With a variety of distinct hiking tours to choose from, your choice isn’t an easy one. Know this…each one is filled with once in a lifetime memories, pictures, and stories to pass on.
Located in western South America and bordered by Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile. The Republic of Peru is a geographically diverse country with the Amazon rainforest stretching more than half the size of the country and serving as home to over ten thousand plants and animals.
Peru may be one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources. Gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, and iron is found across the country. Yet, even so, jobs there can be very hard to find, and Peru remains one of the world’s poorest countries economically.
Peru ranks amongst the world’s great centers of ancient civilization. Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors pilgrimage to the glorious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, yet this site is just one small site in a 5000-year history of peoples. The sun-worshipping Incas are the most famous in a long line of developed cultures that thrived thousands of years before the Spanish invasion yet they continue to capture the interest of travelers and archaeologists. The fact that we know so little about these cultures as they left no written records, just mysterious work in gold, silver, and stone only seems to add to the fascination. Immerse yourself, and you’ll leave Peru a little closer to the past.
Researchers who came to Peru found that an astonishing 83 of 103 possible ecological zones packed in its borders. Apart from the impressive ruins hidden in the highlands, the Peruvian Andes has become a mecca for hikers and mountain climbers and those who want to enjoy a spectacular mountain scenery. With more than half of Peru being part of the Amazon Rainforest and the coastal strip (home to the Nazca lines) being one of the world’s driest desert it easy to see why Peru is one of the most diverse and impressive countries on earth and a paradise for the active traveler.
But ancient ruins and natural wonders are only a fraction of the story. Peru’s people and culture have mixed and evolved over hundreds of years while still maintaining the life and legacy of its ancient cultures. Peru has become world renown for its food as Lima has become a capital for fusion cuisine. Over time conquests and immigration led to the natural combination of the complex cuisine of indigenous, Spanish, African, and Asian influence making fusion exist long before the world took notice.
No matter how you chose to spend your time in Peru the adventure usually lies in getting there.