Peru Adventure and Sports
Excursions, hiking, river running, fluvial trips, bird watching, mountain biking, surfing, snow sports, paragliding and hang gliding, sea, river or lake fishing, they are only some of the adventure tour and sports that can be practiced in one of the best scenarios in the world.
In Peru, at short distances, can be seen different scenarios, in the coast, heights of the Andes and the enigmatic Amazon forest.
Peru Paradise of the Adventure
Peru is a true hiker's paradise. Practically all of the sierra, including valleys, plateaus and mountain ranges including trekking circuits of various degrees of difficulty. However, only a few have been discovered as commercial trekking routes.
Buggies and sandboarding has become popular on the sand dunes near Huacachina - Ica, an ideal area to take to the steep sandy slopes of the desert.
The Peruvian Andes provide an incomparable spot for mountaineering and make Peru a magnet for lovers of South American mountains. There are many reasons: a unique concentration of mountains and relatively few mountains climbers; mild weather almost all year-long, and relatively easy access to sites that are nevertheless cut off from hectic city life.
Peru, a land where nature appear to have crafted the geography to create challenges for those venture into the wilds, could be catalogued without fear of exaggeration as the New World's adventure sports paradise. An there are plenty reasons: Peru is a land where snow, steep mountainsides, raging rivers and breath-taking landscapes alternate with deep green lakes and dizzying canyons. All one needs here is a little imaginations and some courage -or folly- to become, almost without realizing it, an adventure.
The Peruvian coastline (3.000 Km) offer water sports fans a wide range of possibilities, or perhaps just go fishing, try a local cuisine or take in the surroundings, ruffled by gentle sea breeze. We invite you to discover Peru's beaches for yourself. Surf in Chicama, the world's longest wave, windsurf, scuba and more.
A paradise for walkers
To trek Peru is to journey through incredibly beautiful Andean countryside with a backdrop of everlastingly white mountains and crystal clear lakes, to walk along the Qapac Ñan (Inca Trail), that network of roads built by the Incas to unite their empire, and to see the culture of communities that adorn the pathways. There are trekking routes that take you on adventures through the White and Huayhuash Ranges in Ancash as well as many others in the department of Cuzco that will lead you to Machu Picchu or Choquequirao.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Part of the 23.000 kilometers (approximately 14.000 miles) of roads built by the Incas in South America, this is Peru's most famous trekking route and possibly one of the most spectacular in the Americas. Every year; some 25.000 hikers from around the world walk along the extraordinary 43 kilometers of this stone-paved road built by the Incas leading to the unassailable citadel of Machu Picchu located in the depth of the Cuzco jungle. The journey starts in the village of Qorihuayrachina, at kilometer 88 of the Cuzco - Quillabamba railway and takes three or four days of strenuous walking. The route includes an impressive variety of altitudes, climates and ecosystems that range from the high Andean plain to the cloud forest. Travelers will cross two high altitude passes (the highest being Warmiwañuska at 4.200 m.a.s.l.) to culminate the hike with a magical entrance to Machu Picchu Inca City through the Inti Punko or Gateway of the Sun.
Touching the sky in the Andes
After the Himalayas, the Andes are the highest mountains in the world. One of those mountains is Mount Huascaran, located in the White Mountain Range, which happens to be the highest mountain found anywhere in the tropics. Along with this record breaking mountain are dozens of others that surpass 5,000 m.a.s.l. (16,400 f.a.s.l.). The Peruvian Andes feature mountains of different technical difficulty levels – from high to medium to easy – as well as the chance to make first assaults and to open new climbing routes.
Traveling the routes of the past
Part of the attraction to mountain biking through Peru is the opportunity to discover ancient Incan and pre-Incan trails, visit archeological sites and picturesque villages, as well as to ride through different ecological tiers in just a few hours. There is one route, starting in the town of Olleros, south of Lima, where you can descend 3.600 meters (11.808 feet) in a ride that is just 70 kilometers (113 miles) long. Pachacámac (Lima), Cuzco, Puno, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon are also great places for cyclists.
PARAGLIDING AND HANG GLIDING
Taming the wind
Free flight lovers will feel overjoyed by what they can do in Peru. The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Cuzco) provides flyers the experience of soaring over Incan ruins, and, in the Huaylas Valley of Ancash, they can fly at on winds that blow between towering mountains. Likewise, along the Costa Verde boardwalk in Lima, you can fly above the ocean waves and enjoy a bird's eye view of the city.
WHITE WATER RAFTING AND KAYAKING
Through the world's deepest canyons
The Peruvian Andes and their plunging canyons turn this country into a magnificent stage for rafting and kayaking. The most renowned rivers are the Apurímac in Apurímac (class II and V), the Cotahuasi in Arequipa (class V), and the Tambopata in the jungle. For kayaking, the best place is Lake Titicaca (Puno), the highest navigable lake in the world.
Waves all year long
The Peruvian coastline is bathed by Pacific waves all year long. If you go north, the best surfing beaches are Cabo Blanco, Máncora, Lobitos, Chicama – which is famous for having the longest left hand wave in the world – Huanchaco, Pacasmayo, and Los Órganos. In the central coast, great surf beaches are Punta Rocas, site of one World Qualifying Series surfing tournament, Pico Alto, whose waves are compared to those in Hawaii, Punta Hermosa, Señoritas, Caballeros and San Gallán Island.
DAKAR RALLY 2013
The 35th edition of the Dakar will also be the 5th to take place on the South American continent, which has hosted the event since 2009. From 5th to 20th January 2013, the competitors will follow the route between Lima in Peru and Santiago in Chile, with a rest day planned at San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina. The desert will be on the programme from the first days of the rally, for the first time in its history. (Dakar 2012 Photo Gallery)
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