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Peru References:

Key to planning a good trip to Peru:

1. Define your interests, abilities and travel style (i.e., family, private, exploratory, adventure).

2. Find an agent who is a member of an organization like ASTA and who has years of experience traveling in the places you're interested in. Ask for references. The agent should have personal friends and associates in the country so that you have the option of visiting local communities to experience the real Peru.

3. Make a realistic budget.

4. Select a timeframe that is as flexible as possible so that flights and excursions can be easily accommodated.

5. Arrange excursions and private services (i.e. hire a good local guide).

6. Don't try to see everything in one trip.

7. Travel with only those committed to having a good time.

Primary Reference Books:

Avendaño, Xavier L., The Sacred Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima, Peru.

Jenkins, Dilwyn, The Rough Guide to Peru, Rough Guides, New York.

Salazar, Fernando E., Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Tankar Eirl, Cusco, Peru.

Wehner, Ross and Renee del Gaudio, Moon Handbooks: Cusco & Machu Picchu, Avalon Travel.

Wehner, Ross and Renee del Gaudio, Moon Handbooks: Peru, Avalon Travel.

Internet Resources:

Threads of Peru is a good online resource for information about Andean textile traditions and the making of natural dyes

Rainforest Conservation Fund has a good online rainforest primer and list of the useful and common plants