Still, it all feels right. Later Eddie tells me that the view from the Sun Gate has, at times, moved him to tears, and I doubt they were tears of regret. Peru is far from spoiled; our merry band's second week in the wind-swept Andes will confirm this. Standing at the Gateway of the Sun, gazing out into a world of smashing blue, one could see Machu Picchu, and the world around it, as a Quechua pilgrim might have seen it. A place where one's spirit might soar.

Ken McAlpine, a frequent contributor to American Way, has also written for Sports Illustrated, Outside, and The Los Angeles Times.
Please scroll further down the page to read Ken McAlpine's Peru on the Run, a Silver award winner in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards competition. The article first appeared in the February 15, 2000 issue of American Way.


The Carnegie Club currently has 500 members from more than 30 countries. To join, you must apply to the club's membership committee. Annual dues are 3,525 pounds (approximately $5,000) and do not cover nightly room rates, which start at 800 pounds.

The following properties are affiliated with the Carnegie Club, but only Skibo Castle requires that you be a member of the Carnegie Club in order to stay there after your initial visit. Cherokee Plantation and Carnegie Abbey do, however, require separate membership.

Skibo Castle
Sutherland, Scotland
An elegant 12th-century castle, restored by Andrew Carnegie and improved by British businessman Peter de Savary, Skibo stands on several thousand acres of prime hunting and fishing grounds, and boasts one of the finest golf courses in Scotland. It is a 10-minute drive from Royal Dornoch, which ranks as one of the top 10 courses in the world.

Stapleford Park
Leicestershire, England
Stapleford Park is a refined country estate offering some of the finest hunting and fishing in all of England. A new championship golf course adds to the appeal for leisure sportsmen and women.

The London Outpost
Cadogan Gardens, London
This charming pied-à-terre within walking distance of Harrods, Knightsbridge, and King's Road has recently been restored to include priceless antiques and elegant works of art throughout, from the comfortable library to the airy conservatory.