If it’s an adventure you’re after, Peru’s topographical diversity serves up an entire smorgasbord of opportunity for it.
From the wilderness of its jungles and consistency of its surf swells, to the towering peaks of its mountains and gaping depth of its valleys – Peru caters to trekkers, cyclists, surfers and jumpers. It’ll have you breathless, exhilarated, inspired and intrigued all at once.
Vast and varied, Peru’s raw and rugged landscape is unlike anything else on earth – and is sure to get your heart racing and blood pumping.
High up in the mountains, Cusco’s serious altitude makes it an ideal base for thrill-seeking adventures. Bold travellers can make the most of the city’s varied activities, from bungee jumps to horse riding and so much more.
Not for the faint of heart, bungee jumping from Poroy-Cusco is an experience you’ll never forget. From the exhilaration and thrills to the incredible vantage point it gives you, this 125 metre leap is a must for pure adrenaline-seekers.
For a taste of Peru’s raw and varied landscape on a time limit, the trek from Cusco to Lake Humantay is perfect. It’s three hours long and not too challenging – but every bit as breathtaking as the longer ones.
One of the most memorable ways to experience Peru’s jagged mountains and dense forests is on horseback. The Sacred Valley in particular has beautiful landscapes to trot across, and tours are easy to organise.
Arguably the region’s adrenaline capital, Sacred Valley is 15km north of Cusco and comes ready to cater to all manner of heart-pumping activities. This stunning valley is surrounded by archaeological sites and teeming with trekking and bike routes. Buckle up!
Bike through one of the most spectacular trails in a region full of them, which takes you from an astonishing lagoon through rolling hills of Inca terraces before a serious descent into the Maras salt pans.
Wake up among the clouds after spending a night at Sky Lodge Adventure Suites, which is perched on the side of a cliff wall and suspended 400 metres in the air in Sacred Valley.
A formidable Incan citadel set high up in the Andean mountains, Machu Picchu has its glowing reputation that only grows with age. Shrouded in Incan mystery, the formidable structure seems almost suspended in the sky, which makes it perfect for trekking.
This classic trek certainly isn’t a walk in the park; 4 days, 3 nights to get you to the citadel. However, at 40km, it’s definitely more user-friendly than some of the more extreme options, while also taking you past lush forests and stunning peaks on the way.
Match the view with a hike that will test your appetite for adventure. The Salkantay Route is for serious trekkers, an Inca alternative that gets you to altitudes of 15,000 feet, passes through a cloud rainforest and features a rare side glimpses of the citadel.
There’s a reason the ancient archaeological site of Machu Picchu has been listed as one of the 7 Wonders of the World – it’s utterly unforgettable. Plan ahead and get a coveted ticket which, in addition to seeing the citadel, also grants you entry to Huayna Picchu, the breath-taking Temple of The Moon.
If you’re planning on trekking, hiking boots are a must. Spend at least five days on the trails, the set-ups are great and porters will cook and set up camp for you along the way.
Peru is a meat-loving country, but there’s plenty for vegetarians to eat too. Beans and quinoa, which is a local grain, act as perfect bases to fill you up after a big day of adventuring.
Peru has beautiful sunrises and you’re going to want to see a few of them. Getting to the base of mountains takes time, so get up really early to see the
sun in all its glory.