Cloud Road: A Journey Through the Inca HeartlandPaperback
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- Publisher: Parthian Books
- Format: Paperback | 350 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 30mm | 454g
- Publication date: 1 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: Cardigan
- ISBN 10: 1906998124
- ISBN 13: 9781906998127
- Illustrations note: col. Illustrations, ports.
- Sales rank: 415,707
In every atlas there is a country missing from the maps of South America: the Andean nation. For five months John Harrison journeys through this secret country, walking alone into remote villages where he is the first gringo the inhabitants have ever seen, and where life continues as if Columbus had never sailed. He lives at over 10,000 feet for most of the trip, following the great road of the Incas: the Camino Real, or Royal Road. Hand built over 500 years ago, it crosses the most difficult and dangerous mountains in all the Americas, diving into sweltering canyons and soaring up into the snows. 1500 miles, half of it on foot, takes him from the Equator to Cuzco and the most magical city of all: Machu Picchu. He is attacked, gets lost and is trapped by floods, but only when he goes home does he lose what he wants most.
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John Harrison is the author of "Where the Earth Ends."
"This is a must read for those who want to get below the surface and find out about the real Peru. ... [Harrison] brings to life the landscape he treks through... 4/5" -- Lonely Planet "...a lyrical and sharply observed account..." -- J. P. O' Malley "His writing is honest, raw and beautiful, on a par with Jonathan Raban and Oliver Sacks as a great travel writer." -- Gwales "[While] Cloud Road is a saddleful of laughs ... [Harrison] guides us elegantly through the politics of the Inca, Moche and Canari peoples..." -- New Welsh Review