Peru’s diverse climates and varying terrain offer a haven to travelers of all types – ranging from those looking for an activity packed holiday to people hoping for just a taste of adventure. The jagged peaks and scenic valleys of the Andes offer options like trekking, biking and ziplining, while the deserts, rainforests and beaches across the rest of the country boast experiences like surfing, whale watching, and sand boarding. As the luxury Peru adventure travel experts, Aracari can arrange any of these experiences as a part of a tailormade trip to Peru.
The Best Peru Adventure Travel Activities
Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite adventure-seeking activities in Peru!
- Trek the world-renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as a multi-day camping trek, or a one-day hike
- Bike to the salt pans of Maras and agricultural Incan terraces of Moray
- Zip line to your own private pod hanging off a cliff for a memorable night’s accommodation at Skylodge
- Go stand-up paddle boarding surrounded by rolling hills with a delicious pop-up picnic lunch
- Horse back ride through pre-Incan terraces in the Colca Canyon
- Kayak or windsurf on little-visited lakes in the Andes
- Raft down thrilling rivers in the Sacred Valley
- Dune buggy or sand board in the desert of Paracas
- Climb above the rainforest canopy in the Amazon Jungle
Visit our trekking page for more details on the wide range of trekking options we offer – from day treks, to multi-day camping to multi-day lodge-to-lodge treks that will each suit different ages and fitness levels.
The Aracari Difference
As experts in tailormade, luxury Peru adventure travel, Aracari makes sure that all experiences are held to an extremely high standard. Our offerings are personally tried and tested by members of staff, so we can properly advise you on difficulty and level of skill required to participate. We guarantee expertly trained guides in safety and rescue procedures for the activities you partake in, and all of our equipment is state of the art.
Adventures with Aracari also offer an appropriate level of luxury, and are always on a private basis. For example, our mid-activity picnics serve delicious food in remote settings, our bike rides are accompanied by a van in case a traveler decides they are not suited to continue, and our camping treks offer two levels of luxury service both staffed with cooks and porters to carry your equipment.
Adventure Destinations in Peru
Cusco and the Sacred Valley
Cusco the Sacred Valley region are home to a myriad of treks and some of the best adventure pursuits for the widest range of skill sets. With a rich history, adventure in the area is often accompanied by wonderful educational opportunities and visits to Inca or pre-Inca sites. Treks to little-visited ruins, paddle boarding on high altitude lakes, and rafting down class III rapids are just a few of the thrills in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Enjoy your time in the area at one of the best hotels in Cusco or one of our favorite’s in the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna.
The Cordillera Blanca
Often compared to mountain ranges like the Himalayas, The Cordillera Blanca in the northern Andes of Peru offers different, and arguably more dramatic scenery than the Cusco area. As the highest tropical mountain range in the world, it boasts more than fifty snow-capped peaks above 5,700 meters (18,700 feet) including Peru’s highest mountain Huascaran (6,768 metres/22,204 feet). These peaks offer unparalleled vistas, and are the backdrops for incredible treks and climbs. Visitors can enjoy a well-deserved rest after their adventure activities at Lazy Dog Inn and Llanganuco Lodge.
The Amazon Jungle
A different kind of Peru adventure travel, the Amazon Jungle offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and unique excursions. Here you can climb to the top of the canopy, and admire the expansive jungle from a lookout point higher than the trees, take a night boat ride in search of caiman, a small alligator type creature that your guide will catch and possible even let you hold, and explore the forest with scientists to help identify species. For adventure travelers we recommend a stay at Tambopata Research Center, the most remote Amazon jungle lodge in Peru.
The Colca Canyon
In the south of Peru lies the second deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon. Here visitors can explore the wonders of the area on foot or horse thanks to the myriad of hiking and horseback riding options. In the region Colca Lodge and Belmond Las Casitas both promise a luxurious and comfortable stay in intimately natural settings.
10 Days / 9 Nights
The Inca trail is the most famous trek in South America and deservedly so, with three major sets of Inca ruins reachable only on foot along the way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu. Click to learn more.
Peru Adventure Travel With Aracari
Whether you are an high-energy, adventurous spirit aiming to explore the rugged side of Peru, or a family with younger children looking to keep active and get outdoors on your trip, Aracari can recommend the best Peru adventure travel options with the right level of luxury to suit you.
Contact us now to get in touch with an expert travel planner to start planning your Peruvian adventure.