Colin Thubron’s brilliant exploration of the psychological challenges of travelling, set within the exotic jungle of South America.
Deep in the Peruvian Andes, five ill-prepared travellers find themselves trekking through one of the most exacting and beautiful regions on Earth. Their destination is the 'lost city' of Vilcabamba, last refuge of the Inca against the Spaniards. This is a journey which may temper or destroy them. They must confront not only their relationships with one another, but also the enigmas of the country's past, the dangers of its present, and the limitations of their minds and bodies.