This is an all-in-one guide for a hiking holiday in Peru on the Inca Trail. Includes how to book from North America, planning and preparation, getting there, Lima and Cusco city guides (where to stay, where to eat and all attractions), detailed hiking route guide and 50 maps for the classic Inca Trail routes, the Choquequirau Trail, the Santa Teresa Trail and hikes around Cusco and the Urubamba Valley. Full guide to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
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About the Author
Alexander Stewart is the group products manager at Stanfords, the travel map and bookshop in London. A keen walker he has hiked in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.
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