Synopses & Reviews
Inside this fully revised and expanded third edition you will find:
Machu Picchu - Lost City of the Incas and one of the world's greatest sights
Cusco - where to stay, where to eat, and what to see in the ancient Inca capital
The Inca Trail, Santa Teresa Trek, Choquequirao Trek, Vilcabamba Trail, and hikes around Cusco - 12 hikes from two days to two weeks with 35 detailed route maps showing walking times, camping places and all points of interest. Best known is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which follows part of the old Inca highway over passes of 4200m (13,750ft).
Lima - street plans, what to see, where to stay and getting to Cusco
Practical information - planning your trip and getting to Peru from North America, Europe and Australasia
History of the Incas - plus ground plans of 13 Inca ruins
Green hiking - how to minimize your impact on a fragile region
Flora and fauna - full-color section
Language - Spanish and Quechua
65 maps and street plans
"So well written it is difficult to put this book down...If you are spending only one day in Cusco and one day in Machu Picchu the book's details will enrich your trip. If you are hiking the Inca Trail ...this book is essential."
--International Travel News (USA)
"An excellent guide...offers a wealth of wise advice."
--Toronto Star (Canada)
"...really excellent. You cover everything from Inca history to flora and fauna...."
The Inca Trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu is South America's most popular hike. This practical guide includes 27 detailed trail maps, plans of eight Inca sites, plus guides to Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu. Fully updated new edition includes detailed new guide to the Vilcabamba Trail.
About the Author
studied philosophy at Cambridge University and trained as a barrister before practicing in criminal law. In a bid for freedom in 1998 he escaped to South America to reinvent himself as a travel writer, spending six months on the continent researching the first edition of this book. He first visited South America in 1992 and has also hiked in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Married to Trailblazer author, Melissa Graham, with whom he wrote The Rough Guide to Chile
, he now lives in London and works for the BBC.
This third edition was researched and updated by Alexander Stewart. Born in England, he left for Kenya aged only three months and spent the next fifteen years shuttling between Africa, Australia, and Europe. The wanderlust instilled during his formative years has never left him and he has now visited more than thirty countries in six continents. The author of Trailblazer's New Zealand--The Great Walks, he is currently based in London where he works as senior travel guide and map buyer at Stanfords, the travel bookshop.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION (1) PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP - With a group or on your own (Tours and trekking agencies , Porters, arrieros and guides), Getting to Peru (By air, Overland), Budgeting (Accommodation, food, transport), When to go and for how long? Route options (The classic Inca Trail,Variations on the classic trail, Shorter Trails, Chilca (Km77) up the Silque Valley, The Mollepata trek, The Vilcabamba Trail, The Choquequirau Trail, The Santa Teresa Trail, Combining or altering routes), What to take, Medical kit, Maps, Recommended reading, Internet sites, Pre-departure preparations, Fitness, Inoculations, High-altitude travel , Insurance (2) PART 2: PERU - Facts about the country, Geographical background, Historical outline, The people, Politics and economics, Culture; Practical information for the visitor, Documents and visas, Airport tax, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Electricity, Time, Post and telecommunications, Holidays and festivals, Food and drink, Shopping, Safety, Drugs, Flora and fauna (Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Flora) (3) PART 3: THE INCAS - Pre-Inca civilizations, In the beginning, Pre-ceramic peoples, The Initial Period, Chavín, Mastercraftsmen, Tiahuanaco-Huari , The days before the Inca , Days of the Inca, Piecing together the jigsaw, The origins of the Incas, Oral history, Class and clans, Inca government, How they ran the empire, Spiritual life of the Incas, Inca culture, The fall of the Incas, Plague and civil war, Pizarro and Almagro, First contact, The trap, The great checkmate, The march on Cusco, Cusco: capital of the empire, Sow the wind, Reap the whirlwind, Vilcabamba, Reap another whirlwind (4) PART 4: LIMA - History, Arrival, Getting around, Orientation, Services, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see, Shopping, Moving on (5) PART 5: CUSCO & AROUND - Cusco (History, Arrival, Getting around, Orientation, Services, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see, Shopping, Moving on), Around Cusco, Ruins near Cusco (day hike: Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Salapunco, Puca Pucara, Tambo Machay) , The Sacred Valley (Pisac, Chinchero, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes) (6) PART 6: MINIMUM IMPACT & SAFE TREKKING - Minimum impact trekking, Environmental impact 160 - Economic impact, Cultural impact, Safe trekking, Safety in the hills, Health in the hills (7) PART 7: TRAIL GUIDE AND MAPS - Using this guide, Route descriptions, Route maps, Practicalities, Food and water, Tickets and prices, Getting to the trailheads, The classic Inca Trail (Km88 to Huayllabamba , Huayllabamba to Pacamayo camp, Pacamayo camp to the third pass, Third pass to Machu Picchu), Variations on the classic trail (Starting at Chilca, Starting at Km82), The shorter trail (Km104 to El Camino Segrado del Inca), Chilca up the Silque Valley (Chilca to halfway up, Halfway up to past Ancascocha , Past Ancascocha to valley turn, Turn in the valley to Paucarcancha ,Options from Paucarcancha) , The Mollepata trek (Mollepata to above Marcocassa , Above Marcocassa to Soray, Soray to the pass, The pass to Pampa Cahuana, Pampa Cahuana to Paucarcancha , Other trails near Machu Picchu, Chilca circuit, The full Mollepata, The Riverside trail), The Vilcabamba Trail (Introduction, Preparations, Timing and getting to the trailhead, The Vitcos walk, Huancacalle to Ututo, Ututo to Urpipata, Urpipata to Espíritu Pampa, Espíritu Pampa to Chaunquiri), The Santa Teresa Trail, The Choquequirau Trail (8) PART 8: MACHU PICCHU - The Lost City?, Practicalities, History, A guide to the ruins, Moving on (9) APPENDICES - A. Quechua and Spanish words and phrases, B. Glossary, C. Peruvian embassies, D. Train timetables, E. Bibliography, F. Peruvian tour agencies licensed for the Inca Trail (10) INDEX