For those who love trekking, Peru has to be one of the top destinations in South America where challenging mountain terrain meets fascinating archaeological sites, diverse landscapes from rugged peaks to dense rainforest as you descend in altitude, colourful and very traditional remote rural communities outside of the few urban centres – some of the continent’s most exhilarating and spectacular trails.
First and foremost for hikers is the chance to trek – instead of catching the train! – to Machu Picchu along ancient Inca pathways. Important to note is that there are several trails leading through the Sacred Valley towards Machu Picchu. The most well known – although with the most numbers on it – is the Inca Trail, for which permits must be purchased many months in advance, as numbers are strictly controlled. The scenery is quite unforgettable though and the Inca sites you discover enroute are fascinating and a preview of the grandeur and scale of the citadel of Machu Picchu.
If you want more solitude, head for the Salkantay or Lares Trails, which takes you through small remote communities that cannot be reached by road or rail, and offer rustic but comfortable mountain lodges, sustainably built (replete with gourmet cuisine and Jacuzzis!) instead of camping. All of these multi-day treks are reasonably strenuous, due to some high mountain passes, but the awe-inspiring views are your best reward. For the really fit and active, you could even combine a trip to the remote site of Choquequirao with Machu Picchu in around ten days.
Perhaps you have already visited Machu Picchu or simply are looking for a path less travelled. Journey instead from Cusco to the region surrounding Apu Ausangate, the highest mountain in southern Peru and sacred to its local people. Here you have a chance to hike among some beautiful Andean scenery and really get a chance to understand and interact with some of Peru’s remotest and most traditional local communities. Hiking between comfortable locally built mountain lodges that provide a source of income to the communities themselves, you will discover some of the most beautiful scenery in the country among the Andean peaks, a truly privileged journey that few get to uncover.
However you wish to explore the beautiful walking trails of Peru, we can help you design the perfect trekking holiday to Peru, perhaps combining Andes walking with a chance to explore the Amazon rainforest or discover the remote pre-Incan treasures of the north. We can arrange a private luxury camp or a private lodge to lodge trek for you and your friends or family if you wish with some very special mountain guides and those little touches to make your family adventure truly memorable.
Where else can one experience amazing walking holidays in Latin America?