Carlisle's International Man of History is set to achieve a lifelong ambition with his next trip, which will take him to Machu Picchu in Peru. 

Eelyn Oliver has amassed a strong following over over 100,000 on his social media page International Man of History where he shares photos and facts about his visits to various historical sites across the world. 

In October, he will travel to South America for the trip of a lifetime, which will include a four-day Inca Trail through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu.

He is raising money for Dementia UK, and has already brought in over £600 via his JustGiving page

Eelyn said: "I love history and hiking, so the Inca Trail is something I have always wanted to experience. I've had a bit of trouble getting there though."

Eelyn helping out at a dig in NorthumberlandEelyn helping out at a dig in Northumberland (Image: Supplied)

A combination of the coronavirus pandemic, a stag do and his two children arriving has meant that Eelyn has been trying to tick Peru off his to-do list since 2018, but now he 'cannot wait' to make the journey later this year.

Eelyn with his sonEelyn with his son (Image: International Man of History)

Alongside close friend Jamie Roach, Eelyn will travel on October 9 to Cusco, which was once the capital of the Inca Empire. After a few days of acclimatisation, the hike will begin on October 15.

Eelyn said: "I've been told that the Inca Trail isn't particularly difficult, it is the altitude that can be a problem. The Trail is about 26 miles long and the highest part is 'Dead Women's Pass' which is almost 14,000 feet above sea level. That's almost half the height of Mount Everest and and four times higher than Scafell Pike."

The stunning views at Machu PicchuThe stunning views at Machu Picchu (Image: Supplied)

The dad-of-two plans to do plenty of walking in the Lake District ahead of his trip but nothing can really prepare him for the altitude in Peru. 

He chose to raise money for Dementia UK as it is a charity that is close to his heart. 

He concluded: "The choice of charity was easy, my grandmother has dementia and lots of families seem to have, or had, someone with it. It is a serious problem, and every donation helps."