For those who like an adventure type of holiday, Peru is a hard destination to beat. The difficulty isn’t in finding something to do, it’s in choosing between all the options that are available. Which is best will depend on your personal preferences in terms of climate and activity.
It may also depend on the amount of time that you have for traveling. As the country is large, if you want to combine more than one activity, you’ll need to consider the locations and the times for traveling between them. Despite that, six top Peru adventures are listed below for your perusal.
Peru is definitely amazing trekking country. There are so many trail possibilities, it’s hard to pick just one. That being said, since you probably want to include a visit to Machu Picchu in your vacation plans, one of the best is the Salkantay trek. This 5 day, 4 night trek has you arriving at Aguas Calientes, the town near Machu Picchu on the 4th day where you will overnight and have your tour of the site the following morning.
Salkantay was named one of the world’s best treks by National Geographic and gives you the chance to see so much diverse scenery, including fauna and flora nad you make your way through high jungle and snowy mountains. Ultimately, this is a top chance to see the country for what it is by using a trail not often traveled by the typical tourist.
Although the landscape is not quite as varied as you will get on the Salkantay trail, what awaits you at the end is well worth the trip. Having said that, you won’t be disappointed with the valleys and mountains that you pass through on this journey.
Sprawling across the mountain over several levels, Choquequirao is an archaeological site that some think is just as impressive as Machu Picchu. What makes it even more spectacular is that, due to the difficulty of the hike, not many people make this trek. Therefore, you may find that you are able to wander about the ruins alone, something it’s not possible to do at Machu Picchu.
Always acclimate to the altitude and be sure that you understand that this is a difficult trek which you are advised to only attempt if you are in good shape. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add on days and continue on to Machu Picchu as well.
If you’ve got the time, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Manu National Park. If you’re keen to see the native fauna and flora, you can book longer tours to get right into the heart of the jungle. Tours are typically in lengths of 5, 7 or 9 days. Tours shorter than 5 days are not ideal because of the travel time necessary to get to the location.
Thousands of insect and plants have a home provided by the park, with more than 200 mammal species and 1,000 bird species on show. Among the animals are included the giant otter, anteater, jaguar, anteater, tapir and several species of monkeys. In addition to the flora and fauna, there are beautiful landscapes of gorges, waterfalls and even pre-Inca archaeological sites. Keep in mind that if you are traveling to or from the jungle in light plane, there are sometimes delays and this needs to be taken into account when planning your itinerary.