Trekking

A paradise for walkers

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To trek in Peru is to walk through beautiful Andean landscapes with stunning views of mountains and lagoons. One can journey along the Qhapaq Ñan, the network of ancient roads that connected the Inca Empire; experience the culture of the communities; hike along the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Áncash or find more than one route to Machu Picchu in Cuzco.

Almost all the mountain ranges, including valleys, plains and hills, offer trekking routes with higher or lower degrees of difficulty.
Only some of these trails have been ‘discovered’ as commercial trekking routes. The rest remain unexplored, awaiting lovers of these magical Andean paths, with their extraordinary network of pre-Hispanic paths and over 12,000 lagoons, with the deepest canyons on earth, glaciers and snowy peaks, forests and waterfalls, beautiful towns and, above all, the most hospitable people that one could imagine.

There are roads that are so steep that they get lost in abysses that take your breath away; zigzagging trails that stretch across the mountains; long, flat tracks that seem that seem to lose themselves in the immensity of the desert; hidden and imperceptible paths in the dense vegetation of the Amazonian forests.

Peru’s trails are perfect for all levels of difficulty and experience.

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Inca trail to Machu Picchu

The trail crosses through different ecosystems, colossal archaeological sites and terrain rich in flora and fauna, before arriving at the Machu Picchu citadel.

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Huancaya

The Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve offers visitors the possibility of walking through landscapes surrounded by nature, rivers, waterfalls (Hualhuas) and being at the foot of the Western Cordillera peaks.

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Santa Cruz llanganuco Ravine

The 62 km trek begins in Cashapampa (35 km north of Caraz), continues along the Santa Cruz ravine, then ascends to the Alpamayo base camp. It then crosses Punta Unión (4,750 masl) and passes through Huaripampa ravine before ending at Llanganuco Lagoon.

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Road to Choquequirao

The road begins in the town of Cachora, Apurímac (2,900 masl). Along the route, one can see the impressive landscapes of the Apurímac River (at a depth of 3,000 metres), up to the Choquequirao archaeological site.

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Olleros – Chavín Llama Trek

A very high track on a pre-Inca pilgrim road (37 km). The trek uses llamas as pack animals. The trek ends at the Chavín de Huantar temple, an archaeological monument and World Heritage site.

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Huayhuash range round circuit

The trail (180 km) begins and ends in Chiquián. Over 12 days, the trail travels along the north side of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, passing onto its eastern slopes and ending on the west side.

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Colca Valley

Colca Valley offers a variety of horse trails that unite the fertile terracing systems or mountains.

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Alpamayo round circuit

The 80 km trail begins in Pampa Huallcayán in the direction of Huishcash and takes in the mountains, passing by the Yaino archaeological site.

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Ausangate and Salkantay round circuits

A walk along ancient paths that link traditional farming and Quechua camel-herder villages.

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Cotahuasi Valley

The route begins in the town of Cotahuasi, and follows the ancient paths along one of the deepest canyons in the world (3,535 meters).

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Tinajani Canyon

The broad and beautiful landscapes of Tinajani stretch over 250 hectares.

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Taraco Heights

A trip 3,000 meters above sea level, along the ancient rural paths of Huancané, past the chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani and the Umayo lagoon, to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (3,810 meters above sea level).

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