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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Mountains

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Viva Travel Guides Peru
  • At VIVA, we know Peru like no other guidebook company possibly can, as our headquarters are right up the road in Quito, Ecuador, where we frequently take trips to the "Southern Inca Empire." VIVA Travel Guides' on-the-ground authors bring you travel wisdom and street smarts. We live here, we understand the language, we understand the people,... Read more
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  • Viva Travel Guides Peru
  • At VIVA, we know Peru like no other guidebook company possibly can, as our headquarters are right up the road in Quito, Ecuador, where we frequently take trips to the "Southern Inca Empire." VIVA Travel Guides' on-the-ground authors bring you travel wisdom and street smarts. We live here, we understand the language, we understand the people,... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Fodor's Essential Peru
  • EXPANDED COVERAGE: Special emphasis has been placed on trending Lima's dining scene and alternate Inca Trail-type hiking routes. Focused coverage on Peru's essential, must-see destinations includes new restaurants and hotels. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: The guide offers beautifully illustrated, in-depth coverage of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail and... Read more
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  • Fodor's Essential Peru
  • EXPANDED COVERAGE: Special emphasis has been placed on trending Lima's dining scene and alternate Inca Trail-type hiking routes. Focused coverage on Peru's essential, must-see destinations includes new restaurants and hotels. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: The guide offers beautifully illustrated, in-depth coverage of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail and... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Something Lost Behind the Ranges, Memoirs of a Traveler in Peru
  • Peru was in a "state of siege," Halley's Comet was making its cyclical reappearance for the first time in seventy-two years, and the throngs of tourists that would soon elevate Machu Picchu to a major world tourist destination had not yet descended upon the Sacred Valley. Before the luxury hotels, high-speed trains and express helicopters, an... Read more
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Belgium
  • Something Lost Behind the Ranges, Memoirs of a Traveler in Peru
  • Peru was in a "state of siege," Halley's Comet was making its cyclical reappearance for the first time in seventy-two years, and the throngs of tourists that would soon elevate Machu Picchu to a major world tourist destination had not yet descended upon the Sacred Valley. Before the luxury hotels, high-speed trains and express helicopters, an... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids ANWB Wereldreisgids Peru | ANWB Media
  • De ANWB Wereldreisgids Peru is een complete en praktische reisgids voor jouw droomvakantie door Peru. Het land is er één van grote contrasten: de kale kustwoestijn aan de koude Grote Oceaan met zijn vruchtbare rivierdalen, de ruige bergen van de Andes en het tropische laagland van de Amazone. Natuurlijk mag een bezoek aan Cusco, Machu Picchu en... 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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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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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
  • Peru
  • Congratulations! You've Found the Ultimate Guide to Peru Travel!You are super lucky to be going to Peru, and this guide will let you know all of the coolest things to do, see, and eat around the country, in places like Lima, Cusco, Trujillo, Iquitos, the Andes, and Machu Picchu.Why You Need 101 Coolest Things to Do in PeruThis Peru guide will... Read more
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Belgium
  • Peru
  • Congratulations! You've Found the Ultimate Guide to Peru Travel!You are super lucky to be going to Peru, and this guide will let you know all of the coolest things to do, see, and eat around the country, in places like Lima, Cusco, Trujillo, Iquitos, the Andes, and Machu Picchu.Why You Need 101 Coolest Things to Do in PeruThis Peru guide will... Read more
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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Eyewitness Travel Peru | Dorling Kindersley
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Groot formaat gids. Engelstalig Explore Peru region by region, from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside and a journey to Machu Picchu in the... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planet Reiseführer Peru
  • Mit dem Lonely Planet Peru auf eigene Faust durch ein Land voller Kultur, Natur und Abenteuer! Mit der rundum aktualisierten Neuauflage sind Individualreisende auch abseits der Touristenpfade zuverlässig unterwegs. Etliche Monate Recherche stecken im Kultreiseführer für Individualreisende. Berge, Hochland und Pazifik sind ein Paradies für... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Peru
  • Peru is home to more archaeological sites than any other country in South America. However, with mangroves, cloud forest, oases in the desert and glacial lakes, it is also a country of incredible natural diversity. Footprint's 9th edition Peru Handbook will guide you from spectacular and spiritual fiestas to the awe-inspiring sights of the... Read more
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Belgium
2015
  • Peru
  • Peru is home to more archaeological sites than any other country in South America. However, with mangroves, cloud forest, oases in the desert and glacial lakes, it is also a country of incredible natural diversity. Footprint's 9th edition Peru Handbook will guide you from spectacular and spiritual fiestas to the awe-inspiring sights of the... Read more
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  • 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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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Piura
  • 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 3083 - Ports on the Coast of Peru
  • Plans included:Puerto Supe 1:40,000Puerto Huacho 1:40,000Cerro Azul 1:50,000Puerto Chimbote 1:25,000Bahia Ferrol and Bahia de Coishco 1:50,000Admiralty 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... 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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
  • 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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