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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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Lonely Planet Peru
  • # 1 best-selling guide to Peru Lonely Planet Peru is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Trek the ancient Inca trail, puzzle over the mystery of the Nasca lines, wander the stone temples of Machu Picchu or indulge in local delicacies in Lima; all with your trusted... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Lonely Planet Peru
  • # 1 best-selling guide to Peru Lonely Planet Peru is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Trek the ancient Inca trail, puzzle over the mystery of the Nasca lines, wander the stone temples of Machu Picchu or indulge in local delicacies in Lima; all with your trusted... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Viva Travel Guides Peru
  • At VIVA, we know Peru like no other guidebook company possibly can, as our headquarters are right up the road in Quito, Ecuador, where we frequently take trips to the "Southern Inca Empire." VIVA Travel Guides' on-the-ground authors bring you travel wisdom and street smarts. We live here, we understand the language, we understand the people,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Viva Travel Guides Peru
  • At VIVA, we know Peru like no other guidebook company possibly can, as our headquarters are right up the road in Quito, Ecuador, where we frequently take trips to the "Southern Inca Empire." VIVA Travel Guides' on-the-ground authors bring you travel wisdom and street smarts. We live here, we understand the language, we understand the people,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Fodor's Essential Peru
  • EXPANDED COVERAGE: Special emphasis has been placed on trending Lima's dining scene and alternate Inca Trail-type hiking routes. Focused coverage on Peru's essential, must-see destinations includes new restaurants and hotels. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: The guide offers beautifully illustrated, in-depth coverage of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Fodor's Essential Peru
  • EXPANDED COVERAGE: Special emphasis has been placed on trending Lima's dining scene and alternate Inca Trail-type hiking routes. Focused coverage on Peru's essential, must-see destinations includes new restaurants and hotels. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: The guide offers beautifully illustrated, in-depth coverage of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail and... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Rough Guide to Peru
  • The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate guide to one of the most thrilling countries in South America. It includes comprehensive coverage of Peru's great sights from the soaring Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to the high altitude Central Railway. There are incisive reviews of all the best places to stay, eat and drink, plus the lowdown on some of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Rough Guide to Peru
  • The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate guide to one of the most thrilling countries in South America. It includes comprehensive coverage of Peru's great sights from the soaring Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to the high altitude Central Railway. There are incisive reviews of all the best places to stay, eat and drink, plus the lowdown on some of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Dominicus Peru | Gottmer
  • Goede degelijke gids die vooral uitblinkt in diepgaande beschrijvingen van cultuur en bevolking. Natuur komt minder aan bod. Veel illustraties en kaartjes. Peru is een land van extremen. Landschappen variëren van een woestijnachtige droogte tot uitgestrekte regenwouden en de hoge toppen van het Andesgebergte. Ook de bevolking is divers: die... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Trail of Feathers
  • A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journey. Fascinated by the recurring theme of flight in Peruvian folklore, Shah sets out to discover whether the Incas really were able to fly like birds" over the jungle, as a Spanish monk reported. Or were they drug-induced... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Trail of Feathers
  • A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journey. Fascinated by the recurring theme of flight in Peruvian folklore, Shah sets out to discover whether the Incas really were able to fly like birds" over the jungle, as a Spanish monk reported. Or were they drug-induced... Read more
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Maps

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
  • 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 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tumbes
  • 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
  • Ayacucho
  • 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
  • La Libertad
  • 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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