Trekking Peru: A Traveler's Guide

Trekking Peru: A Traveler's Guide

by Roberty and Daisy Kunstaetter

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594858727
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert and Daisy Kunstaetter have lived and traveled in South America for many years, settling in Daisy's native Ecuador as their permanent home. They are the co-authors, major contributors, or cartographers of 23 different books, including the classic South American Handbook, currently in its 89th annual edition. They live in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, just over the Peruvain border, and write about Peru on www.trekkingperu.org

Table of Contents

Map Legend 8

Peru Orientation Map 9

Treks at a Glance 10

Foreword 12

Prólogo 14

Acknowledgments 16

Section I Introduction 19

Chapter 1 Trekking in Peru 20

What Is Trekking? 20

Why Peru? 20

Explorers and Trekkers 21

The World's Greatest Road 23

Chapter 2 Peru and its People 27

Geography and Geology 27

Climate 28

Flora and Fauna 29

Conservation 32

Aboriginal Cultures, Archaeology, and History 33

Population 36

Religion and Fiestas 38

Chapter 3 What to Expect 40

Independent vs. Organized Trekking 40

Responsible Trekking 42

Trekking Infrastructure 45

Maps and Navigation 49

Chapter 4 Preparations 51

Getting Yourself Ready 51

Travel in Peru 54

Getting to the Trailhead 58

Chapter 5 An Ounce of Prevention 59

Public Safety 59

Trekking Safety 60

Staying Healthy 64

In Case of Emergency 69

Section II The Treks 71

Chapter 6 Selecting a Trek 72

Understanding the Trek Descriptions 72

Using the Maps 74

Chapter 7 Chachapoyas 75

Trek 1 Gocta 77

Trek 2 Río Atuen Circuit 81

Chapter 8 Cordillera Blanca 88

Trek 3 Willkawain to Aguak Cocha 91

Trek 4 Ishinca to Akilpo 94

Trek 5 Laguna Tishugyoc 98

Trek 6 Huari to Chacas 105

Trek 7 Chacas to Huari via Yauya 109

Trek 8 Marcajirca 113

Trek 9 Alpamayo 116

Trek 10 Pomabamba to Chacas 122

Trek 11 Caraz to Yungay 127

Chapter 9 Central Highlands 131

Trek 12 Huasqui to Laguna Paca 133

Trek 13 Llocllapampa to Huarochiri 138

Trek 14 Puzapaqcha Waterfall 146

Trek 15 Luichumarka Maquette 149

Trek 16 Sondondo Circuit 151

Chapter 10 Cuzco 158

Trek 17 Cachiccata 161

Trek 18 Huchuy Cuzco 163

Trek 19 Q'eswachaca 168

Trek 20 Qoyllur Rit'i 173

Trek 21 Vilcanota to Carabaya 177

Trek 22 Choquequirao to Huancacalle 185

Trek 23 Huancacalle to Machu Picchu 192

Chapter 11 Arequipa 198

Trek 24 Cotahuasi Canyon 201

Trek 25 Cotahuasi to Valley of the Volcanoes 205

Trek 26 Valley of the Volcanoes to Colca 210

Chapter 12 Lake Titicaca and Cordillera Carabaya 217

Trek 27 Puente Jipata to Moho 221

Trek 28 Mono to Tilali 226

Trek 29 Allin Capac Lakes 231

Trek 30 Carabaya Traverse 237

Section III Appendices 245

Appendix A Resources 246

Appendix B Glossary 253

Appendix C Unit Conversion Table 257

Index 258

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