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Peru tour attractions: interesting adventure activities

Everyone interested in going to Peru or has read anything about Peru, knows that Peru is famous for its adventure hikes, high altitudes and many other Peru tour attractions. Machu Picchu is on the top of every ones list for a must see when in Peru and there are two different ways to arrive to Machu Picchu, firstly and what many people do is hiking the Inca Trail. But, if hiking is not your thing than you are able to take the train to Machu Picchu.

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Not only is the Inca Trail available to walk to Machu Picchu, there are other treks also that offer spectacular scenery, challenging walks and all ending at the Inca Citadel. There are many other treks to choose from with the most popular being the Salkantay Trek taking around five days of hard tiring work to reach Machu Picchu. Next there is the Choquequirao trek, passing spectacular mountains and lakes before reaching Machu Picchu four days later, these are two examples of alternative treks you may do there are many more, but hiking is not the only adventure activity  available in Peru, here we will give you some examples of the many other adventures you can have in Peru.

Mountain biking

Most of the best mountain biking opportunities are around the Cusco region, where there are many different paved and single-track routes for you to use your expertise. Operators in Cusco offer half day to multi day trips so you will need to look on the internet to find one that interest you.

Just near Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, there is Maras Moray bike route. Combining the beautiful and rarely visited Inca site of Moray and the Inca salt flats, this is an enjoyable day and involves some downhill biking and you must be careful on the roads.

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Rafting

Some say that Peru has some of the best rafting in the world, especially in the central Andes, which is full of fast flowing rocky rivers perfect for rafting. In the south of Peru the Urubamba river ( close to Cusco ), the Apurimac River and the Cotahuasi ( close to the Colca Canyon) are generally the best rivers for rafting, Apart from rafting, Kayaking is popular with tourists. Generally kayaking is done on the more peaceful lagoons in places like Sandoval Lake in the Amazon Jungle region of Peru or on Lake Titicaca in Puno, but the vastness of the lake can be sometimes a bit daunting. Just south of Lima is the Paracas bay, which is also becoming popular with kayakers.

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Dune buggying and Sandboarding

Huacachina is located south of Lima on the edge of the desert. There are no important ancient sites here but over the past few years, Huacachina is becoming increasingly popular for Dune buggying and Sandboarding, buggy tours can be found everywhere around Huacachina and for the adventure junkie this will be the tour for you. Sand boards can also be hired for a small cost. Sandboarding is fun for all the family, but be aware the climb to the top of the dunes can be strenuous especially in the heat of the day, make sure you take a hat and sunscreen as the sun is very hot and can burn you.

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Surfing

Some believe Peru has some of the best surfing beaches in the world, with surfing opportunities all year, with tubular, high peak and bell waves along most of the coast. These beaches in Peru are considered to be the best for catching waves Cabo Blanco, Lobito’s, Chicama (this beach has the longest wave in the world), Huanchaco, Pacasmayo and Los Organos, with various types of accommodation available to pass your surfing holiday.

Surfing

Paragliding

Paragliding adventures in Peru offer some spectacular locations, over the sea seems to be the most popular and also amazing mountain scenery that you will see anywhere. On the coast of Lima every day you will see people paragliding, there are many tour operators you can contact if you are interested in this adventure sport.

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Mountaineering

Peru is located in the Andes Mountain range, the second highest in the world, with its different peaks the Andes is perfect for all hikers from beginners to advance. Peru unrivaled scenery makes the mountains a major draw card for mountaineers from all over the world. Some of the best climbing spots in Peru are at the Cordillera Blanca located in the Huascaran National Park, which features over six hundred glaciers. In addition, there is the Cordillera Volcanica, a range of peaks and volcanos near the city of Arequipa. Located near Cusco is the Cordillera Vilcabamba located between the Bilcabama and the Apurimac Rivers.

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Adventures are not hard to find in Peru, with many different activities on offer, for the serious adventure addict and the not so serious, if you want to travel to Peru, this country is the perfect destination for your next adventure holiday.

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