Travel with Hugh

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


May 2015, 21st – 29th May 2015, a Tour of the Inca Heartland around Cusco, including Machu Picchu



‘Led by the author and broadcaster Hugh Thomson, this trip to Peru will allow a personal and very private insight into Peru’s extraordinary art and culture, staying in the finest Peruvian hotels along the way.

From experiencing the colour and vibrancy of a local music festival in full swing, to a private visit to Mario Testino’s pioneering MATE Foundation in Lima, this eight night journey provides a unique opportunity to experience new cultures, discover Peruvian art, and engage with the local Peruvian people.’

For details 


September 2014.   The Traveller (formerly British Museum tours)

Northern Peru:  Ancient Pre Inca Civilisations, September 23 Sep – 5 Oct 2014

“While Machu Picchu is the poster boy for Peru, the northern part of the country offers some of the greatest archaeological riches in the Americas. Travel along the desert coast, discovering Moche cities and pyramids that pre-date Inca civilization.  Travel with Hugh Thomson to explore northern Peru’s cloud forest that conceals a fortified, ceremonial city that rivals Machu Picchu in it scale and grandeur but does not have the crowds.”  see itinerary

The Traveller:   “Formerly the tour operating department at the British Museum, we are recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialists in cultural tours and historical and archaeological small group holidays.  Our long association and friendship with the British Museum and other leading academic institutions means we have an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour lecturers.”


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 .

He is currently planning a unique tour of Highland Peru to visit alpaca breeders in November 2014;  obviously of appeal to those who own some of the 10,000 alpaca in the UK, but also of interest to anyone intrigued,  like Kate Humble in her recent programme,  by how these wonderful animals live in the Andes and the tight bonds they have with their Quechua owners. Again, those with serious interest in going on this should contact Hugh direct.  And no, they won’t spit at us.  And yes, we will also visit Machu Picchu and experience the best of Peru along the way.


past treks include:


in May 2012: 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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