If you want an adventure-packed holiday, Peru is one of nature’s best playgrounds. Whether you are a beginner looking to liven up your holiday or a professional thrill-seeker, the diversity of Peru’s geography makes it ripe for adventure.
There are 3 main routes for trekking lovers. All of them can be included in your Peru travel plan.
The classic Inca Trail involves a 4-day hike through the stunning Andes scenery, up and down mountain passes. One of the best parts is getting the chance to explore otherwise inaccessible Incan ruins that rival Machu Picchu. A real highlight is Wiñay Wayna, a jaw-dropping Incan ruin made all the more stunning by its backdrop of emerald green mountains.
The altitude and hills make this a tough trek that is richly rewarded by your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring glory of Machu Picchu. The Classic Inca Trail route is 4 days but there is a shorter 2-day version for those with limited time or not prepared for the demands of the full trek. You still get to arrive at Machu Picchu by foot but enjoy the relative comfort of a hotel bed instead.
You will need to be reasonably physically fit and have spent a couple of days adjusting to the altitude in Cusco. You spend three nights in tents along the way, with just the stars and your fellow hikers for company. Although both hikes require good physical fitness, our friendly porters will carry your belongings, tents and all food. Our talented chefs will also whip up three delicious meals a day, catering to all dietary requirements including vegan options. You can be assured you will be well looked after.
Logistics for the Inca Trail
Your main luggage will remain at the hotel in Cusco and you need to pack only the necessary items that you think you will need. We will be happy to provide you with a packing list to make sure you don’t forget anything essential, just ask it to our travel advisors. Duffel bags will be provided at no extra cost and those will be carried by the porters that go with the group, so all you need to carry is your daypack.
This route is named after the 6,200m mountain which overlooks the trail. It takes roughly 5 days to complete, reaching a maximum altitude of 4,600m. You will explore terrains ranging from jungles to snow-capped mountains. It is also significantly less crowded than the Inca Trail, meaning that you have more of a chance to discover the unchanged beauty of the Peruvian Andes. The trek arrives in Aguas Calientes, where you will spend a night before reaching Machu Picchu in the early morning of Day 5.
Another alternative to the famous Inca Trail. It is a gentler option which allows you to explore local villages where it is possible to bump into local farmers and weavers. The trek typically takes 4 days and 3 nights, with two nights camping in tents and one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town beneath the Machu Picchu site. Day two of the trek involves an ascent up to over 4,200m, but you will be greeted with stunning views over the Andes landscape. You finish in Ollantaytambo, where you will take a train to Aguas Calientes, winding through verdant rainforest and past the Amazon River.
A visit to Machu Picchu is likely to be the highlight of your trip. But is also just scratching the surface of all the brilliant adventure activities in Peru! All of these activities are conducted with the help of well-qualified professional guides who are there to ensure you feel comfortable and safe throughout.
Proper thrill-seekers gravitate towards white water rafting for the unbeatable rollercoaster adventure of battling the raging swells of nature’s waterways. Cusco is located close to the Urubamba River, which offers rafting tours ranging in difficulty from gentle paddling for families or more thrills and spills for competitive adults!
Lima is surrounded by mountains and offers mountain biking to suit all abilities. The mountainous trails around Peru are well maintained and you can enjoy stunning views of Lima from afar as you zigzag your way down rugged mountains. For those who are looking for less of a heart-stopping thrill, you can also enjoy a gentle trundle along the coastal roads of Lima.
One of our favourite experiences in Peru is to spend a day kayaking in the serene blue waters of Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest lake, stretching all the way into Bolivia. The lake is so large that in one direction it stretches as far as the eye can see; look the other way and you can make out the snowcapped Andes mountains in the background. A kayaking day trip allows you to gently paddle along the lake and visit some quiet lakeside villages to soak up the beauty of Titicaca.
Peru has the best surfing in South America and there are plenty of places to catch some waves along the 1,500 miles of Pacific coastline. If you’re a beginner, it’s easy to learn to surf in Miraflores, an upscale suburb of sprawling Lima. Alternatively, head to La Herradura to take advantage of the tall waves and the beachside ceviche restaurants to quench your hunger after a hard day’s surfing.
If you take a trip to Miraflores in Lima, one of the first things you will notice is the parachutes drifting down off the cliffs. Accompanied by a qualified guide, you take a leap off the cliff and soar through the sky over the Pacific Ocean before gently landing on the beach. This is definitely one of the most picturesque places to parachute in Peru. The feeling of swooping through the air is unmatchable.
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