The author describes her journey through the Andes with her nine-year-old daughter and a mule called Juana. Together they clambered the length of Peru, from Cajamarca on the border with Ecuador, to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, over 1300 miles to the south. With only the most basic necessities to sustain them, their journey was marked by extreme discomfort, occasional danger and even the temporary loss of Juana over a precipice. Yet throughout it all, mother and daughter retained an unflagging sympathy for the perilous beauty and impoverished people of the Andes. Dervla Murphy's other travel books include "Muddling Through In Madagascar" and "Cameroon With Egbert".
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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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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099847906