On foot to Machu Picchu On Foot to Machu Picchu takes you on a personal journey along a remote, little used Inca Trail in the Andes to reach the ancient city.
Author Sharon McKee describes herself as an unlikely trekker. Although she loves exploring new places she is not a fan of camping and prefers home comforts like hot running water and toilets. After being diagnosed with breast cancer though she is inspired to do a charity trek. The adventure in the Andes turns out to be a challenge in more ways than one.
This book shares with reader pre trip fears, from being in an all female group of 14 strangers, to dealing with a high altitude, challenging route, and takes you along all of the highs and lows of the journey. Sharon describes her personal experience of this once in a life time trip, including suffering from altitude sickness, getting a taste for coca leaf tea, trekking through the remote and spectacular Lares Valley, meeting the indigenous people whose way of life hasn't changed for hundreds of years, finding friends in the most extreme of circumstances, and finally reaching the awe inspiring ancient Inca city.
Part travelogue, part memoir this book aims to give an insight into what undertaking this kind of challenge is like, especially for a somewhat inexperienced and unlikely trekker, and about the mystery and magic of Machu Picchu and the Incas.