Adventure Travel in Peru
Adventure travellers often seek out countries that are known for their adventure activities, like the United States for its skiing, or Nepal for the mountain climbing or some European countries for the rafting. But did you know that there are some Latin American countries that are also known for their adventures?
When we think of Peru we think of the world famous Machu Picchu, thousands flock to the ancient site every year to see and marvel at the Inca citadel. Most go by luxury train from the Inca city of Cusco. But did you know that you can also walk to Machu Picchu? Adventurers from all over the globe come to Peru every year to hike the famous Inka Trail. The trail is four days of hard work, you will walk up mountains that will take your breath away-literally-then back down trails that feature steps. However, the rewards are well worth the pain, with the hike featuring many fascinating Inca ruins along the way. Pass some of the most spectacular mountain peaks in the Andes mountain range before arriving into Machu Picchu.
Not only is there the Inca Trail to experience, but there are also many other treks that are worth your time like the Lares trek which also finishes in Machu Picchu, this one is for the true trekkers among you. This is seven days of pure trekking but the mountain scenery will be worth the effort.
Close to Peru’s second city, Arequipa, is one of the largest canyons in World, the Colca Canyon. Surrounded by the natural beauty and high Peaks of the Andes, the canyon features many treks available that take around three days. If you think going down into the base of the Canyon is hard work, wait until you have to climb back up. The scenery is spectacular, but the trail gets a little chilly so remember to take your woollies. The canyon is the best place to see condors in Peru in their natural environment. When viewing the canyon from one of the many viewpoints at the top of the Canyon, the majestic birds will soar above, close enough to get some wonderful photos.
In the centre of the dry coastal desert in southern Peru, is the small town of Nazca. There is not much here to except, other than to enjoy the lovely dry climate by one of the many swimming pools in town and enjoy a nice break from your adventure travel in Peru. The thing that everybody comes to see here is the mystical Nazca Lines. The best way to see the lines is by small aircraft, this way you will see many of the lines and the pilot of the plane with point them out to you. This flight is not for the faint of heart as it dips and turns for everybody to get the best view, so do not eat breakfast before you go as you will see it again. The Nazca Lines mystery still continues to this day with scientists yet to discover who made the lines and for what purpose.
Travel inland from Lima in the Andes and you will arrive at Huaraz, famous all over the world as one of the best places in South America for mountain climbing. Located in the Andes, Huaraz has some of the best climbing peaks in South America. The natural beauty of Huaraz makes your climbing experience even more special. There are many companies in Peru that specialize in mountain climbing, so be sure to do some research online.
When visiting the Cusco region, travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and do some white water rafting, the rivers in the Valley are excellent for this adventure sport. Take a day tour from Cusco or do a three-day tour which will take you to several different rivers. This is one for the adrenaline junkies so take your sense of adventure with you.
On any adventure tour in Peru, you will not have to sacrifice your luxury. Peru is full of luxury hotels where you can stay, from large hotel chains to small boutique properties. Some of the hotels are housed in ancient Spanish Colonial Buildings and have been restored to their former glory. If you are not staying in one of these hotels, take the time to visit them, as the antiques and art collections are truly amazing.
Deciding on the best time to travel to Peru month by month will depend on the activity that you want to enjoy. For example, hiking to Machu Picchu is best done in the dry season which is May to October, but these months sell out six months in advance so you will need to book early.
So as you can see Peru should be on your list of adventure destinations, so book your trip today.