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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."

I'm planning 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.


The Journeywoman 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


Hi Evelyn:
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!



And the emails kept coming and coming and coming. This is a copy of the second email I sent to the Journeywoman office.


Hi Evelyn:
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





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