Peru Treks -presents two types of trekking opportunities. Jungle trekking and mountain trekking. Jungle trekking. Tierras Vivas offers a variety of jungle tours and mountain trekking tours which folllows paths with beautiful flora and fauna, chances to interact with local communities and be surrounded by wonderful landscapes. Most of the trekking routes are walked on often by the locals though some of the popular paths are getting damaged. Please remember when hiking not to leave any litter anywhere.
Trekking in Peru gives the adventurer the chance to see some of the most excellent surroundings the Andes has to offer. Usually they involve stopping by Inca ruins. Here is some of the finest trekking in Peru.
The most legendary trek in Peru, maybe in the world. Thousands of people journey to Peru every year to do the Inca Trail and fall in love with its last prize- Machu Picchu. Still, with such popularity the Inca trail is feeling the strain resulting in various alternative treks rising in the popularity stakes, so consider your options before jumping straight in with the well worn trail. Think about the Lares Trek which finishes at Machu Picchu passing through out-of-the-way Quechua communities and frosty scenes.
Note: 500 people per day allowed on the Inca Trail (including guides and porters). Register at least 3 months before to avoid a letdown. Remember the Inca Trail is closed in Febuary.
There is excellent trekking in the Sacred Valley district. Ollantaytambo is a great starting point. If you like trekking and history you will appreciate the choices in this region. There are prehistoric Inca relics and agricultural terracing. Treks you might like include Pumamarca, Pinculluna, Salcantay (Salkantay Trek), Ausangate, Vilcambamba and Choquequirao.
The Cordilleras present trekking opportunites aplenty for variable capabilities. Trekkers are compensated for their efforts with beautiful surroundings, ragged summits and wide-ranging valleys. Huaraz makes for a wonderful base and is a great starting point. It is preferable to trek in the dry season between May and September, though April, October and November is ok too. Some of the best features include the Santa Cruz to Llanganuco trail, reaching beautiful blue lakes, the Olleros to Chavin trek which finishes at the Chavin de Huantar fortress temple, Huayhuash and Alpamayo.
The Colca Canyon also presents endless options with wonderful trekking in one of the worlds deepest canyons with a chance of seeing a few impressive condors in flight! Treks in this region include abrupt jaunts into the canyon, to the abundant green platform at the bottom of the canyon spotted with blazing blue pools.
Near by, in the landscapes encircling Arequipa there are many trekking opportunities. Excellent treks can be had on El Misti and Chachani, two of the mountains surrounding the city.
Altitude sickness is a reality in Peru. This doesn't mean you can't carry on with your trekking plans, you just need to be informed in order to combat it. Don't arrange any long treks in your first few days. It is vital to rest for the first few days and drink lots of bottled water. Altitude sickness symptoms are relentless headaches, sleepiness, disorientation, dry cough and breathlessness.