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.

Trails

Regions

Mountains

Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Moon Peru (4th ed)
  • This full-color guide to Peru includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps.Lima resident Ryan Dubé (along with helpful Machu Picchu expert Ben Westwood) offers an insider's view of Peru, from exploring the churches and artisan neighborhoods of Cusco to avoiding the crowds at Machu Picchu and picnicking on the wilderness beach of Reserva... Read more
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Belgium
  • Moon Peru (4th ed)
  • This full-color guide to Peru includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps.Lima resident Ryan Dubé (along with helpful Machu Picchu expert Ben Westwood) offers an insider's view of Peru, from exploring the churches and artisan neighborhoods of Cusco to avoiding the crowds at Machu Picchu and picnicking on the wilderness beach of Reserva... 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
  • Stories from Iquitos
  • Iquitos, Peru at the headwaters of the Amazon has been my stomping grounds since 1999 when I was captured by the Mayoruna Indians (Cat People). I built a retirement crate at the International Shaman s Conference to study ayahuasca, walked from Iquitos to Nauta along the carretera when it was a jungle path, have had my share of scrapes with the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Stories from Iquitos
  • Iquitos, Peru at the headwaters of the Amazon has been my stomping grounds since 1999 when I was captured by the Mayoruna Indians (Cat People). I built a retirement crate at the International Shaman s Conference to study ayahuasca, walked from Iquitos to Nauta along the carretera when it was a jungle path, have had my share of scrapes with the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Trekking in Peru: 50 of the Best Walks and Hikes
  • This is the most comprehensive, user-friendly trekking guide to Peru available. Peru`s mountains offer the most varied and dramatic treks in South America with the added attraction of Pre-Columbian ruins along the way. Celebrating 40 years of Bradt, this unique guidebook is based on the Peru section of the very first Bradt guide. All the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Trekking in Peru
  • This is the most comprehensive, user-friendly trekking guide to Peru available. Peru's mountains offer the most varied and dramatic treks in South America with the added attraction of Pre-Columbian ruins along the way. Celebrating 40 years of Bradt, this unique guidebook is based on the Peru section of the very first Bradt guide. All the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Trekking in Peru
  • This is the most comprehensive, user-friendly trekking guide to Peru available. Peru's mountains offer the most varied and dramatic treks in South America with the added attraction of Pre-Columbian ruins along the way. Celebrating 40 years of Bradt, this unique guidebook is based on the Peru section of the very first Bradt guide. All the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Trekking in Peru | Bradt Travel Guides
  • This is the most comprehensive, user-friendly trekking guide to Peru available. Peru's mountains offer the most varied and dramatic treks in South America with the added attraction of Pre-Columbian ruins along the way. Celebrating 40 years of Bradt, this unique guidebook is based on the Peru section of the very first Bradt guide. All the... Read more
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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
2015
  • Rough Guide - Peru
  • The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating country, with full-color maps and detailed coverage of all its regions. Discover Peru's highlights with expert information on everything from hiking the Inca Trail and wildlife-spotting in the Amazon rainforest to shopping for souvenirs in vibrant markets and seeking out... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Rough Guide - Peru
  • The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating country, with full-color maps and detailed coverage of all its regions. Discover Peru's highlights with expert information on everything from hiking the Inca Trail and wildlife-spotting in the Amazon rainforest to shopping for souvenirs in vibrant markets and seeking out... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
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Netherlands
  • Trail of Feathers paperback
  • Enthralled by the chronicle of a 16th-century Spanish monk, which said that the Incas 'flew like birds' over the jungle, and by the recurring theme of flying in Peruvian folklore, Tahir Shah set out to discover whether the Incas really did fly or glide above the jungles of Peru. Or was it flight of a different kind, inspired by powerful drugs?... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Trail of Feathers paperback
  • Enthralled by the chronicle of a 16th-century Spanish monk, which said that the Incas 'flew like birds' over the jungle, and by the recurring theme of flying in Peruvian folklore, Tahir Shah set out to discover whether the Incas really did fly or glide above the jungles of Peru. Or was it flight of a different kind, inspired by powerful drugs?... 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
  • Peru and Brazil
  • Journey through various regions of Peru and Brazil with Bill and Becky Rowley as they share their first 5 years of working with Believer’s Bridge. Over 200 photos depicting life in both well known and off the beaten path areas of Peru and Brazil.Minimal, but detailed descriptions provide information while allowing maximum visual... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Peru and Brazil
  • Journey through various regions of Peru and Brazil with Bill and Becky Rowley as they share their first 5 years of working with Believer’s Bridge. Over 200 photos depicting life in both well known and off the beaten path areas of Peru and Brazil.Minimal, but detailed descriptions provide information while allowing maximum visual... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Here
  • There is a region south of Lima, Peru, that I visited in the spring of 2013. A highway divides a narrow strip between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Small communities and farms dot the arid landscape. At first glance it appears poor, weather-beaten, and endlessly fascinating in its subtleties. When I quiet my mind, I'm surprised by my... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Here
  • There is a region south of Lima, Peru, that I visited in the spring of 2013. A highway divides a narrow strip between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Small communities and farms dot the arid landscape. At first glance it appears poor, weather-beaten, and endlessly fascinating in its subtleties. When I quiet my mind, I'm surprised by my... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
1996
  • Peru
  • Peru, dessen Landschaft zu den wildesten Schönheiten der ganzen Erde zählt, wurde zu Beginn der 90er Jahre arg gebeutelt: Cholera und bürgerkriegsähnliche Zustände ließen den Fremdenverkehr des in den 80er Jahren zum Tourismusmagneten avancierenden Landes nahezu an den Nullpunkt sinken. Mittlerweile konnte die Krankheit erfolgreich bekämpft,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
1996
  • Peru
  • Peru, dessen Landschaft zu den wildesten Schönheiten der ganzen Erde zählt, wurde zu Beginn der 90er Jahre arg gebeutelt: Cholera und bürgerkriegsähnliche Zustände ließen den Fremdenverkehr des in den 80er Jahren zum Tourismusmagneten avancierenden Landes nahezu an den Nullpunkt sinken. Mittlerweile konnte die Krankheit erfolgreich bekämpft,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Machu Picchu - Peru | Moon Travel Guides
  • Uitstekende Amerikaanse reisgids van uitgever Moon. De gids is vergelijkbaar met Lonely Planet en Rough guide en is voor de backpacker - zelfstandige reiziger geschreven; toch is deze door de grote mate van details en achtergronden geschikt voor alle reizigers! De gids onderscheidt zich door gedegen en uitgebreide achtergrondinformatie over... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2008
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Peruvian Wildlife
  • This full-colour guide to the wildlife of the High Andes in Peru will appeal to the ardent wildlife enthusiast, curious tourist and armchair traveller alike. Some of the hotspots covered are Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Inca Trail, the Avenue of the Volcanoes in Ecuador, and Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. With... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2008
  • The Bradt Travel Guide Peruvian Wildlife
  • This full-colour guide to the wildlife of the High Andes in Peru will appeal to the ardent wildlife enthusiast, curious tourist and armchair traveller alike. Some of the hotspots covered are Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Inca Trail, the Avenue of the Volcanoes in Ecuador, and Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. With... Read more
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Maps

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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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
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 | 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Zuid-Peru
  • 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 - Incatrail naar Machu Picchu
  • De Inca-trail naar Machu Picchu wordt wel het mooiste wandelavontuur van Zuid-Amerika genoemd en dat is niet zonder reden. Je wandelt door het spectaculair Vilcabamba-hooggebergte over deels oude gerestaureerde Inca-paden, langs Inca-ruïnes, door nevelwouden met de bekroning Machu Picchu: de verloren stad van de Inca’s. De fraaie ligging en de... Read more
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