Experience Peru t as a tourist. Interact with the people, feel the remoteness, beauty, and strive for understanding of the forces that culminated in the uplift of the Andes. This book contains journal writings from over two hundred days of fieldwork in Peru while conducting geological mapping. Highland pueblos, cold field camps, underground silver mines, llamas and alpacas, discotecas, Pisco Sour, 4x4 adventures, alpine glaciers, the city of Lima, captured in a remote village, mudflows and cactus, Inca ruins, meeting my wife, and the crazy Russian doctor provide the backdrop to studying the geology of the Andes.
James M. Wise earned his Ph.D., from the University of Nevada, Reno, researching the Andes in 2004, and has twenty years of experience as a geologist. He currently works in the gold exploration industry in Nevada, continuing his field adventures. Other books authored include California Roadtrip 395 and Mount Whitney to Yosemite: the geology of the John Muir Trail. Two additional novels on the Andes are in preparation and close to completion.