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For the adventurous spirit who enjoys the outdoors, travel to Peru to experience the vacation of a lifetime.
Join any number of South America tours for your journey to Peru, and the northwestern region of the continent.
Visitors to Peru will be situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains with a host ways to get close to nature. Plenty of Peru tours are available to help you get a lay of the land.
If you're planning an itinerary for Peru, be sure to include these ten outdoor activities to make the most of the lush, green land of Peru.
1. White Water Rafting
If hitting white water rapids sounds like a thrill, then the Urubamba River in Cusco is a definite hot spot.
This area is considered Peru's rafting capital, with the Andes providing amazing scenery beyond compare.
For those who wish for a more extreme experience, they can leave Cusco to journey in to the Tambopata River where they will ride on a rush of white water, and then find themselves in the jungle.
For the experienced rafter, a trip through the Colca Canyon near Arequipa would make for an ideal adventure.
2. Exploring Colca Canyon
In addition to seeing Colca Canyon from the water, it is an amazing place for hiking in Peru.
There are guided Peru tours through the Canyon, or one can go on solo trips. There are a range of opportunities from day hikes to three day stays.
The most advanced option involves a five day hike down the canyon, before crossing a snowy pass, and ending in the Valley of the Volcanos.
There are huts available for overnight stays, or hikers can bring a tent. The river adds the enticement of a swim in refreshing pools.
3. Volcano Climbing Near Arequipa
Volcano climbing near Arequipa should definitely be a goal for the outdoor enthusiast in Peru.
Known as the “White City,” in southern Peru, Arequipa's claim to fame is being surrounded by volcanoes.
Climbing to the peak of Picchu Picchu, one of the favorites, offers a breathtaking, colorful view as a reward.
El Misti cone is another prime location where tourists can admire white, volcanic rock.
Chachani provides one of the higher climbs for those who welcome a challenge.
4. Bird Watching in the Amazon
For wildlife and bird lovers, Peru boasts the second largest portion of Amazon rain forest, surpassed only by Brazil.
Ample opportunities to experience the flora and fauna can be found in the rain forest. Peru has a dense population of birds, butterflies, orchids, and mammals in the depths of the forest.
It would be well worth a tour to experience its wonders. There is even the possibility of new discoveries, seeing species that haven't even been identified before.
5. Surfing Peru’s Coast
Surfers will take delight in hitting the waves on the Pacific coast in Peru.
Mancora is a prime destination, featuring one of the largest of left-handed point breaks in the world. Surfers of any ability level can attempt the sport here with pleasure.
6. Trekking Cordillera Blanca
Cordillera Blanca is the White Mountain Range, and offers an exciting opportunity for those who love to go trekking.
Hikers can come in and acclimatize for a few days before enjoying a hike to even higher altitudes where they can admire the lakes, glaciers, rivers, and an ancient aqueduct.
At the end of their trip, they can rest for another day before going on to the next adventure.
7. Mountain Biking in Callejon de Huaylas
Callejon de Huaylas offers a great location for mountain biking.
This is the valley that runs between the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra mountain ranges.
Local companies offer guided trips, which will help the extreme biker to get the most out of the ride and the scenery.
8. Sand Boarding in the Oasis of Huacachina
The oasis of Huacachina located in the village of Ica offers many options and activities for adventure lovers.
Travel with a guide as you drive ATVs and sand buggies across sand dunes for the best sand boarding spots.
This activity is not only exhilarating as you surf down Peru’s sands, but is also a great place to experience the sunset, which seemingly changes the colors of the sand with each passing minute.
9. Parade in Cuzco
Cuzco, located in a valley, is the perfect setting to watch a parade of horseback riders trot by.
Known as the capital city of the Inca Empire, Cuzco lets tourists experience magnificent archaeological remains of impressive temples and buildings.
Depending on the day, one might see a cavalcade of riders that stroll through the town re-enacting important historical events.
Although not always in costume, these reenactments allow visitors to really learn about the history and truly understand the culture.
10. Paragliding in Lima
Due to the constant change and growth in the tourism industry over the past few years, Lima has expanded its activities to adjust to travelers' wants and needs.
One can now find paragliding schools throughout the city, and take a one-day course to learn about this exhilarating adventure.
Then take a leap with a highly trained instructor as you fly over the city below, and view the dynamic surroundings as you experience a pure rush of adrenaline.
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