Travel with Hugh

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






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:  obviously of appeal to those. like Hugh, 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:

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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