The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Ruins, Scenery, Hiking Experience and the Inspiration

What makes the Inca Trail a magnet for hikers from all over the world?

Many countries have mountain ranges with beautiful scenery and Peru itself is richly blessed in this respect. However the scenery is only one of the elements responsible for the magic of the Inca Trail, not far from the Incas' capital Cusco. Can there be any walk anywhere in the world with such a combination of natural beauty, history and sheer mystery and with such an awe-inspiring destination? The various ruins along the way serve to heighten the hiker's sense of anticipation on approaching what is one of the outstanding sites in a new list of archaeological wonders of the world - Machu Picchu.

bullet point The Ruins on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Brief notes on the main archaeological sites that hikers see along the Incas' Trail and at the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, with photographs.

bullet point What is it like to Hike the Inca Trail?
A personal account of two treks seemingly an age (but in reality just eight years) apart and the changes in that period. As the Inca Trail or el Camino del Inca grows in popularity has the hike become any less of an adventure? Read my traveller's tales and find out.

bullet point Into the Fire
A thriller by Linda Davies set in London and Peru, featuring action and adventure on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu as well as perils in other places in Peru!

bullet point Inca Trail Guide Book and Site Guide
Details of the guide book Explore the Inca Trail, written by Jacquetta Megarry and myself, and an explanation of what this part of Peru means to me, my interest in the Inca civilization, and my motivation in compiling this web site.

bullet point Mysterious Machu Picchu and Peru
Additional sources of information on Machu Picchu, the Incas and Peru in general, lost civilisations, Thor Heyerdahl, Gene Savoy, other explorers, trekking the Inca Trail, companies and charity hikes, etc.

bullet point The Rise and Fall of Alberto Fujimori
The man who saved Peru from Sendero Luminoso and the MRTA and ended hyperinflation was forced to flee the country to avoid being implicated in the crimes of el Servicio de Inteligencia Nacional or SIN, the Peruvian National Intelligence Service (whose boss, Vladimiro Montesinos, inspired the character of Victor Maldonado in Into the Fire).


cover of the novel, Into the Fire set partly in the jungles and mountains of Peru.

The thriller with action on the Inca Trail and in Machu Picchu, now also available as an ebook new!.

cover of the book, Explore the Inca Trail

Explore the Inca Trail the 3rd edition of the guidebook with full details of the three main routes to Machu Picchu on foot.


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