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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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
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
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
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
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Machu Picchu - Peru | Moon
  • 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
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 Handbook Peru | 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. Engelstalig. Peru is home to more archaeological sites than any other... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Vogelgids Peru - Birds of Peru | Bloomsbury
  • 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
2017
  • 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
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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Bol.com
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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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
  • The Rough Guide to Peru
  • The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate guide to one of the most thrilling countries in South America. It includes comprehensive coverage of Peru's great sights from the soaring Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to the high altitude Central Railway. There are incisive reviews of all the best places to stay, eat and drink, plus the lowdown on some of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Rough Guide to Peru
  • The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate guide to one of the most thrilling countries in South America. It includes comprehensive coverage of Peru's great sights from the soaring Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to the high altitude Central Railway. There are incisive reviews of all the best places to stay, eat and drink, plus the lowdown on some of... Read more
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Maps

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
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
  • Cusco & 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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
  • 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
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