Peru offers various activities such as trekking, cultural, history, kayak, rafting, zip line and etc..
From the colorful jungle to coastal desert via the beautiful summits of the Andes, Peru’s overwhelming diversity of places to visit means the possibility for adventure is endless. Whether you want to hike the sacred Inca Trail, guzzle down pisco sours in a disengaged colonial town, swim alongside pink dolphins or drift down the Amazon in a dugout canoe – or all of the above – this is a country that’s ideal for traveling. Wherever you go, Peru’s alive Andean culture, one of the most inspiring in Latin America, will color your travels: concealed highland towns come alive on market day, and local fiestas are celebrated with unrestrained excitement.
These extremely rich sights and experiences are rooted in one of the world’s richest heritages, led by the Inca Empire and its amazing archeological treasures, not forgetting the imprewssive adobe temples and pre-Inca relics along the desert coast. Whilst Machu Picchu is definitely bewitching, there are many other interesting sites too – and significant new discoveries are always being dug up.
Claiming access to the highest tropical mountain sphere in the world as well as one of the most preserved areas of virgin Amazon rainforest, Peru’s wildlife is hugely varied and full of magnificent sights such as jaguars creeping through the jungle, caimans sunning themselves on riverbanks and radiant macaws gathering at Amazon clay licks. For those searching for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure there is a plethora of outdoor activities available, from hiking old pathways and whitewater rafting to paragliding and charging through the desert on dune-buggy rides.
Likewise, a trip to Peru could concentrate on more quiet activities. Known as one of the world’s culinary destinations, Peru – and Lima especially – presents an array of foreign tastes to attract curious gusto, as well as a relaxed dining scene, varying from backstreet cevicherías to gourmet restaurants. And in the big cities, you can expect a lively nightlife too.
Despite all this, basic honest delights are still to be found. Peru’s general outlook is that there is always enough time for a chat, a ceviche, or another drink. Peru is welcoming of its visitors – it’s a place where the imaginative and tolerant traveller can break through barriers of class, race and language far more easily than in most places. Even the Amazon jungle area – that takes up nearly two-thirds of the country, but home to a mere fraction of its population – is reachable for the most part, with endless tour operators that organize trips to even the farthest-flung corners.
From ancient cultures to bustling cities to extraordinary landscapes, few destinations have as much to offer visitors as Peru, an astonishingly varied country. Here you'll find panoramic mountain ranges, vast deserts, beautiful beaches and tropical jungle, not to mention fantastically rich history, archaeology, wildlife and enduring indigenous cultures. You can make a trip to Peru whatever you want it to be, whether it is trekking the Inca Trail or heading out to more remote places to explore the little-known areas of the country.
Images of the extraordinary remains of ancient civilisations will inevitably jump to mind. The Inca stronghold Machu Picchu is one of the most famous and photogenic archaeological sites in the world and the mysterious Nazca Lines boggle the brain, but there are hundreds of similarly fascinating and even older sites to discover.
The beautifully excavated ruins of Chan Chan near Trujillo are clues to a culture which presided for 600 years, and these ruins were once the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. Heading off the beaten track, up in the northern mountainous region of Peru you will find Kuelap, an ancient fortress and burial site of the Chachapoyas culture. These remains are far less visited than others and provide the adventurous traveller with a challenge.
All are set in stunning landscapes, whether parched desert coast, soaring sierra or remote rainforest overflowing with wildlife. Such a diverse landscape generates diverse pleasures; you can hike through snowy peaks one day, and relax on the beach the next; paddle a dugout through lowland rainforest or hop on a traditional reed boat on some of the world's highest lakes.
The towns and cities of Peru are equally fascinating. Lima’s shiny and modern Miraflores area and grand and imposing historical centre, which has recently been cleaned up, are an example of the wealth of the country at its height. Contrasting beautifully is the ancient capital of Cusco with its steep, winding, cobbled street and its more than 1,000-year history. In between is everything from established cities to large communities to tiny indigenous villages, at extremes in altitude and temperature.
Peru does not solely involve rushing up and down mountains; if you’re searching for a relaxing destination, there are various beaches on which to perfect your tan while soaking up the local atmosphere. Máncora, in northern Peru, is the surfer and backpacker destination of choice, with good waves and a party atmosphere. A little more subdued but extremely popular is Huanchaco, where you can see the caballitos de totora, the reed canoes used by local fishermen. Locals from nearby Trujillo flock here at weekends, and the waves are excellent for surfers.
Peru is a hiker’s dream, with some of the world’s most picturesque and challenging mountain ranges in the world, including the Cordillera Blanca. The richness of accessible wilderness allows you to really immerse yourself in nature and discover the country for yourself. But there are plenty of other activities on offer, from sandboarding and surfing to extreme mountain biking and rafting. Add to this medicinal hot springs, mesmeric music, well-stocked museums, rich culture and uncommonly friendly people and you have a destination with something for everybody.
Peru is the kind of destination where travellers find themselves wondering why they didn’t come sooner. Though many visit Peru for the chance to climb Machu Picchu, those who only see the Inca citadel are gaining but a miniscule sliver of the nation’s best offerings. In fact, so much of Peru’s charm lies in its’ sharp contrast to itself, with a new discovery in every city and a new backdrop in every photographic stretch of scenery.
Pristine natural beaches, tropical rain forest, and snowcapped peaks and glaciers all find a home in Peru’s geography. Add to this remnants of ancient cultures epitomized by archaeological wonders, mysterious gigantic drawings carved into tough desert floors, the oldest known tribes living on a lake, and an exquisite cuisine that is fast gaining worldwide notoriety; that’s a tremendous offering of adventure for any traveller. Though the attractions are endless, it is not uncommon for visitors to be swallowed up in a festival or held back by a feast, only to complete a small flake of the activities previously planned with their Peru tour guide. Still, with affordable rates and welcoming locals, there’s no reason not to return for a second attempt.