Travel with Hugh

Hugh on horseback. Note same old green fleece as in banner picture.




Peru Group Tour – Pre-Inca Civilisations 

Steppes Travel

Departing on:  30th June 2017


  • Explore Peru’s best pre-Inca historical sites with Peru expert Hugh Thomson
  • Visit the huge stone citadel of Kuelap, the largest in South America
  • Discover the UNESCO site of Chavin de Haunter dating back to 1200BC
  • Take in the spectacular mountain scenery of the Cordillera Blanca during day hikes

This should be a fabulous and exciting trip, which I’ve wanted to take people on for some years. I do hope you can join me.

For more details see the breakdown on Steppes Travel’s website


Private Trekking

Over the past fifteen years Hugh has led many trekking groups – usually on foot not horseback – to the Andes near Cusco, including destinations like Choquequirao and Espíritu Pampa:  he has worked with leading specialist travel companies like Steppes and Mountain Kingdoms.

He has occasionally also led and organised private groups, for which you would need:  minimum normally of 4 people, or becomes expensive per head;  allow about £2000 – 3500 per head , very much depending on itinerary;  to plan six months ahead or so, and aim to be there in dry season, April to November.  There are treks that also suitable for families.   Those with serious interest in going with a group should contact Hugh direct .


past treks include:

Cultural tour of the Sacred Valley near Cusco to include both famous and less known Inca sites

From Steppes / Oxford Alumni brochure

“Join the author of The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland and Cochineal Red: Travels through Ancient Peru on this in-depth journey through the Inca heartland of Cusco and the Sacred Valley developed specially for the Oxford Alumni Travel Programme, and open to all.

This trip takes in the Senor de Torrechayoc Festival in Urubamba, Sacred Valley, where the Senor’s cross is paraded as if it were an Inca Emperor and in preparation for the  festival of Qoyllurit’i . We will travel to rarely-visited ruins, enjoy spectacular views and learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Inca civilisation.”


And far too many other ones to list! – but have included many treks to Choquequirao, to Espiritu Pampa and of course to Machu Picchu itself by various routes.

  1. January 18th, 2012 at 05:50 | #1

    I discovered your Tequila Oil first and then the White Rock. I am now reading A Sacred Landscape. I traveled through Peru and Mexico and visited some of the sites that you have explored. I am now expecting a child and currently spending most of my time close to home. But, I feel I can continue to explore through your books.

    I find myself more and more interested in Inca/pre-Inca culture as I read on. I really am interested in how the Inca used Khipu. The most revelatory notion for me is that the Inca, just like dominant world powers today, were just the latest rulers on the scene; adapting what suited them and suppressing that which did not. Oh, and one last thing: After walking the Inca Trail and piling into the mess hall for dinner near MP I went alone to some traaced ruins just down the trail. I sat there as night fell, the fog rolled in, and it scared the shit out of me! Quite nice. Thank you for sharing your work.

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