Peru: Hiking - Walking

Mountainous terrain, vast coastal deserts and steamy, tropical rainforests

Peru's Andean highlands offer breathtaking views of mountain scenery and superb lakes. You can join one of the many organised tours in Peru and hike the ancient Inca Trail, over mountain passes. You will feel as if you are walking into a region that has been sealed off from time. Starting at the sentry post of Runkuraqay, you will pass through fascinating ruins, while you are surrounded all the time by ice-capped mountains and forests.

The trail ends at the astonishingly well-preserved city of Machu Picchu. Of course there are many other hiking trips you can take too. Many tour companies that provide walking holidays in Peru will combine hill walking with visits to archaeological sites. Some will even allow you to customise their walking tours of Peru to suit your own interests. It is always better either to join an organised group hike, or if you are an independent traveller, employ a reputable local guide. You will also need to cope with high altitudes, if you are planning to walk in the Andes.