Crux Publishing, a boutique digital publisher that produces high-quality, non-fiction titles, is partnering with Inkaterra to offer 25 readers a free copy of their new e-book “Forgotten Vilcabamba: Final Stronghold of the Incas“, a modern-day adventure set against a fascinating historical backdrop.

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In 1532, Francisco Pizarro invaded Peru with 37 horsemen and 106 foot-soldiers.  By the end of 1533, he had conquered the mighty Inca empire, executed its supreme ruler, Atahualpa, and seized the capital city of Cuzco.  Atahualpa’s brother, Manco Inca, lead a huge native rebellion but was eventually defeated by hundreds of Spanish reinforcements who arrived in 1537.  Abandoning the central highlands to the conquistadors, Manco retreated to the remote valleys and wild forests of Vilcabamba where he and his sons ruled over an independent Inca state until 1572.

Few Spaniards were allowed to visit the region and none were permitted to enter the city of Vilcabamba, the final stronghold of the Incas.  Centuries passed and the ruins were forgotten, swallowed by the jungle and only briefly mentioned by 16th century chroniclers.  Over the years, a succession of flamboyant explorers, including Hiram Bingham and Gene Savoy, claimed to have found the “lost city of the Incas” but doubts always persisted, along with rumours of fabulous ruins still to be discovered.

Vince Lee found himself drawn to the mysteries of Vilcabamba after a climbing expedition to the region in 1982.  An architect by profession, Vince was soon back in Peru to draw the most detailed maps ever made of Vitcos, a site rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and clearly described in the 16th century chronicles.  Over a series of expeditions, Vince systematically visited and mapped all the Inca ruins and roads in the Vilcabamba region, using his architectural skills to demonstrate how the palaces, temples and cities would have originally looked and been built.

A cast of explorers, adventurers, campesinos and Maoist guerrillas either aided or hindered Vince in his search for the truth: Had Hiram Bingham actually discovered the ruins of Vilcabamba in 1911?  What had Gene Savoy missed at Espíritu Pampa, the Plain of Ghosts?  What were the mysterious foundations deep in the Vilcabamba jungles?  Was the lost city of the Incas still to be discovered?  Readers will find the answers to these questions (and many more) in the book…”

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