“A rollicking, true-life adventure tale, Eddy Ancinas’s Tracing Inca Trails tells the story of an epic horseback journey into the high Andes in Peru which tests the courage and resilience of three women friends.”
—Julia Flynn Siler, New York Times best-selling author of The White Devil’s Daughters and The House of Mondavi
Eddy Ancinas is an award-winning non-fiction author, an avid ski journalist and travel writer/photographer specializing in Argentina and Latin America, ski history and the California West. Eddy has lived a life of adventure and writes about it passionately.
Eddy’s latest book, Tracing Inca Trails, a true adventure story of an epic 7-day horseback journey with two women friends in the Peruvian Andes, was a Finalist for the 2022 Best Book Awards in Travel (Essays and Guides).
She has published articles on Argentina, Chile, and Perú in the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and LA Times, plus six editions of Fodor’s Argentina Guide.
Tales from Two Valleys: Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Eddy’s book on the history of two ski areas (now one: Alpine Meadows and Palisades-Tahoe), received the SKADE Award for outstanding works on regional ski history. Her story of a cattle roundup in Elko, Nevada, “Back in the Saddle,” won the 2010 Nevada Magazine Writers’ Contest.
Eddy and her gregarious Argentine husband raised their family in Squaw Valley. She is fluent in Spanish.
Eddy’s Travel Writing — Perú and Chile
“A Walk Through The Andes” | San Francisco Chronicle
“The Sacred Valley of the Incas” | Boston Globe
“Chilling out in Chile” | Los Angeles Times
“Her memoir of a sometimes harrowing, sometimes exhilarating trek through the Andes is a joy to read from start to finish.”
—Molly Giles, author of Wife with Knife and All the Wrong Places
EDDY ANCINAS and two of her women friends join a seven-day horseback trek in the Peruvian Andes that will take them on an ancient Inca trail—over a 15,000 foot pass and down into the jungle, where a train will stop and take them to Machu Picchu—however…
Eddy’s Travel Writing—Argentina
“Argentina—Paradise of Natural Beauty” | Los Angeles Times Magazine
Clip: Fodor’s Patagonia Guide-2009:
Argentina Lake District
Clip: Fodor’s Argentina Guide (ed. 1-6): Andean Patagonia
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“…a great piece of writing that chronicles an extraordinary story about bigger-than-life, over-the-top movers and shakers in your two valleys. I’ve read a number of mountain resort histories, and yours is the best by far.“
——Tom Corcoran, Member 1958 and 1960 U.S. Olympic Ski Team, member of the United States Ski Hall of Fame, and chairman of the National Ski Areas Association.
The 1960 Olympics put Squaw Valley and all of North Lake Tahoe on the map. Alpine Meadows was the first of many areas to follow.
But who were the visionaries who saw the potential in these two remote valleys beginning in the 1930s?
Why did they ultimately lose control of their dreams to build a ski resort?
How did these two adjacent valleys become two (now one) of the best-known ski areas in North America?