Hiking and trekking in Peru

We would encounter the mighty Andes cordillera for the first time in Peru, making this an excellent destination for hiking and trekking, and giving us an opportunity to catch up on our exercice and altitude fitness, after our time beach-bumming in Mexico!

Peru, located in the heart of the Pacific Ring of Fire, is endowed with some of the most varied and striking landscapes we have ever seen: from towering snow-capped mountain ranges and turquoise glacier lakes, to deep canyons and lush valleys, to perfectly conical volcanos and limitless parched deserts.

We started in the North, Huaraz, where we acclimatized to the 3000m+ altitude and got in a few hikes to various glacier lakes, to prepare for our 4-day ‘Santa Cruz’ trek. We then headed to the desert oasis Huacachina, in the South, to recover from the trek and also check out the famous Nasqa lines. From there, we spent some time in the very pleasant colonial city Arequipa, where Renaud succeeded his greatest hiking acheivement so far: a 2 day trey from 3400m to 5800m up the El Misti volcano. We then took 2 days to discover and walk down the deepest canyon in the world, Colca Canyon and watch the condors flying over our heads. Finally, we spent just under a week in Cusco to visit some unique ruins (Moray), hike up the aptly-named Rainbow Mountain, and discover the unmissable ancient Inca city Machu Picchu (another big hike and 1 of the 7 Wonders of the World!).

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