Discover Peru’s adventurous side

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Published: December 13, 2017 11:55:06 AM

Some of the adventurous activities that one can indulge in are mountaineering, rock climbing, canopying, sand boarding, caving, diving, surfing, rafting and more

Adventure tourism has been growing significantly in Peru over the past few years

Peru is versatile and its geography proves to be an ideal destination for adventure. A warm desert coast, an imposing mountain range and a lush jungle provide various experiences and adventures including hiking in the mountains, sand boarding on coastal dunes and canoeing in rivers or trekking the Inca Trail. Adventure tourism has been growing significantly in Peru over the past few years. The Peruvian Association of Adventure Tourism and Specialized Ecotourism (APTAE) promotes sustainable tourism in the country. The path towards the consolidation of Peru as a new destination for adventure tourism is the sum of a set of long-term variables such as infrastructure, investment, reliability and promotion. APATE’s mission is to position a new destination, while ensuring it does not become saturated. The president of the association, Alfredo Ferreyros said, “We don’t just focus on the demand, we are focused about the supply.”

Some of the adventurous activities that one can indulge in are mountaineering, rock climbing, canopying, sand boarding, caving, diving, surfing, rafting and more. To trek in Peru is to walk through Andean landscapes with views of mountains and lagoons. One can journey along the Qhapaq Ñan, the network of ancient roads that connect the Inca Empire; experience the culture of the communities; hike along the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Áncash or wind down more than one route to Machu Picchu in Cuzco.

Peru’s beaches offer permanent surfing opportunities all year round, with small, big, long, tubular, high-peak and bell waves at destinations like Organos, Mancora, Cabo Blanco and more. In the rivers, where canoeing and rafting can also be enjoyed, tourists can travel by kayak or man boats. Some of the ideal waters for these activities are the Paracas, Lake Titicacas and Sandoval Lake.

The Cordillera Blanca is the highest tropical mountain range in the world and the Peruvian capital of mountaineering. The Huascaran National Park (PNH) has 663 glaciers, including the Huascaran (6,768 metres), the Huandoy (6,395 metres) and the Alpamayo (5,947 metres) glaciers. The PNH offers good accessibility, an adequate climate and is close to communities offering guide, porter and rescue services.

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