Three Letters from the Andes, Paperback
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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, map and one or two drawings
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780719566851



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In 1971, Patrick Leigh Fermor, then in his mid 50s, went on holiday to Peru with a small group that included his friend Andrew, the Duke of Devonshire. Twenty years later, he published this book of the letters he sent to his wife from Peru describing the group's travels by train, truck and boat, as well as a 9-day trek though the Andes with eight ponies to carry their luggage.It's a small book of just over 100 pages; even three very long letters don't make for a long book.

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Combining the dash and verve of Paddy Leigh Fermor's correspondence with the illumination and brilliance of his prose, Three Letters from the Andes is a small, jewel-like star in the Fermor firmament.

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