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.

Opinions

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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Trails

Regions

Mountains

Books

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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Trekking in Peru | Bradt
  • Goede complete wandelgids van Peru. Met veel detailinformatie en handige adressen . 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... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
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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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Handbook Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador | Footprint
  • Zo mogelijk nog betere gids dan de Lonely Planet. Vol met de praktische informatie over reizen, slapen etc. Goede verwijzingen naar websites en veel mailadressen. Zelfde soort informatie als de Lonely Planet, diepgaander met vooral meer tips in de minder bekende gebieden. Linked by the sinuous spine of the Andes, Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador are... Read more
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United Kingdom
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Natuurgids Peruvian Wildlife - Peru | Bradt
  • 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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Peru | Rother
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten in dal en hooggebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. 62 Höhenprofile; 62 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:25.000 bis 1:200.000, zwei Übersichtskarten Kaum ein anderes lateinamerikanisches Land weist... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Vogelgids Peru - Birds of Peru | Christopher Helm
  • With over 1,800 species, Peru has the second richest avifauna of any country in the world. As a consequence it is one of the most popular birding destinations in South America. This is the first comprehensive and fully illustrated field guide to the birds of Peru. The text is arranged opposite the plates, in conventional field guide manner.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Peru (Nederlands) | Insight Guides
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Ideaal om je reis goed te plannen. Door het formaat en gewicht niet zo zeer om mee te nemen in een echte rugzak maar in een Samsonite misstaat deze niet! Uitstekend om thuis voor en na de reis uitgebreid te lezen. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! Nederlandstalig. De auteurs en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Fotoboek Highlights Peru | Bruckmann
  • Duitstalig fotoboek van Peru. Die mythischen Stätten der Inka und die Ruinenstadt Machu Picchu, das artenreiche Amazonasgebiet, die faszinierenden Bodenzeichnungen in der Wüste bei Nazca und die zum UNESCO-Welterbe zählende Altstadt von Lima mit dem Franziskanerkloster: Dieser aktuelle Reisebildband präsentiert die 50 touristischen Glanzpunkte... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Wallpaper* City Guide Lima | Phaidon
  • Wallpaper City Guides is een Engelstalige trendy reisgids voor alle leeftijden, boordevol informatie over accommodatie van middenklasse tot luxe en plaatsbeschrijvingen - kenmerk: brede cultuur en achtergrondinformatie, bondig geschreven. Wallpaper City Guides" not only suggest where to stay, eat, and drink, but what the tourist passionate... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Dominicus Peru | Gottmer
  • Goede degelijke gids die vooral uitblinkt in diepgaande beschrijvingen van cultuur en bevolking. Natuur komt minder aan bod. Veel illustraties en kaartjes. Peru is een land van extremen. Landschappen variëren van een woestijnachtige droogte tot uitgestrekte regenwouden en de hoge toppen van het Andesgebergte. Ook de bevolking is divers: die... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer Peru en Bolivia | Dumont
  • Zeer diepgaande reisgids op het gebied van kunst, cultuur en geschiedenis. Veel plattegronden van interessante bezienswaardigheden, beschrijvingen van achtergronden. Absoluut een aanrader voor de geinteresseerde reiziger! Cusco, Machupicchu oder Titicaca-See: Bei wem wecken diese klangvollen Namen nicht Fernweh oder Reiselust? In Peru und... Read more
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Maps

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Wandelreis
  • De Colca Canyon en de Inca-trail zijn twee van de mooiste wandelgebieden in het zuiden van Peru. De Colca Cañon is met circa 3200 meter de op één-na-diepste kloof van Peru. In de diepte van de vallei zie je landbouwterrassen die zijn aangelegd tijdens het Inca-tijdperk. Tegen de achtergrond van met sneeuw bedekte vulkaantoppen liggen in de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Zuid
  • Van de vogelrijke kust en de mysterieuze Nazcalijnen tot aan de majestueuze Andes-keten. Deze complete rondreis voert u langs de mooiste hoogtepunten in het zuiden van Peru. Bezoek de diepste Colca Cañon van Zuid-Amerika, bevaar het hoog gelegen Titicacameer met zijn Aymará en Quechua-bewoners en de oude hoofdstad van de Inca's Cusco. Bewonder... Read more
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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
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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
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