Because many of Peru's attractions are, in fact, protected sites, the best way to see them is on guided walks. In Peru, for example, with more than 3000 visitors trekking to Machu Picchu per day, the popular and well-known trails can become quite crowded and 'touristy'. Alternative trails can be quite obscure, but with the help of professional tour operators can open the way for a deeper and more memorable experience. Your tour leader can also help you navigate through the red tape on your adventure walks in Peru, as many of these sites require permits to visit. If you are not prepared, this can be quite inconvenient for people on a schedule or quite disappointing for those who do not manage to snag a slot.
Listed below are some of our favourite sites for adventure walks in Peru. From the Andes to the Amazon, this South American paradise offers something for every adventurer!
The Andes Mountains are a great starting point for your adventure walks in Peru. Aside from being breathtakingly majestic, they feature charming mountain towns and historical ruins, as well as the opportunity to meet descendants of the Incas. Arequipa, known as the 'White City,' is considered the most colonial city in Peru. Hike down to Colca Canyon or visit Yanahuara - a district in Arequipa featuring buildings built from sillar, an opalescent white volcanic rock. Also highly recommended is a visit to Monasterio de Santa Catalina, which dates back to 1570 and is considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture.
Considered the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is a popular starting point for many of the visitors traveling to Machu Picchu. In Cusco, you can see Inca walls, which have been renovated, with more modern structures built atop them. The people of Pisac, descendants of the Incas, still dress in their traditional garments to this day. Check out the Pisac Market for great souvenirs and local products-everything from musical instruments to Alpaca wool sweaters. While in Cusco, you might also want to check out the Las Salinas de Maras - salt evaporation ponds that date back to the time of the Incas.
An expedition into Peru's Amazon Rainforest will surely be one of the highlights of your adventure walks in Peru. If you're not quite ready to handle the real jungle, consider staying at a jungle lodge or visiting a nature preserve such the Amazon Refuge Wildlife Conservation Center, or the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This reserve is a five million acre plus preserve that is home more than 130 types of mammal, 330 bird species, and a multitude of reptile and amphibian species.
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