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.

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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
2017
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • National Geographic reisgidsen - National Geographic reisgids Peru
  • National Geographic Reisgids Peru is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land. Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • National Geographic reisgidsen - National Geographic reisgids Peru
  • National Geographic Reisgids Peru is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land. Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Peru
  • The DK Eyewitness Peru travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer. Whether you're trekking the ancient Inca Trail or getting to know the locals on a homestay in Cusco, this guide provides all the insider tips every visitor needs, with comprehensive listings of the best hotels, restaurants and shops for... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Peru
  • The DK Eyewitness Peru travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer. Whether you're trekking the ancient Inca Trail or getting to know the locals on a homestay in Cusco, this guide provides all the insider tips every visitor needs, with comprehensive listings of the best hotels, restaurants and shops for... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Peru is the heart of the Andes and home to the driest desert in the world. This is the only guide for free-spirited travellers who want to get beyond both the Gringo and the Inca trails with detailed accounts of the best off-the-beaten-track sites. Activity-packed for thrill-seekers visiting the country, Footprint Peru takes you surfing, white... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Peru
  • Peru is the heart of the Andes and home to the driest desert in the world. This is the only guide for free-spirited travellers who want to get beyond both the Gringo and the Inca trails with detailed accounts of the best off-the-beaten-track sites. Activity-packed for thrill-seekers visiting the country, Footprint Peru takes you surfing, white... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Spirit Work, Too
  • Join Cedar Branches and Diane Carol Mark as they venture together to Peru where they create this sequel to the original Spirit Work story.Ever imagine living a life of freedom, only answering to the call of Spirit? Follow along with Diane and Cedar as they share a Spirit-guided journey, conducting ceremonies and bringing harmony to an... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Spirit Work, Too
  • Join Cedar Branches and Diane Carol Mark as they venture together to Peru where they create this sequel to the original Spirit Work story.Ever imagine living a life of freedom, only answering to the call of Spirit? Follow along with Diane and Cedar as they share a Spirit-guided journey, conducting ceremonies and bringing harmony to an... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Footprint Handbook Peru
  • Whether you want to experience the wild nightlife of Lima or the exotic wildlife of the jungles of Manu and Tambopata, surf at one of the world's top breaks or discover lost Inca cities high in the Andes, Footprint's eighth edition of the highly acclaimed Peru Handbook will show you how. The ultimate guide to getting off the Gringo Trail, the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Footprint Handbook Peru
  • Whether you want to experience the wild nightlife of Lima or the exotic wildlife of the jungles of Manu and Tambopata, surf at one of the world's top breaks or discover lost Inca cities high in the Andes, Footprint's eighth edition of the highly acclaimed Peru Handbook will show you how. The ultimate guide to getting off the Gringo Trail, the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Trotter Peru | Lannoo
  • Veel aandacht voor praktische informatie als hotels en restaurants, maar ook beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden. Handig zijn de vele plattegronden: verrassend en verfrissend geschreven! - Het echte verhaal achter de klassieke trekpleisters - Tips om de verborgen parels buiten de platgetreden paden te verkennen - Verrassende anekdotes en... Read more
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 Te gast in Peru en Bolivia | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • Deze editie van Te Gast In Peru & Bolivia bevat verhalen van diverse auteurs die er langere tijd gewoond of gereisd hebben. Een inspirerende uitgave om alvast in de vakantiesfeer te komen en je in te leven in de cultuur van de lokale bevolking. Een handzaam en compact boekje dat vlot weg leest. Onderwerpen die in deze editie aan bod komen zijn... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
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Maps

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Zuid-Peru
  • Ervaar de weidsheid van de Andes vanaf de Patapampa op 4910 meter hoogte. Vulkanen als Sabancaya, Ampato, Misti, Chachani, Pichu Picchu, Ubinas en de gedoofde Chucura laten zich bewonderen. In de Andes in zuid Peru heeft de rivier Colca de op een na diepste canyon van Peru uitgesleten. In de omgeving van deze peilloze diepte van de Colca canyon... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Zuid-Peru
  • De majestueuze Andes-keten apelleert aan een oergevoel. Besneeuwde vulkanen, diepe canyons en indíginas die al eeuwenlang hun traditionele cultuur behouden op grote hoogte. Deze rondreis voert je langs de hoogtepunten in het zuiden van Peru. Bezoek Colca Cañon, een van de diepste canyons in Zuid-Amerika, bevaar het hoog gelegen Titicacameer met... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Peru - Incatrail naar Machu Picchu
  • De Inca-trail naar Machu Picchu wordt wel het mooiste wandelavontuur van Zuid-Amerika genoemd en dat is niet zonder reden. Je wandelt door het spectaculair Vilcabamba-hooggebergte over deels oude gerestaureerde Inca-paden, langs Inca-ruïnes, door nevelwouden met de bekroning Machu Picchu: de verloren stad van de Inca’s. De fraaie ligging en de... Read more
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