A complete guide to this famous South American trail includes all planning information trekkers need to begin their hikes, including a special section, new to this edition, on the seven-to-ten day hike to Vilcabamba.
Updated 2018 edition. Detailed topographic map 1:75.000 for hiking and trekking, printed as an atlas book (with overlapping pages). Covers the varios trekking routes/Inca trails in the Cusco area leading to Machu Picchu, including the Vilcabamba trail, Salkantay/Mollepata trek, Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu, Santa Teresa trek, Huancacalle-Cachora via Choquequirao and other adjacent trails and paths. 20 meter contour lines, road network, trails & paths, transportation, food, campsites, shelters, guest houses & hotels. Mercator projection with both UTM and WGS84 coordinate grids. The map scale of 1:75000 (1 cm = 750 meters) provides a wealth of detail while keeping low the weight of the atlas itself. The large page format of 8.5x11in minimizes page count and along with an overlapping map design allows for comfortable navigation. The details included in the topographic maps of this atlas were specifically selected to be useful for trekkers, hikers and walkers of all interests, and make it easy to plan and enjoy both short excursions and hikes as well as long multi-day adventures along the main marked routes and/or adjacent trails and paths, which are also shown on the maps. With this ultralight atlas you will always have a detailed, reliable, information-rich, battery-independent, shatter-proof map for your adventure.
Guidebook to hiking and mountain biking in the Sacred Valley of Peru, including the Inca Trail. 40 routes (7 to Machu Picchu) visiting all major Incan sites discovered from Cusco, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Vilcabamba and in the remote region around Mount Ausangate. The routes are graded for difficulty, and most routes can be done on foot or by mountainbike and timings are given for each, as well as advice on whether it is preferable to undertake a particular route with a local guide or trekking agency, in the less well-known areas. The guidebook includes practical information on getting to and around the area, how to make the most out of any trip as well as plenty of background detail on the Incan history and places of interest explored on the routes. The Andes are the second highest mountain range in the world, after the Himalaya, but they have the most spectacular range of altitude - from 6000m down to just above sea level - making for some thrilling MTB descents on ancient Incan roads. The area also has a spectacular collection of ancient Incan sites, with new sites yet to be uncovered, and is still farmed by the direct descendants of the Incas, often seen in their colourful traditional dress in the local villages.
Author: Ruth M. Wright
Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
Release Date: 2004
"The best all around guide for those who've been or who are going to Machu Picchu . . . . Absolutely indispensable!"--Don Montague, president, South American Explorers. This revised edition includes newly discovered sites and full-color illustrations of real-life scenes from "National Geographic."
First published in the 1950s, this is a classic account of the discovery in 1911 of the lost city of Machu Picchu. In 1911 Hiram Bingham, a pre-historian with a love of exotic destinations, set out to Peru in search of the legendary city of Vilcabamba, capital city of the last Inca ruler, Manco Inca. With a combination of doggedness and good fortune he stumbled on the perfectly preserved ruins of Machu Picchu perched on a cloud-capped ledge 2000 feet above the torrent of the Urubamba River. The buildings were of white granite, exquisitely carved blocks each higher than a man. Bingham had not, as it turned out, found Vilcabamba, but he had nevertheless made an astonishing and memorable discovery, which he describes in his bestselling book LOST CITY OF THE INCAS.
Former Peru residents Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio cover the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the city of Cusco, and Peru's most popular destination, Machu Picchu. The husband-and-wife team offer their seasoned advice on can't-miss attractions, and offer unique trip ideas such as The Seven-Day Best of Cusco and Machu Picchu. Complete with tips on shopping in Pisac, hiking Huayna Picchu, and exploring the legendary "Lost City of the Incas," Moon Cusco and Machu Picchu gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Author: Gary R. Ziegler
Release Date: 2013-11-15
Genre: Social Science
Machu Picchu's Sacred Sisters shows how Inca monumental sites were carefully planned in accordance with astronomical alignments, and precisely placed in relationship to sacred rivers, mountains. It includes stories & notes from expedition journals interspersed with soundly researched & referenced facts, data & qualified interpretation.
Provides information for the walker to plan and enjoy hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, choosing from three routes taking from 2-7 days. This book includes advice on how to prevent and manage altitude sickness; background on Inca culture and the ruins; and advice on planning given changed Trail regulations.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu? In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent. Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?
• 30 detailed treks—from approachable 1–2 day walks to challenging, extended treks • Includes geography, geology, climate, culture, economy, and more • Detailed information on passports, communications, and other travel needs Among the most dynamic travel destinations in South America, Peru boasts a wealth of trekking opportunities through glaciated mountain ranges, cloud forests, and Amazon jungle. It features the world’s greatest ancient road, the world’s deepest canyon, and the world’s third-highest waterfall. The country’s 15,000-mile Inca road network, extensive archaeological remains, and rich living cultural traditions, combined with 50 million acres of protected natural parks and reserves, make Peru ideally suited to trekking-based travel adventure. Robert and Daisy Kunstaetter, trail-tested authors and adventurous expats, bring the high quality of work they are known for to bear on Peru’s excellent trekking options. This new, full-color guidebook features everything you’ll need to find and plan for treks in the country, including the necessary permits and documentation, cultural tips for responsible trekking, information on trekking infrastructure, maps, public safety, trail safety, staying healthy, and much more! Trekking Peru showcases nine different regions in the country, covering popular areas such as Cusco and Lake Titicaca but also less-traveled areas such as the Great Inca Road and more remote areas in the Central Highlands. The variety the Kunstaetters offer and their insights as locals in the region are what make this guide stand apart and prove especially useful.
Author: Alexander Stewart
Release Date: 2017-06
All-in-one guide for hiking the Inca Trail. Includes Lima and Cusco city guides, route guide and maps for Inca Trail, Choquequirao, Santa Teresa routes plus the Lares Trek and the Ausangate Circuit. Full Machu Picchu guide.
Each of the graded walks are presented against a background of cultural, historical and environmental information: village life, festivals, natural history and, importantly, low-impact ethical travel. Information on what to take, health and safety, local guides, and pack animals, along with many other topics make this guide indispensable.
The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate travel guide with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best attractions Peru has to offer. Discover the varied and exciting country of Peru whether exploring the breathtaking Machu Picchu, traversing a rainforest canopy walkway in one of the world’s richest jungles or hiking the Inca Trail, the Rough Guide to Peru makes sure you make the most out of your time in Peru. Packed with detailed, practical advice on what to see and do in Peru; this guide provides reliable, up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels in Peru, recommended restaurants in Peru, and tips on everything from shopping to festivals in Peru for all budgets. Featuring detailed coverage on a full range of attractions; from the Archbishops’ Palace and Nasca Lines, to the Valley of the Pyramids and scaling the Inca temple-fortress of Sacsayhuaman, you’ll find expert tips on exploring Peru’s amazing attractions with an authoritative background on Peru’s rich culture and history.Explore all corners of Peru with the clearest maps of any guide and practical Spanish language tips. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Peru.