Peru Highlights

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In 1973, Hilary and George Bradt were told about an old Inca road leading from Cusco's Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. They hiked it, explored the wayside Inca ruins, and published the first-ever description of the Inca Trail in 1974. Forty years later, this ground-breaking guide has been updated to include classic treks through all the great mountain ranges of Peru. For the inexperienced walker and hard-core trekker alike, Bradt's Trekking in Peru is still the must-have in any backpack.The pioneering guidebook ...

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Overview

In 1973, Hilary and George Bradt were told about an old Inca road leading from Cusco's Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. They hiked it, explored the wayside Inca ruins, and published the first-ever description of the Inca Trail in 1974. Forty years later, this ground-breaking guide has been updated to include classic treks through all the great mountain ranges of Peru. For the inexperienced walker and hard-core trekker alike, Bradt's Trekking in Peru is still the must-have in any backpack.The pioneering guidebook that was the first to cover the Inca TrailRead Hilary and George's entertaining tales from 'the good old days'Trek the Inca Trail and classic routes in the cordilleras Blanca and HuayhuashGet off-the-beaten track in the Central Andes or in ChachapoyasWhere to stay and eat in Peru's top trekking bases Find the latest info on our companion website www.bradtupdates.com/perutrekking

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841624402
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,431,065
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Stewart first visited Peru having studied the Spanish conquest of the country at university. Since then he has been travelling to Peru for 15 years, and has been a guidebook writer for almost 10 years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ixPART ONE G ENERAL INFORMATION 1Chapter 1 B ackground Information 3History 3, People: past and present 6, Language 11Chapter 2 N atural History and Conservation 17Geology 17, Geography 18, Climate 19, Flora 20, Fauna 25, Protected areas of Peru 35, Field guides 42Chapter 3 Practical Information 45When to visit 45, Backpacking or organised trekking? 49, Tour operators 50, Tourist information 51, Red tape 52, Getting there and away 52, What to take 53, Money and budgeting 59, Getting around 61, Accommodation 63, Eating and drinking 65, Handicrafts 70, Photography 71, Media and communications 72, Business 74, Volunteering and giving something back 74Chapter 4 B ackpacking and Trekking: Deciding What's Best for You 77Where to go: an overview 77, Backpacking or trekking? 80, Organised trekking: choosing the right company 80, Trekking: the experience 82, Backpacking: the experience 86, Village etiquette for independent backpackers 91, Minimum impact 93Chapter 5 H ealth and Safety 96Health 96, Safety 107 PART TWO TR EKKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE 113Chapter 6 Lima 115History 115, Getting there and away 115, Getting around 119, Where to stay 121, Where to eat and drink 122, Entertainment and nightlife 124, Useful addresses 125, Tourist information 127, Maps 128Chapter 7 Cajamarca and Chachapoyas Regions 129Cajamarca town and region 129, Cumbe Mayo to San Pablo 133, The Chachapoyas region 136, Exploring the ruins around Chachapoyas 139, The waterfalls 146Chapter 8 T he Cordilleras: Negra, Blanca and Huayhuash 151The cordilleras: an overview 151, Parque Nacional Huascaran 154, Huaraz 158, Caraz 166, Trekking and backpacking overview 167, Trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca 171, Trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash 198Chapter 9 T he Central Andes 211Huancayo 211, The Cordillera Central 217, Other places of interest in the region 221, Trekking the Inca Royal Road: Castillo via Huanuco Viejo to Yanahuanca 224Chapter 10 Cusco and the Vicinity 231History of the Incas 231, Cusco 233, Hiking, trekking and backpacking 251, Hiking routes around Cusco 254, The Valley of Lares 271, Ollantaytambo and around 278Chapter 11 T he Cordilleras Vilcabamba and Vilcanota 283The Vilcabamba region 283, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) 285, The Inca Trail 290, Salkantay hikes 298, Other treks in the Cordillera Vilcabamba 310, The Vilcanota region 321Chapter 12 T he Arequipa Area 343Arequipa 343, Climbing the volcanoes 350, The Colca Canyon 354, Trekking in the Colca Canyon 357 Appendix 1 Language 362Appendix 2 List of Major hikes and treks 364index 369

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