Following Ghosts in Northern Peru

About the Book

In the 1800s the only trade route linking Peru's Pacific coast with the Amazon was the Moyobamba Route, so called because that was one of the main towns in the Amazon region. The route ran from Trujillo on the coast to Yurimaguas on the Huallaga River (one of the main branches of the Amazon). Most of the route was traveled by mule except for a small section at the end that was done on foot with native porters and then by canoe. Better trade routes opened up further south around 1900 but the Moyobamba Route continued to be traveled by adventurers for a few more decades. During the 1800s and early 1900s many travelers wrote books or other accounts of their journey on the Moyobamba Route, starting with the British Navy Lieutenant Henry Lister Maw, who traveled through here in 1827-28.

From Ocotber to December I followed the Moyobamba Route - or at least as much as possible. The modern roads don't go exactly where the old mule trails were. I visited the old towns along the way and in a few places I was able to walk on the actual old Moyobamba Route. After that I traveled north-to-south through the Andes of northern Peru visiting historical towns along the way. As I write this in early March (2018) I am in Colombia but will shortly venture back down to northern Peru to visit a few places that I missed in my earlier visit.

My book follows the old routes mixing stories and observations from the historical travelers with my own today as I travel from place to place. There are many fascinating characters and interesting tales along this old mule trail. I plan to self-publish the book on around July or August of 2018. It will be available as both a Kindle eBook and as a standard paperback (the marvels of on-demand printing). So check back here for details.

I made maps of the original planned intinerary and, with a few minor differences, that is the route I took in my October to December trip.

Excerpts from the Book - click here.

Photos Along the Way

Early in the journey I posted some pictures along the way. Since then I've been concentrating more on writing. When the book is published I'll create a website with photos for all the chapters. Click here to go to the photo section.

I don't know where I'm going ...
but I'm on my way.

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
- Walt Whitman