How to use the detailed guides

How to use the detailed guides

This is a short introduction as to how to navigate within the individual route guides. You can find much more extensive help here.

Selecting a route.

You can select a route in several ways. You may have come to it from the menu on the "routes" menu page, from which you have probably just come. Equally, many of the maps are interactive. The most immediate of these - flagged on menus as the "Interactive map: circuits of Perú" - shows all twenty-five routes, superimposed on a map of the country. An overview of each of these routes will flash up when you put you mouse over the area it covers. If you like what you see, then a click will take you to the route in question. In areas with extremely dense possibilities, such as the Huaraz region and around Cuzco, we also offer local interactive maps.

As well as these approaches, you may have come to a guide from the random image selector, which is found off the home page. Finally, all of the texts are heavily linked together and it is possible to leap around almost indefinitely without repeating oneself!

Using a route guide.

Each route guide has exactly the same format. You will see a very important vertical row of symbols on the left of the page, which is your master menu. It lets you jump out of the text to other destinations, prints the section out and allows you to exit from the application, amongst other things. Each symbol has a tool tip, so if you rest your mouse over the symbol, it changes colour and then indicates what it does.

The symbols vanish when you you scroll down and are replaced by a little arrowhead, which follows you wherever you go. Clicking on it restores the menu. Be careful of the cross symbol, as it terminates the guide. However, as you will know if you have read the help section, exit points are book marked, and you can jump back to where you left off by clicking on a dedicated button on the home page.

Each guide follows the same format. It has a header and brief description of what is on offer, and then a map of the region that it covers. The route is described in text with limited images, so that you can print it out and take it with you, if you wish. Printing is handled by the symbols on the left of the page, in this case using the circled P. There are, however, very important image thumbnails on the right of the text. These are gateways to photo essays, and clicking on them takes you to anything up to a hundred full screen, annotated images.

When you open such a photo essay, you may be at a loss as to how to go forward. However, will find that the top left hand corner of each image has four tiny blue icons. These are shown opposite, with a bit of a picture in the background for realism.

Reading from left to right, they take you:

  • Back one step
  • Back to the text
  • Provide information on what you are seeing
  • Jump you forward to the next picture.

The first and last pictures will, of course, take you back to the source text if you use the back or forward button, respectively.