Peru

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Located on the west coast of South America, facing the Pacific Ocean lies Peru. Dominant feature is the Andes mountain range, running parallel to the coast, in a roughly north-south direction. Geographically, Peru can be divided in three: a narrow coastal strip in the west, a vast area of Amazon tropical rainforest in the east and northeast, and in between the highlands of the Andes with its Altiplano, glaciers, lakes, remote valleys and snowy peaks including Peru's highest: Huascaran (6768 m).

Peru's most famous and popular hiking trail is the 4-day Inca Trail from Chillca to Machu Picchu. So popular in fact, that the government has put a limit to the number of travelers allowed on the trail each day, so you need to book through a licensed touroperator months in advance to get a permit, guide, porters etc. Yet, it remains a beautiful trail through stunning high altitude scenery, past Inca monuments and ruins, culminating in the final destination of ancient Machu Picchu.

Trying to avoid the crowds, a number of alternative trails to Machu Picchu have emerged. There is the Salkantay trail, 5 days and slightly more demanding. Another option is the more strenuous 8-day trail from Cachora via Choquequirao to Machu Picchu. Whichever trail you choose, the city of Cusco is your central starting point, home base of most local operators, and the place to acclimatize to high altitude for a day or two before setting out. Some other treks in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area are the Lares Valley trek, the Vilcabamba trek, the Ancascocha trek, the Huchuy Qosqo trek, and the Ausangate circular trek.

But Peru has more to offer. Another wonderful area for hiking are the Cordillera Blanca of Huaraz, further north. Most popular here is the 5-day Santa Cruz trek, and there is the more strenuous 12-day Alpamayo trek. In the same area you will find the Cordillera Huayhuash trek. Another possibility is the region around Arequipa, featuring the volcano El Misti (5830 m) and the Colca Canyon.

Long distance hiking in Peru means camping en route, and high altitudes to which you need to acclimatize for a few days before setting out.

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Rate 9.0 | 1 vote | No 1. in South America
  • Miguel
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Undeniably an excellent hiking destination with breathtaking Andean scenery, which includes the curious llamas and alpacas and also shy vicuñas and viscachas. From Huascaran to Ausangate I have some of the best solo trekking memories ever.
  • Negative It could be a bit safer for the independent hiker. People walking around one's tent at night, presumably looking for equipment left outside contributes to somewhat stark moments when alone at over 4,500m. Sadly, frequent pickpocketing in towns and even villages is not unheard of. Even locals advise against camping within the vicinity of certain remote spots.
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Peru | Dutch Uncle
  • Dit boek geeft de beleving van Peru weer. Je leest o.a. over meer dan 50 bezienswaardigheden in Peru, die ondersteund worden door indrukwekkende foto's en inspirerende citaten van reizigers. Wanneer je door dit boek bladert, blader je door Peru. Laat je onderdompelen in de cultuur van de Inca's; inspireren door Machu Picchu en verbazen door de... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Footprint Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Handbook
  • Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador is a route for thrill-seekers! Footprint's 3rd edition Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Handbook will take travellers off the usual 'Gringo Trail' to truly discover what this exhilarating region has to offer. The Amazon, the Andes and adventure, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador has it all by the bucket load. Whether travellers fancy... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Footprint Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Handbook
  • Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador is a route for thrill-seekers! Footprint's 3rd edition Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Handbook will take travellers off the usual 'Gringo Trail' to truly discover what this exhilarating region has to offer. The Amazon, the Andes and adventure, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador has it all by the bucket load. Whether travellers fancy... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Rough Guide to Peru
  • The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate travel guide with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best attractions Peru has to offer. Discover the varied and exciting country of Peru whether exploring the breathtaking Machu Picchu, traversing a rainforest canopy walkway in one of the world's richest jungles or hiking the Inca Trail, the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Rough Guide to Peru
  • The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate travel guide with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best attractions Peru has to offer. Discover the varied and exciting country of Peru whether exploring the breathtaking Machu Picchu, traversing a rainforest canopy walkway in one of the world's richest jungles or hiking the Inca Trail, the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Reise Know-How Kauderwelsch Spanisch f r Peru - Wort f r Wort
  • Die Sprachf hrer der Kauderwelsch-Reihe orientieren sich am typischen Reisealltag und vermitteln auf anregende Weise das n tige R stzeug, um ohne l stige B ffelei m glichst schnell mit dem Sprechen beginnen zu k nnen, wenn auch vielleicht nicht immer druckreif. Besonders hilfreich ist hierbei die Wort-f r-Wort- bersetzung, die es erm glicht,... Read more
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Belgium
  • Reise Know-How Kauderwelsch Spanisch f r Peru - Wort f r Wort
  • Die Sprachf hrer der Kauderwelsch-Reihe orientieren sich am typischen Reisealltag und vermitteln auf anregende Weise das n tige R stzeug, um ohne l stige B ffelei m glichst schnell mit dem Sprechen beginnen zu k nnen, wenn auch vielleicht nicht immer druckreif. Besonders hilfreich ist hierbei die Wort-f r-Wort- bersetzung, die es erm glicht,... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Peru & Bolivien
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Erleben Sie mit MARCO POLO Peru und Bolivien intensiv vom Dschungel Amazoniens bis zur höchstgelegenen Stadt der Welt - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in Peru und Bolivien an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben der mystischen Inka-Ruinenstadt... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Footprint Handbook Peru
  • Whether you want to experience the wild nightlife of Lima or the exotic wildlife of the jungles of Manu and Tambopata, surf at one of the world's top breaks or discover lost Inca cities high in the Andes, Footprint's eighth edition of the highly acclaimed Peru Handbook will show you how. The ultimate guide to getting off the Gringo Trail, the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Footprint Handbook Peru
  • Whether you want to experience the wild nightlife of Lima or the exotic wildlife of the jungles of Manu and Tambopata, surf at one of the world's top breaks or discover lost Inca cities high in the Andes, Footprint's eighth edition of the highly acclaimed Peru Handbook will show you how. The ultimate guide to getting off the Gringo Trail, the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • National Geographic reisgidsen - National Geographic reisgids Peru
  • National Geographic Reisgids Peru is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land. Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • National Geographic reisgidsen - National Geographic reisgids Peru
  • National Geographic Reisgids Peru is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land. Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Peru
  • The DK Eyewitness Peru travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer. Whether you're trekking the ancient Inca Trail or getting to know the locals on a homestay in Cusco, this guide provides all the insider tips every visitor needs, with comprehensive listings of the best hotels, restaurants and shops for... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Peru
  • The DK Eyewitness Peru travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer. Whether you're trekking the ancient Inca Trail or getting to know the locals on a homestay in Cusco, this guide provides all the insider tips every visitor needs, with comprehensive listings of the best hotels, restaurants and shops for... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Peru is the heart of the Andes and home to the driest desert in the world. This is the only guide for free-spirited travellers who want to get beyond both the Gringo and the Inca trails with detailed accounts of the best off-the-beaten-track sites. Activity-packed for thrill-seekers visiting the country, Footprint Peru takes you surfing, white... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Peru
  • Peru is the heart of the Andes and home to the driest desert in the world. This is the only guide for free-spirited travellers who want to get beyond both the Gringo and the Inca trails with detailed accounts of the best off-the-beaten-track sites. Activity-packed for thrill-seekers visiting the country, Footprint Peru takes you surfing, white... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Spirit Work, Too
  • Join Cedar Branches and Diane Carol Mark as they venture together to Peru where they create this sequel to the original Spirit Work story.Ever imagine living a life of freedom, only answering to the call of Spirit? Follow along with Diane and Cedar as they share a Spirit-guided journey, conducting ceremonies and bringing harmony to an... Read more
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  • Spirit Work, Too
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Peru - Ecuador IGN
  • Un grand nombre d?informations touristiques et routières, pour une carte que vous trouverez très vite indispensable lors de votre voyage. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Germany
  • MARCO POLO Kontinentalkarte Peru, Kolumbien, Venezuela 1:4 000 000
  • Entdecken Sie mit dieser MARCO POLO Karte das Land der Extreme . . . Die Karten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare, neue Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Highlightsternen gekennzeichnet und... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cusco & Peru South ITMB
  • Cusco region at 1:110,000 on a double-sided map from ITMB with street plans of Cusco and Aguas Calientes, an enlargement for the Inca Trail and a plan of the ruins at Machu Picchu, plus on the reverse a road map of southern Peru and a street plan of central Lima.On one side is a detailed map at 1:110,000 of the Cusco region, with altitude... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Cuzco Region - Cuzco & Peru South | ITMB
  • Cusco region at 1:110,000 on a double-sided map from ITMB with street plans of Cusco and Aguas Calientes, an enlargement for the Inca Trail and a plan of the ruins at Machu Picchu, plus on the reverse a road map of southern Peru and a street plan of central Lima.On one side is a detailed map at 1:110,000 of the Cusco region, with altitude... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 0/3c Alpenvereinskarte Cordillera - Huayhuash - Peru | Alpenverein
  • Zeer gedetailleerde kaarten: wandelroutes hebben naar gelang de zwaarte onderscheidende markeringen, gletsjerpassen staan aangegeven en de verschillende soorten hutten zijn ingetekend. De grondlaag van deze kaarten wordt gevormd door topografische kaarten, waardoor deze kaarten heel waardevol zijn voor elke beginnende en gevorderde wandelaar of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Peru - Ecuador | Nelles Verlag
  • Nelles Map Peru Ecuador 1:2 500 000 ab 9.9 EURO Including Galapagos Islands. SPECIAL MAPS: Cusco/Machu Picchu - Inca Trail - Nasca Lines - Trekking Maps. CITY MAPS: Cusco - Central Lima - Arequipa - Ayacucho - Trujillo - Cuenca - Guayaquil - Otavalo - Quito Nelles Map. Ausgabe 2018 Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Peru Borch
  • Laminated, waterproof tourist map of Peru with street plans of Lima, Cuzco, Arequipa, Ayacucho and Trujillo, plus plans of the main archaeological sites. The map is double-sided, dividing the main part of the country north/south at 1:1,750,000, with the Amazon region shown at 1:2,500,000. Bold hill-shading indicates the relief, with selected... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Peru | Borch
  • Laminated, waterproof tourist map of Peru with street plans of Lima, Cuzco, Arequipa, Ayacucho and Trujillo, plus plans of the main archaeological sites. The map is double-sided, dividing the main part of the country north/south at 1:1,750,000, with the Amazon region shown at 1:2,500,000. Bold hill-shading indicates the relief, with selected... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Wandelreis
  • Ervaar de weidsheid van de Andes vanaf de Patapampa op 4910 meter hoogte. Vulkanen als Sabancaya, Ampato, Misti, Chachani, Pichu Picchu, Ubinas en de gedoofde Chucura laten zich bewonderen. In de Andes in zuid Peru heeft de rivier Colca de op een na diepste canyon van Peru uitgesleten. In de omgeving van deze peilloze diepte van de Colca canyon... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Andes en Amazone
  • Spectaculair en zeer gevarieerd fietsavontuur in Peru door de prachtige Heilige Vallei naar het ongelooflijke Amazone-regenwoud. We zitten niet alleen op de mountainbike, maar trekken ook te voet over de legendarische Inca Trail naar Machu Picchu, spectaculair werelderfgoedlocatie hoog in de Andes. Een reis voor liefhebbers die op zoek zijn... Read more
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