Guide to Peru trekking holidays

Jul 05, 2013 BY AWE365 Team

Peru is home to an incredible variety of landscapes. It moves from vast deserts, to the steamy Amazon Basin, up in to the icy Andes. It is an often wild and always fascinating place, with a long and varied history, from the Inca tribes to the Spanish Conquistadors. Take a Peru trekking trip, and take a journey through history, culture and various landscapes.

Inca history and culture learning about peru

Peru’s big draw, for trekkers and regular tourists alike, is the magical Machu Picchu. This 15th century ruined city Inca city sits lost in the clouds, on a high ridge above the rainforest. You can reach it by train and bus, but its much better to follow the famous Inca Trail. This is one of the world’s legendary treks. The route winds through Amazonian cloud forest, past snow-capped peaks and up to the city.

The Inca Trail’s popularity means it can get busy. The Moonstone Trail is a newer alternative, climbing at higher altitude and much more remote. It’s a good choice if you want to avoid the crowds.

But trekking in Peru is not just about the Inca Trail. The Andes offer plenty of opportunity for trekkers, especially those willing to get off the beaten track. The Santa Cruz trek takes you over some of the highest peaks, past glacial lakes and mountain pastures.

If you want to stay at lower altitude, trek your way through Peru’s deserts and lowlands. Trek the Colca Canyon, a deep, dramatic canyon where people live unchanged lives on pre-Inca terraces. Or head into the huge dunes in the deserts of the Ica region, and visit the little oasis town of Huacachina.

A Peru trekking trip promise much… and it delivers. Peru is breathtaking, challenging and truly memorable trekking country.

Peru, South America

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