She Hikes the Inca Trail...
Marissa is a Journeywoman
living in Ottawa, Canada. When planning her 4-day Inca
Trail trek in Peru, she asked the readers of the Journeywoman
Network if any other women had done this trek and whether
they could offer advice based on their experiences. Marissa
promised to report back to all our readers and tell them
what she had learned. In this way we would all benefit
from Journeywoman's collective wisdom. Marissa writes,
"my female-centered research started
with this note that was included in Journeywoman's monthly
travel tip newsletter."
to go on a 4-day Inca Trail trek in Peru. I'm 60 years
old and in reasonably good shape. I would love to hear
from other members who've been on the Inca Trail. Any
tips they can share with me will be appreciated. Please
send me an email.
newsletter went out and the international response from
our network was immediate. Everybody sent advice that was
extremely helpful. This is a copy of the first email I sent
back to Evelyn Hannon, editor of Journeywoman.com:
The response to my question has been phenomenal! I've
received about 20 e-mails so far with all kinds of tips
and info. A lot of them invited me to e-mail them with
any questions I may have, and a woman from Vancouver
even offered to call me to share her experience on the
trail - an offer I couldn't refuse; we had a good conversation,
and she answered all the questions I had. I may even
end up with future travel companions. Bonus! All in
all, I'm impressed, and thankful!
emails kept coming and coming and coming. This is a copy
of the second email I sent to the Journeywoman office.
Phew!!! I have compiled, as best I could, tips, info
and comments I got from more than 40 members. What an
amazing response! I'm very thankful to all of them for
taking the time to share their experience with me. Some
offered to talk to me over the phone, which resulted
in more detailed and extremely valuable information.
I must emphasize, though,
that the list is strictly taken out of the e-mails I received,
and phone conversations. I have not been to the Inca Trail
yet - - I'm going to Peru later this month -- so none
of the information and comments come from my personal
experience and, therefore, I waive any responsibility.
I hope other members will benefit from the following list
and use it as a guideline for their own particular research.
Please click here to
read everyone's suggestions and tips