
Garmin Geko GPS
Platybus 2 x 2.5 l water bag
20 m thin rope
Lowe Alpamayo-back pack, 3.3 kg
gas stove, Paratech-emergency, compass, russ. topograph. map 1:500,000, saw (!), medicine case, repair set etc.
all in all roughly 20 kg
With extra belts the back pack is fastened directly at the paraglider for flights

Typical launch with full load:

   

 

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