This Andean frolic involves Dervla Murphy, her nine-year-old daughter Rachel and Juana, an elegant mule, who together clambered the entire length of Peru. Beginning on the Peruvian border with Ecuador, the eight feet of mule, child and Dervla Murphy walked and rode to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, over 1300 miles to the south. With only the most basic necessities to sustain them, the intrepid journey was marked by extreme discomfort, occasional danger and even the temporary loss of Juana over a precipice. Yet mother and daughter alike were unflagging in their sympathetic response to the perilous beauty and impoverished people of the Andes.
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One of the most joyous, positive and poetic voyages - physical, spiritual and environmental ( Irish Independent)
This adventure is one of Dervla Murphy's best. She remains her humorous, modest, self-mocking self. ( Daily Telegraph)
A tone of exuberance and generosity dominates the book ... The reader's admiration is boundless ( Caroline Moorehead, The Spectator)
This is the best account I have read of travel on foot in the Andes. The appreciation for scenery and people and the sheer enjoyment of the journey makes Dervla Murphy one of our outstanding travel writers ( Traveller)
There is nothing so dramatic as mountains rising sheer from the plain ... and Dervla Murphy responds with more than the routine rapture of the professional travel writer ( Christopher Wordsworth, Observer)
Dervla Murphy is always an honest and endearing companion, so stout of heart and physique that she almost belittles her achievement ( Sunday Telegraph)
A fascinating tale of extreme travelling on foot and by mule in the high Andes.
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