PERU TRAVEL PLANNER
Peru Hiking Tours
Most of the adventurous travelers, have one particular goal in mind,
that Peru has to offer; due to is consider one of the most famous in
south America, however exists other alternatives routes as fascinating
Salkantay (the highest)
Choquequirao ( called the other
Anyway, there are a several tours of hiking with inhospitable journeys
in the wildest and most unspoiled regions of the Peruvian Andes. The
visitors that are avid of live an unforgettable experience, will find a
real adventure amongst spectacular Mountains; vast valleys, stunning
landscapes, a variety of flora and fauna species (a few of them in
danger of extinct) and diverse of colorful orchids around the Sanctuary.
In Peru you will find the Best hiking routes guaranteed!
The Inca Trail is part of a 30 000 Km (18 641.14 miles) highway system, that
integrated the great Inca Empire of Tawantinsuyo. Trekking this Incan highway is
a fascinating experience, is a truly combination of history, natural beauty and
magic, the trail is paved with blocks of stone; it has authentic incan stone
stairways, tunnels and wooden bridges; and crosses rivers, imposing mountains,
small valleys, warm cloud forests and cold highlands. There are over 250 known
species of orchids, numerous birds, animals and reptiles and several species
close to extinction.
The inka trail network is closed during February each year.
The Vilcabamba Range offers some of the best trekking in Peru. The mountain
chains with their many peaks surround the many Inca roads of the area. This
route combines a high altitude trek in the environs of the great Mount Salkantay
(20,577.43 feet) and the beautiful valley of the Urubamba Valley, and ends with
a link to the last stretch of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu along a route
seldom taken by walkers along the banks of the Urubamba River.
Trekking in this area takes you into the remote and rarely visited Lares
Valley with the spectacular backdrop of the Urubamba Mountains, and has several
snow-capped peaks, the best know of which is Veronica (5,750m. The Lares Valley
lies to the east of the Urubamba range and its easily accessible from Cusco.
The Lares valley is one of the most picturesque villages in the southern part of
Cusco. Lares Valley is particularly well know for its very high-quality,
brightly coloured weavings and characteristic upturned hats, many of the popular
tourist markets being supplied from here. The trek itself is rated moderate,
similar to the Inca Trail.
There are, however, one pass over 4000m so it is essential that you are well
acclimatized to the altitude.
Situated in the Vilcabamba Range, above the Apurimac canyon, stands
CHOQUEQUIRAO that means Cradle of Gold, which was one of the control points for
access to the Kingdom of Vilcabamba at the time of the Spanish conquest. Its
palaces and temples in two levels, system of fountains, canals and aqueducts and
its fantastic land shelves covered by thick vegetation were presumably built
during the Inca Pachakuteq government (XV century) This archaeological complex
has been compared to Machu Picchu in terms of size, construction and spectacular
location (10,203.41 feet above sea level), The site is reached after a two-day
trek from the village of Cachora, which is two and a half hours by road from
Cusco. It is in Cachora that our muleteers, horses and mules will be waiting for
Ausangate is the highest mountain in Cusco, at 6,384 meters, and it is the
most emblematic aspect of the region’s geography. This trek takes us around the
mountain, beginning at its north face. It is a marvelous 4-day hike passing
enormous glaciers and dozens of highland lakes, where we will be able to observe
several species of Andean vicuñas.
This program can be concluded in Ollantaytambo to enable participants to
continue to Machupicchu.
Available from April to November.
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