Travel with Hugh
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.’
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.”
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:
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.