Anyone who is interested in going to Peru or has read anything about Peru, knows that it is a place famous for its adventure hikes, high altitudes and various other tourist attractions. In this article we are going to go over some of the great adventure activities available for you to try on your trip to the great Southern American Country.
Machu Picchu is on the top of everyone’s list and it is a must-see when in Peru and there are two different ways to get there.
Firstly, there is hiking the Inca Trail, but if hiking is not your thing than you could also take the train or bus to Machu Picchu.
Along with the famous Inca track, there are also a number of other treks available that offer spectacular scenery, challenging walks and the final destination of Inca Citadel.
One of the most popular treks is the Salcantay Trek taking around five days of hard tiring work to reach Machu Picchu. Next there is the Choquieriou trek, passing spectacular mountains and lakes before reaching Machu Picchu four days later.
Most of the best mountain biking opportunities are around the Cusco region, where there are many different paved and single-track routes for you to use. Operators in Cusco offer half day to multi day trips so you will need to look on the internet to find one that interests you.
Just near Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, there is the Maras Moray bike route. Combining the beautiful and rarely visited Inca site of Moray and the Inca salt flats, this is an enjoyable day.
Some say that Peru has some of the best rafting in the world, especially in the central Andes, which is full of fast flowing rocky rivers perfect for rafting. In the south of Peru the Urubamba river (close to Cusco), the Apurimac River and the Cotahuasi (close to the Colca Canyon) are generally the best rivers for rafting.
Apart from rafting, Kayaking is also popular with tourists. Generally, kayaking is done on the more peaceful lagoons in places like Sandoval Lake in the Amazon Jungle region of Peru or on Lake Titicaca in Puno, but the vastness of the lake can be sometimes a bit daunting. Just south of Lima is the Paracas bay, which is also becoming popular kayaking destination.
Dune buggying and Sandboarding
Huacachina is located south of Lima on the edge of the desert. There are no important ancient sites here but over the past few years, Huacachina has become increasingly popular for Dune buggying and Sandboarding. Buggy tours can be found everywhere around Haccachina and for the adventure junkie this will be the tour for you. Sand boards can also be hired for a small cost. Sandboarding is fun for the whole family, but be aware the climb to the top of the dunes can be strenuous especially in the heat of the day, make sure you take a hat and sunscreen as the sun is very hot and can burn you.
Some believe Peru has some of the best surfing beaches in the world, with surfing opportunities all year, tubular, high peak and bell waves is common along most of the coast. Cabo Blanco, Lobito’s, Chicama (this beach has the longest wave in the world), Huanchaco, Pacasmayo and Los Organos are considered some of the best beaches in Peru and with various types of accommodation available to pass your surfing holiday, this could be the ultimate surf trip of a lifetime.
Paragliding adventures in Peru offer some spectacular locations, over the sea seems to be the most popular paragliding but there are also some amazing opportunities to glide over mountain scenery. On the coast of Lima, every day you will see people paragliding, there are many tour operators you can contact if you are interested in this adventure sport.
Peru is located in the Andes Mountain range-the second highest in the world. The Andes is perfect for all hikers from beginners to advance along. Peru’s unrivaled scenery makes the mountains a major draw card for mountaineers from all over the world. Some of the best climbing spots in Peru are at the Cordillera Blanca located in the Huascaran National Park, which features over six hundred glaciers. In addition, there is the Cordillera Volcanica, a range of peaks and volcanos near the city of Arequipa. Located near Cusco is the Cordillera Vilcabamba located between the Bilcabama and the Apruimac Rivers.
Adventures are not hard to find in Peru, with many different activities on offer, Peru is the perfect destination for your next adventure holiday.