In 1971 the celebrated traveller Patrick Leigh Fermor accompanied five
friends on a remarkable journey into the high Andes of Peru. His adventure
took him from Cuzco to Urubamba, on to Puno and Juli on Lake Titicaca, down
to Arequipa and finally back to Lima. The expedition was led by a writer
and poet and the party included a Swiss international skier and jeweller, a
social anthropologist from Provence and a Nottinghamshire farming squire -
all seasoned mountaineers. The other two participants - the author himself
and a botany-loving duke - were complete novices. As the group travelled
from Lima into increasingly remote parts of the country, Leigh Fermor
captured their experiences in a series of letters to his wife. Whether
recounting the thrill of crossing a glacier, the rigours of campsite life
under a blanket of snow, their lively encounters with locals or the
strangely moving sight of a lone condor circling in the sky, the author
vividly conveys the excitement of discovery and the intense uniqueness of
the land.

Patrick Leigh Fermor—Three Letters From The Andes

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