6 active adventures in Peru
Paraglide in Lima
In the coastal district of Miraflores in Lima, you will see countless parachutes flying overhead. Walk down to a small, grassy launchpad overlooking the sandy cliffs of the coast and you’ll find pilots itching to take out their next customer. What’s special about paragliding in Lima compared to others flights we’ve taken is that you not only fly over the city’s skyscrapers, but also spiral over the sea. It’s a thrilling and beautiful thing to do. Plus, you don’t need any experience; all you have to do is sit back and enjoy while your pilot does all the work.
Wildlife tour of Islas Ballestas
If you haven’t had the chance to visit the Galapagos yet, you can get a taste of it in Peru. Islas Ballestas are sometimes called “little Galapagos.” A boat safari will reveal sea lions, penguins, blue-footed boobies, and fur seals. It’s well worth the hour-long boat ride out to the islands.
Hike the Inca Trail or Sacred Valley
There are ancient trails throughout the country and a trip to Peru wouldn’t be complete without hiking to some ruins. The Inca Trail may be the most popular trek to Machu Picchu, but there are others. The Sacred Valley even has some great day hikes. We explored the ancient town of Ollantaytambo that dates back to the 13th century. If you have a longer amount of time, you must take the four days to trek to Machu Picchu; it will be a life-changing experience.
So many people think of Brazil when it comes to traveling the Amazon, but Peru has a massive portion of the rainforest. You need to hop on a flight to the town of Iquitos to board a cruise, but once you are there, you’ll find yourself truly in the middle of a wild and untamed land. You can go hiking in the jungle, swimming with pink dolphins, fishing for piranha, and boating on the world’s largest river. This is the ultimate adventure in Peru.