From surfing the longest left hand wave in the world to trekking through the Andes to visit villages where ancient traditions continue to still exist, Peru is the ideal location for adventure sports. More than 12,000 lakes, mountains with eternal snows that rise over 6,000 metres into the heavens and the deepest canyons in the world are part of the adrenaline rush that Peru has to offer.
With its diverse landscape and multi-climate terrain, Peru offers a wealth of natural outdoor adventures for year-round enjoyment.
Peru is a veritable paradise for hikers. The highland spine of the country includes valleys, plains and massifs which feature trekking circuits varying in degrees of difficulty. To trek Peru is to journey through incredibly breathtaking Andean countryside with a backdrop of everlastingly white mountains and crystal clear lakes. Walk along the Inca Trail and discover the network of roads built by the Incas to unite their empire and see the culture of communities that adorn the pathways.
After the Himalayas, the Andes are the highest mountains in the world. Areas such as Huascaran National Park provide world class opportunities for adventure and mountain-oriented tourism, with more than 50 peaks at over 19,000 feet including Peru's highest peak Huascaran. The Peruvian Andes feature mountains of different technical difficulty levels- from high to medium to easy – as well as the chance to make first assaults and the opportunity to open new climbing routes.
The Peruvian coastline is bathed by Pacific waves meaning the water temperature is warm all year round. If you go north, the best surfing beaches are Cabo Blanco, Mancora, Lobitos, Chicama (famous for having the longest left hand wave in the world), Huanchaco and Pacasmayo. In the centre of the country, great surf beaches include Punta Rocas – the site of one World Qualifying Series surfing tournament; Pico Alto, whose waves are compared to those in Hawaii and Punta Hermosa.
The Peruvian Andes and their plunging canyons turn Peru into a magnificent stage for rafting and kayaking. The most renowned rivers are the Apurimac in Apurimac (class II and V), the Cotahuasi in Arequipa (class V) and the Tambopata in the jungle. For kayaking, the best place is Lake Titicaca (Puno) - the highest navigable lake in the world.