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
2017
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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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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
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  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
Bol.com
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
2018
  • 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
2018
  • 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
2018
  • Reisgids Peru (Engels) | Insight Guides
  • Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten.... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2013
  • Hiking and Biking Peru's Inca Trails
  • Guidebook to hiking and mountain biking in the Sacred Valley of Peru, including the Inca Trail. 40 routes (7 to Machu Picchu) visiting all major Incan sites discovered from Cusco, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Vilcabamba and in the remote region around Mount Ausangate. The routes are graded for difficulty, and most routes can be done on foot or by... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2013
  • Hiking and Biking Peru's Inca Trails
  • Guidebook to hiking and mountain biking in the Sacred Valley of Peru, including the Inca Trail. 40 routes (7 to Machu Picchu) visiting all major Incan sites discovered from Cusco, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Vilcabamba and in the remote region around Mount Ausangate. The routes are graded for difficulty, and most routes can be done on foot or by... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Peru - Hiking and Biking Peru's Inca Trails | Cicerone
  • The eastern slope of the Peruvian Andes is one of the most dramatic and diverse places on the planet, dropping from over 6000m (20,000ft) to just 200m above sea level. This dramatic drop in elevation produces a wide range of constantly changing climactic and vegetative zones – it is often possible to hike from the base of a glacier down to the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Moon Machu Picchu (Third Edition)
  • This full-color guide to Machu Picchu includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps.Dawn reveals ancient stonework backed by the towering Andes?the fusion of natural and manmade beauty, built in perfect harmony with the earth and skies. This is Machu Picchu, center of the lost Inca empire. And it’s yours to explore.This is the trip of a... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Moon Machu Picchu (Third Edition)
  • This full-color guide to Machu Picchu includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps.Dawn reveals ancient stonework backed by the towering Andes?the fusion of natural and manmade beauty, built in perfect harmony with the earth and skies. This is Machu Picchu, center of the lost Inca empire. And it’s yours to explore.This is the trip of a... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lima
  • 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
  • Arequipa
  • 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
  • Cusco
  • 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
  • Lambayeque
  • 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 - Ecuador IGN 86170
  • Un grand nombre d?informations touristiques et routières, pour une carte que vous trouverez très vite indispensable lors de votre voyage. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Loreto
  • 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
  • Puno
  • 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
  • Moquegua
  • 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
  • Ica
  • 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
  • Amazonas
  • 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
  • Pasco
  • 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
  • Madre de Dios
  • 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
  • Apurimac
  • 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
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Walking holidays

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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Zuid-Peru
  • De majestueuze Andes-keten apelleert aan een oergevoel. Besneeuwde vulkanen, diepe canyons en indíginas die al eeuwenlang hun traditionele cultuur behouden op grote hoogte. Deze rondreis voert je langs de hoogtepunten in het zuiden van Peru. Bezoek Colca Cañon, een van de diepste canyons in Zuid-Amerika, bevaar het hoog gelegen Titicacameer met... Read more
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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
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