Inca Trail, Cusco and Machu Picchu, 4th : Includes Santa Teresa Trek, Choquequirao Trek, Vilcabamba Trail and Lima City Guide

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-18
  • Publisher: Trail Blazer Pubns
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Fully rewalked, revised and rewritten 4th edition

Author Biography

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

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
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)
The Incas
Pre-Inca civilizations, In the beginning, Pre-ceramic peoples,
The Initial Period, Chaviacute;n, 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
History, Arrival, Getting around, Orientation, Services,
Where to stay, Where to eat and drink,
What to see, Shopping, Moving on
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)
Minimum Impact & Safe Trekking
Minimum impact trekking, Environmental impact 160 - Economic impact, Cultural impact, Safe trekking, Safety in the hills, Health in the hills
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 Espiacute;ritu Pampa, Espiacute;ritu Pampa to Chaunquiri),
The Santa Teresa Trail, The Choquequirau Trail
Machu Picchu
The Lost City?, Practicalities, History, A guide to the ruins, Moving on
Quechua and Spanish words and phrases,
Peruvian embassies,
Train timetables,
Peruvian tour agencies licensed for the Inca Trail
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