Get to know ideal destinations for adventure sports in Peru

Peru is a unique and wonderful country. Blessed with a varied geography, a pleasant climate, a vast sea, mountain peaks, and a beautiful Amazon jungle, the Inca nation provides enthusiasts with ideal destinations for adventure sports activities.


Mountain climbing

What better place than the Cordillera Blanca for mountain climbing in Peru. Located in Ancash region, north of Lima, this mountain range is home to 663 glaciers such as Huascaran (6,768 m), Huandoy (6,395 m), and Alpamayo (5,947 m), within the Huascaran National Park.


The most important peaks for the practice of mountaineering include Vallunaraju, Pisco, Ishinca, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, and Alpamayo. This is the best season of the year to do so.


Trekking can be done in many different locations. For instance, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Cusco region) is a life-changing experience.



This trek passes through different ecosystems, colossal archeological sites, as well as places with unique flora and fauna before reaching the sacred Incan citadel.

Other treks include trips to the Choquequirao archaeological complex, the Santa Cruz Llanganuco circuit, the Olleros–Chavin pre-Inca route, the Huayhuash circuit, and a tour around the impressive Alpamayo peak —one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.

In southern Arequipa region, Colca Valley offers a number of bridle paths, and the Route of the Volcanoes is one of the most popular among trekkers.


Kayaks can be used on rivers with a lower degree of difficulty —where canoeing and rafting can also be enjoyed— mainly in calm lakes.



The Paracas Bay in Ica region has become a popular place for water sports. There, kayaks are usually seen in the morning since the location provides perfect wind conditions for other sports like windsurfing in the afternoon.

Other options for kayaking in Peru are Lake Titicaca (Puno region), Lake Sandoval (Madre de Dios region), Lake Lindo (San Martin region), and Medio Mundo Lagoon (Lima region).


As is known, Peruvian beaches are ideal for surfers due to their great waves. The central coast, for instance, offers a permanent swell in winter (April-September), with different types of waves and a number of breakers one after the other.

In northern Peru, wave level rises between October and March.



The best beaches for surfing in Peru are Lobitos, Cabo Blanco, Los Organos and Mancora (Piura region), Chicama or Malabrigo –with the longest left in the world— as well as Pacasmayo and Huanchaco (La Libertad region).


Rainbow Mountain: How was it born?

The Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca is one of the most popular attractions in Cusco due to the variety of tones that cover it, but how did that happen? According to a report from the Cultural Landscape Office of the Decentralized Department of Culture, its appearance is due to “a complex geological history of marine, lacustrine and river sediments”.


“The mountains were formed due to the movement of the tectonic plates of the place and their colors were born because of the oxidation of their minerals, exerted by the humidity of the area and the erosion of the same,” César Muñoz, member of the Geological Society of Peru (SGP) told BBC.
Muñoz and the study of the Cultural Landscape Office detail the composition of each strip according to its color.



Pink or fuchsia: mixture of red clay, fangolitas (mud) and sand.
White: sandstone (quartz sand) and limestone.
Purple or lavender: marga (mixture of clay and calcium carbonate) and silicates.
Red: argillites and clays.
Green: clays rich in ferro magnesia (mixture of iron and magnesium) and copper oxide.
Yellowish brown, mustard or golden: limonites, calcareous sandstones rich in sulfur minerals (combined with sulfur).

Peru Dakar 2018

Peru, home of the 40th edition 2018 Dakar Rally

Peru returns to live the maximum adrenaline on wheels! After several years of absence, the Peruvian coasts will once again host the 2018 Dakar Rally, the most competitive and famous motor event in the world, which promises to surprise its fans in its 40th world edition.

Lima will be the starting point of the Dakar 2018, where hundreds of pilots will cross the Peruvian south, crossing its impressive dunes, then travel through the highland country of Bolivia and end the motoring party in the province of Córdoba in Argentina.

The event will start next January 6 and will run until the 20th of the same month, being the latest rally of the ten editions that is celebrated in South America.

On the other hand, the last time that Peru was part of this automobile competition, more than 20 thousand people, among assistants, pilots and technical team visited the city of Paracas, generating income of US $ 2 million, said Eduardo Jáuregui, president Of the Chamber of Tourism and Foreign Trade of Paracas.

And for this new edition, he estimates commercial movements that surpass the US $ 3 million in the southern city.

Heritage protection

Regarding competitors’ travel, the necessary measures are being taken not to jeopardize the cultural heritage. No vehicle may enter the Paracas National Reserve; Consequently, the desert will cross the road parallel to the South Pan-American.

He also said that Paracas is the perfect setting for the Dakar, for its desert and dunes, where they develop such sporting activities.

Machu Picchu Leader

Machu Picchu leader of ‘The 25 most popular attractions in the world’ by TripAdvisor

Peru for the world! The Inca citadel continues to be recognized outside its borders. This time, it ranked first in the world in the category ‘The 25 most popular places of interest in the world’, conducted by TripAdvisor, competing with large metropolis such as St. Peter’s Basilica, Eiffel Tower in France, Taj Mahal in India and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016 are the most important awards in the tourism industry organized by TripAdvisor, which receives about 340 million visits per month. This recognition is given through the qualifications made by travelers, who provide opinions and comments on the quality, service and satisfaction of each trip made.

The imperial city of Machu Picchu was able to position itself before enigmatic places like the Cathedral of Notre Dame (France), Great Wall of China (China), Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Brazil), Chichen Itza (Mexico), Sydney Opera House (Australia), among others.

Recall that the page Lonely Planet positioned Choquequirao in the first place of the list Best in Travel 2017, in the regions category. Also, the National Geographic Traveler Magazine of the United Kingdom, placed the country of the Incas in the fifth place of the destinations not to be missed for travel in 2017. Finally, for the fifth consecutive year, Peru was chosen as World’s Best Culinary Destination in World Travel Awards 2016.


Rules for Visiting Machu Picchu

New rules for visiting Machu Picchu

In order to ensure the adequate flow of tourist visits to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the Decentralized Culture Bureau of Cusco ordered that, from July 1, 2017, all the articles of the “Regulation on Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the Conservation of the Llaqta or Inca City of Machupicchu” will be effective .

Two entry periods have been established for the visits: the first one will run from 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the second, from 12:00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The use of a tour guide will be mandatory. The guides will be able to attend a maximum of groups of 16 people. The guides will deliver a ticket that will serve tourists who wish to re-enter Machu Picchu the next day to be shown at the entrance of the citadel.

It should be noted that tickets that have been booked and purchased until May 2 for the months between July and December will not have restrictions on the entry and exit.

This implementation responds to compliance with the “Regulation on Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the Conservation of the Llaqta or Inca City of Machupicchu”, approved by Ministerial Resolution No. 070-2017 of the Ministry of Culture.



With over 6 years of experience organising treks and tours, Pacha Peru Explorers is one of the top operators in Peru and has built up an excellent record with our customers. We always aim to offer an excellent service to each and every person and are constantly looking for ways we can improve to make your trip of a lifetime even better.

Another very important reason to book with us is so that you can guarantee that you will be going on a fair and ethical trip. Pacha Peru Explorers is the leader in sustainable tourism here in Cusco.


Peru’s climate varies depending on where you visit.

On the coast it is usually quite hot although during the winter (April-August) it can get chilly early in the morning and at night.

In the Andes there are two main seasons – wet and dry. The wet season runs from November to April and is wet but usually warmer overall. The dry season runs from May to October and has hot clear days but cold nights.

The only one thing you can say about the weather in Peru is that it is difficult to accurately predict. You can beautifully clear hot days in the middle of the wet season and hail storms in the dry season – it’s one of the beauties of Peru.


You should always consult your local travel clinic regarding vaccines. In general the regular vaccines such as Tetanus, Diptheria, Polio etc are recommended. If you are visiting the low-land jungle then Yellow Fever is recommended.


All of our treks (the Inca Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate etc.) are moderately difficult, long and mountainous. We highly recommend that you are relatively fit and acclimatised to altitude (a minimum of 2 days at altitude) before undertaking them.  During the months (or at the very least, one month) before your trip, you should take regular, moderate exercise.  We want you to have an amazing experience and the fitter you are, the more enjoyable the treks will be.


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What Causes Altitude Illnesses :
The primary cause of altitude illnesses is going too high too quickly. Given time, your body can adapt to the decrease in oxygen at specific altitudes. This is known as acclimatization and generally takes 1 to 3 nights at a given altitude.

Prevention of Altitude Illnesses:
Prevention of altitude illnesses falls into two categories, proper acclimatization and preventive medications. Below are a few basic guidelines for proper acclimatization. Start below 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) and walk up.

  •  Do not over-exert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  •  If you go above 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), only increase your sleeping elevation by 1,000 feet (305 meters) per day and for every 3,000 feet (915 meters) of elevation gained, take a rest day.
  •  If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude illness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease
  •  If symptoms increase, go down, down, down!
  •  Keep in mind that different people will acclimatize at different rates.
  •  Stay properly hydrated.
  •  Take it easy; don’t over-exert yourself when you first get up to altitude.
  •  Avoid tobacco, alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills.
  •  Eat a high carbohydrate diet while at altitude.

Preventive Medications  (requiring prescriptions):

* Diamox (Acetazolamide) changes acid balance which allows you to increase breathing and improve oxygen uptake – the same mechanism as in normal acclimatization , but  faster

* Dexamethasone (a steroid) is a drug that decreases brain and other swelling, helping to reverse the effects.


No, you need to carry a valid ID (passport) with the name you used during your booking to enter the park.


Sustainability Policy


Sustainability Policy

At Pacha Peru Explorers, we offer packages, that include visits to protected areas, especially in the Peruvian Amazon. When visiting protected areas, we have made sure, that our clients are always guided by local, specially trained tour guides that make sure the fragile ecosystem is not disturbed and that awareness for the need of protection for this area is risen.



Pacha Peru Explorers provides authentic, ones-in- a-lifetime travel experiences, by taking travelers to local communities and cultural heritage, without negatively effecting the environment or the cultural identity of the places visited. Pacha Peru Explorers obligates itself to closely cooperate with its suppliers (transportation, accommodation, guides, etc.) and clients and provides them with guidelines of how to operate and act responsibly. Although being focused on preserving the cultural heritage of each destination, Pacha Peru Explorers is highly dedicated to ensure the introduction of sustainability into the management system in its entirety, including environmental, social and economic issues.


Pacha Peru Explorers recognizes the importance of involving its staff into the process of introducing the topic of sustainability and sustainable development into the company. Therefore, the topic is subsequently on the agenda of the weekly meetings with the staff of our office in Cusco and of the monthly meetings with our tour guides and drivers, who work with Pacha Peru Explorers on a freelancer basis.


Pacha Peru Explorers is regularly monitoring and evaluating its actions with regards to sustainability. This includes the detailed assessment of the current action plan, to monitor which actions have been taken (and which ones have to be further worked on) and to evaluate if the action taken has been a success or with difficulties have been occurred


Travel Tips

Are you looking for travel advices to go to Peru? Find here the best travel tips for your trip to Peru.


Citizens from most countries in the Americas and Western Europe do not require visas to enter Peru. Bolivians, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, and Chileans may enter determined regions of the country just by presenting their national identification documents. The maximum authorized length of stay is 90 days. Information on Peruvian consulates and embassies abroad can be found at

Important information: It is very important to keep the migration paper (Tarjeta Andina de Migracion), that you receive at the border, until you cross the border again to go back to your home country. Preferably, keep this paper safe together with your passport. All the hotels where you will be staying at make copies of this small document, and upon return you have to show this document at the border in order to leave the country. Therefore, we strongly advise you not to lose it. (See also image).


The official languages in Peru are Spanish (80% of the population), Quechua (Andean and highland regions), and Aymara (in the Puno high plateau). In addition, there are around 50 native languages. Most people who work in tourism or provide tourist services speak English.


In general, most outlets in Peru use 220 volts. Most 4 and 5-star hotels have outlets equipped for 110 volts. Most outlets use two types of plugs, which are shown below.


To avoid altitude sickness or soroche, we suggest following the steps:

Do not exercise too much on the first day in high altitude areas
Eat lightly during the first two days.
Drink plenty of water and high energy drinks.
If you have any heart, respiratory or pulmonary problems, please consult your doctor
We highly recommend drinking lots of coca tea. The consumption of coca tea, as well as chewing the leaves, increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood.


In order to dial from overseas, please dial 00 then 51(the Peru code) and then the city code: Lima 1, Cusco 84, Puno 51, Arequipa 54, and finally the phone number.

Dialing in Peru:
National calls (from city to city): Add zero before the city code.
Local calls (within the same city): Dial the number only.
Emergency numbers:
- Police: 105
- Ambulance: 106
- Fire Brigade: 116


If you need to contact us for any reason please call our local office in Cusco.

Pacha Peru Explorers
Office Hours:
Mon to Sun: 24  hours
Cusco: 24 Hours Phones:
Javier: (51) 998-037474 / (51) 978292996