Peru, has a millenary past because before the arrival of the Incas there were diverse pre-Columbian cultures that developed in the north, center and south and left an impressive legacy that is why at the same time with its geography, and historical past, It becomes a magical place to be explored, its is a constant adventure from the beginning.
Thanks to its exceptional geography Peru, it has incredible places to go hiking, trekking, or develop activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, river rafting, sandboarding, surfing, stand up paddle, zipline, scuba diving, and much more.
All these adventure activities are combined with the traditions, music, art and food, which varies a lot in the place where it is located within the Peruvian region. The best thing is when all this adventure can be customized according to your interest.
In summary there are many reasons to visit Peru and then we will let you know just some of them.
Before the arrival of the Incas, the Moche culture was developed in the north of Peru between the years A.D. 100-800, followed by the Chimú until 1470 A.D. These cultures were well known for their fishing activity. In this regards, more than 3,000 years ago settlers from up north, managed to build personal embarkations similar to a surfboard made of stems and leaves of totora, which is known today as' Caballito de Totora '. These Totora boats, were used by the natives to venture into the deep sea and made their fishing activities with small nets. This ancestral activity is currently developed on the northern beaches parallel to the sport of surfing of which Peru has incredible sandy beaches to practice this sport.
Peru's pacific ocean provide scuba diving at its very best. Thanks to the Humboldt Current, a low-salinity ocean current, this cold current helps create one of the world's most productive marine ecosystems supporting an extraordinary abundance of marine birds, mammals and fish.
This Incredible diversity and quantity of marine life is shown on its diverse of species along with kelp forests, rock formations. Something to notice upnorth are the abandoned Oil Platforms and many piers make the Peruvian coast an underwater paradise awaiting exploration. This existent opportunity will allow you to see some of the more than 1,000 species of fish, over 1,400 species of mollusks and 300 species of shellfish registered in Peru. In addition, there are colonies of Sea lions that make Peru one of the few places in the world where you can dive with these gracious mammals.
Scuba Diving can be practiced in Peru the whole year along the coast, places such as San Lorenzo and Pucusana near Lima, up north Máncora, Organos and Punta Sal. On your way to the equatorial line Piura and Tumbes warm climate give you a particularly favorable conditions to practice this sport. During the months of August to October, whales can be seen and heard on the Northern Coast as they migrate here for the breeding season.
Without doubt Scuba diving in the waters of Peru is incredible and unique experience to embark from the start.
Thanks to its amazing geography, river rafting in Peru can be practise and with it, explore beautiful places where your adrenaline will excite you. There is some places where you can get this sensation of grandiosity of been within nature.
Mayo River, in Tarapoto the Amazonas, this river is calm and perfect for beginners on this type of experience. You can jump into the water from cascades, do some diving and get a lot of adrenaline. This A class II and III river will offer you a lot to fun from which you can end up on a sandy beach to get relaxed.
Outside Lima there is a place called Lunahuana in Canete.
Lunahuana is well known for its good weather, remember Peru has 28 micro climates out of the 32 worldwide. In Lunahuana, the climate in warm and sunny. Its river, class I- II, are no suitable for children 5 years and under. Here, you will find lots of fun and you can start from a place called 'Catapalla' on one the sides of the river. Another route 'The Paullo- Socsi' is the roughest because you will encounter huge waves and is being classify as a class III- IV+ suitable for 18 years and up, being the latest the 'Catapalla' a slightly shorter route.
The rapids of Vilcanota in Santa Maria, Cusco.
This is a class II, IV river where you will get immerse into its waves during more than 1 hour of rafting in which you will forget about the world.
Departing from the Chaullay bridge, is not recommendable to practice this sport when the river is high. The best month to explore this river are from June to October.
Another, calmer rafting is at Cusipata and a class III- IV rafting at Chuquicahuana. Cusco has several places to practice river rafting. In Ollantaytambo a class I, II and in Quiquijana III, IV.
A place that has become most popular among travelers is the 3-day tour through the depths of the Apurimac Canyon. The first spot is classified as a class II- III river. The second day, it changes a class III- IV rivers. Finally, as a class V river that you will pass by foot and continue on class V during the third day. Without hesitation this is a rafting for the brave adventurers.
Tambopata in the Amazonas.
This is a 9- 10 days, rafting in the jungle at the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve. Then, you will cross two reserves: the Bahuaja Sonene Reserve and the Tambopata Reserve. The Tambopata River is classified as a class III- IV river, but the real treat is seeing ocelots, pumas, monkeys, alligators and river seals. Camp for the night. This route only operates from June to October.
Peru's coast line has been blessed for several desert location which in time you will find sand dunes on this territory.
The practising of sand boarding is is one of the most fun and exciting ways of having a physical energy in climbing the sand dunes, combine with the adrenaline afterwards that it will pay off such effort.
There are several locations in which you can practice the sand board, starting from south Lima in Asia beach and travelling a bit further down to Pisco and Paracas where you will find pampa Ocas. Travelling further in Ica, Huacachina will host your expectations in surfing several dunes but the best to come will be in Nazca in finding one of the highest dunes in the world called cerro blanco. This is a monster sand dune of 2,078 meters above sea level.
Contrasting the Peru's southern regions we have the northern side of the country in which your can also practice this sport. Places such as: Coischo in Chimbote, followed by Duna Chao in Trujillo, Duna canoncillo between Trujillo and Chiclayo, as well as Duna Conache in Trujillo, all of them will be a perfect combination to make your tour around nature a perfect one.
Peru has one of the most spectacular mountain terrain on earth. Due of its outstanding geography, there are plenty places to visit and to get your experience on the road an unique one. Thus, get your helmet, get ready, check your those gears, and let your trip take you to the best mountain biking trails in the country. We will presenting you some places to practice your mountain biking:
The Inca Jungle biking, is part on an alternative route to get to the final destination, Machu Picchu. The Inca Jungle biking, takes 4 days to achieve and combines a series of activities, such as hiking, rafting, zip-lining and the mountain biking.
The mountain biking on this stage of the tour, is fascinating because there is a series of incredible passes downhill. The ride on this section of the Inca Jungle will boost up your adrenaline and sense of adventure and without a thought more exciting than getting to Machu Picchu by other means.
Lima’s Coastal landscapes,
In Lima there is only one high hill called the solar morro by Lima seaside. The morro's name matches the big 'solar' telescope located on this hill.
The ride goes from this location all the way down to the seaside, of nearby districts, getting superb views from all the coastal line of Lima. It is a experience worthy to get on alone or in group.
Riding Pachacamac Valley
This is an interesting ride if you consider the combination of cycling and a cultural background of the Pachacamac valley. On this valley there are existent archaeological sites, the amazing ruins of Pachacamac. The ride goes explore an old terrain way passing through valleys and rivers until you get to Pachacamac.
Huaraz and the andean white mountains.
The location of Huaraz and the white andean mountains are very well known among trekkers. But lately is has turn into the high adrenaline adventure seekers for bike routes. There are wonderful routes to explore on this andean white mountains from which you will interact with locals and see outstanding crystal clear lagoons and pre- inca ruins.
The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley is well known for its fantastic views of the Andean peaks. Riding the Sacred Valley will allow you to explore spectacular scenery and to visit also incredible Inca ruins along the way. This is a worthy experience to get on your bike.
Touring on the Nacional Manu park is the ultimate experience to get to know one of the most beautiful natural reserve in the heart of the Amazon.
At the National Manu park there is several areas in which you can explore on your bike and spot some wildlife meanwhile enjoying an adventure that you will remember all your life.
Trekking in Peru, is a fascinating experience to explore because its wide geography and options to view its amazing landscapes. The following are some places to consider:
Cusco is one of the most famous places for hikers because aside of trekking to Machu Picchu, there other several routes such as Choquequirao, Ausangate, Salkantay, to mention few. You will be trekking spectacular Andean terrain to reach a breathtaking Inca fortress and landscapes, being welcome at some locations by the local villagers.
The Cordillera Blanca
The Cordillera Blanca in Huaraz is an incredible place for hikers who have a passion in climbing the mountains. Places such as Santa Cruz or Huayhuash will offer you the ultimate treks adventure.
Colca and Cotahuasi
The Colca Canyon is deeper than Grand Canyon in Arizona. The Colca Canyon located in Arequipa, have one the most spectacular landscapes and home of the biggest bird worldwide, the Condor for the trekkers lovers this is a paradise to explore in all its magnitude as well as the Cotahuasi Canyon, which it can be challenging for hikers but have beautiful trails worthy to immerse on.
Peru is well recognised for its mountains places across its region. For those who love adventure and a punch of addredaline, the zipline from mountain to mountain will do the work.
To get into one of this adventures, you have to find first a place to start in.
The best places where the zipline has been fitted are in Cusco and here you can find them at the valley of Urubamba and Santa Teresa. Another province than you can get this service is in Arequipa in Chivay village and Huaraz region. Most of the times, a mountain zipline circuit will get you involved so you will keep moving visiting different spots. A good way to feel like a superhero and get the sense of flying across valleys.