Peru

Description

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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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Trotter Peru | Lannoo
  • Veel aandacht voor praktische informatie als hotels en restaurants, maar ook beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden. Handig zijn de vele plattegronden: verrassend en verfrissend geschreven! - Het echte verhaal achter de klassieke trekpleisters - Tips om de verborgen parels buiten de platgetreden paden te verkennen - Verrassende anekdotes en... Read more
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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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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Peru | Rough Guides
  • Net als de Lonely Planet en Footprint een echte gids voor de rugzakker. Veel info over slapen, vervoer en eten, maar ook aandacht voor algemene aspecten van het land. The Rough Guide to Peru covers the country in-depth from the jawdropping attractions of the Macchu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon to Lima’s endlessly hip restaurant scene.... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Lonely Planet Peru
  • # 1 best-selling guide to Peru Lonely Planet Peru is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Trek the ancient Inca trail, puzzle over the mystery of the Nasca lines, wander the stone temples of Machu Picchu or indulge in local delicacies in Lima; all with your trusted... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Lonely Planet Peru
  • # 1 best-selling guide to Peru Lonely Planet Peru is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Trek the ancient Inca trail, puzzle over the mystery of the Nasca lines, wander the stone temples of Machu Picchu or indulge in local delicacies in Lima; all with your trusted... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Peru | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Lonely Planet Peru is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Peru Highlights
  • In 1973, Hilary and George Bradt were told about an old Inca road leading from Cusco s Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. They hiked it, explored the wayside Inca ruins, and published the first-ever description of the Inca Trail in 1974. Forty years later, this ground-breaking guide has been updated to include classic treks through all the great... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Peru Highlights
  • In 1973, Hilary and George Bradt were told about an old Inca road leading from Cusco s Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. They hiked it, explored the wayside Inca ruins, and published the first-ever description of the Inca Trail in 1974. Forty years later, this ground-breaking guide has been updated to include classic treks through all the great... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Moon Peru (Fifth Edition)
  • Your World Your Way! Once the ancient empire of the Inca, Peru still draws visitors with its blend of mystery, lively culture, and beautiful rugged landscape. Explore with Moon Peru.What You'll Find in Moon Peru:* Expert, local author Ryan Dube shares his perspective on his home country* Full-color guidebook with vibrant, helpful photos*... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Moon Peru (Fifth Edition)
  • Your World Your Way! Once the ancient empire of the Inca, Peru still draws visitors with its blend of mystery, lively culture, and beautiful rugged landscape. Explore with Moon Peru.What You'll Find in Moon Peru:* Expert, local author Ryan Dube shares his perspective on his home country* Full-color guidebook with vibrant, helpful photos*... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Dominicus Bolivia
  • Bolivia is geografisch een zeer gevarieerd land. In het westen wordt het landschap vooral bepaald door de hoge bergtoppen en vulkanen van het Andesgebergte, dat in het zuidwesten uitloopt in enorme zoutvlakten langs de grens met Chili. In het noorden en noordoosten van het land strekt zich het Amazonegebied uit als voortzetting van dat van... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Dominicus Bolivia
  • Bolivia is geografisch een zeer gevarieerd land. In het westen wordt het landschap vooral bepaald door de hoge bergtoppen en vulkanen van het Andesgebergte, dat in het zuidwesten uitloopt in enorme zoutvlakten langs de grens met Chili. In het noorden en noordoosten van het land strekt zich het Amazonegebied uit als voortzetting van dat van... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Peru and Bolivia (Engels) | Marco Polo
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. Marco Polo Peru and Bolivia is for travellers want to have fun and feel relaxed from the moment they arrive at their holiday destination. This new series will appeal to all types of... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Trail of Feathers
  • A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journey. Fascinated by the recurring theme of flight in Peruvian folklore, Shah sets out to discover whether the Incas really were able to fly like birds" over the jungle, as a Spanish monk reported. Or were they drug-induced... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Trail of Feathers
  • A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journey. Fascinated by the recurring theme of flight in Peruvian folklore, Shah sets out to discover whether the Incas really were able to fly like birds" over the jungle, as a Spanish monk reported. Or were they drug-induced... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Huancavalica
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • San Martin
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Chart 3084 - Ports on the Coast of Peru
  • Plans included:Bahia Pisco 1:100,000Matarani 1:10,000Admiralty standard nautical charts comply with Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations and are ideal for professional, commercial and recreational use. Charts within the series consist of a range of scales, useful for passage planning, ocean crossings, coastal navigation and entering... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cajamarca
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Huanuco
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tacna
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Admiralty Chart 3089 - Ports on the Coast of Peru
  • Plans included:Talara 1:15,000Punta Parinas to Punta Malacas 1:75,000Cabo Blanco 1:20,000Pacasmayo 1:75,000Pimentel 1:25,000Paita 1:30,000Caleta Lobitos 1:50,000Salaverry 1:15,000Admiralty standard nautical charts comply with Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations and are ideal for professional, commercial and recreational use. Charts within... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ancash
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Junin
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tumbes
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Peru: IGN Departmental Maps
  • Peru’s administrative departments on maps published by the country’s national survey organization, Instituto Geográfico Nacional, showing their administrative subdivisions, topography, road and rail networks, etc.As all the titles are printed on the same size sheets, their scales vary considerably given greatly different sizes of the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ayacucho
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • La Libertad
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ucayali
  • One of the titles in a series of maps of the administrative departments of Peru, with topography shown by altitude colouring and spot heights. Most maps also indicate cultivated areas. Scales vary considerably, given different sizes of the departments. Railways and four different types of roads and dirt tracks are shown, as well as local... 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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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Zuid
  • Al jarenlang de klassieke wandelreis in Peru! Op nauwelijks betreden Incapaden beleef je fantastische wandelavonturen in de Colca Canyon en de fameuze Inca-trail op weg naar Machu Picchu, met recht een van de zeven wereldwonderen. Verken schilderachtige dorpjes en maak kennis met hooglandindianen en hun kleurrijke kleding. Vaar over het... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Ecuador - Vogelreis
  • Er is geen land ter wereld met op zo'n klein oppervlak zo'n enorme afwisseling in natuur, landschap en cultuur als Ecuador. Amper zeven keer Nederland en daarmee een dwerg vergeleken met de buurlanden Peru en Colombia, biedt het tropisch regenwoud, nevelwouden, droog loofbos, mangroves, elfenbossen en páramo dat boven de 4000 meter ligt. Door... 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Brazilië - Vogelreis
  • De twee mooiste vogelgebieden gecombineerd in de nieuwe vogelreis naar Brazilië! Mata Atlantica is de kuststrook bij Rio de Janeiro, uniek vanwege de vele endemische vogelsoorten die hier voorkomen. Ook als je al vele keren in het Amazonewoud in Ecuador, Peru of Suriname bent geweest, ruim de helft van de soorten zal nieuw voor je zijn. Het... Read more
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