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Hiking in Peru On Inca Trails is Popular with Adventure Travelers

You can explore archeological ruins while hiking on ancient Inca trails in Peru


Hikers in Machu Picchu, Peru

People hiking down from the Sun Gate to the main ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru

L Friedland

Hiking on tiny ledges weaving up and down 13,000-foot-high mountains, as you follow the ancient Inca trails to Machu Picchu is the most well-known and popular trip with many Americans. The number of groups allowed on the most popular route is limited, due to ecological reasons, but several adventure travel companies are now trekking on lesser known trails. Trips start at various points along the route from Cuzco to Machu Picchu that the Incas once created while moving between the two cities, so the number of days on the trails varies. No matter which trail you follow, as you walk through the Sun Gate and look down at the so-called Lost City, the view is unforgettable.

Hiking in Colca Canyon, believed to be the deepest canyon in the world, is a wonderful experience because you also get to see the giant condors fly. Views of the desolate countryside, the passes through 14,000-foot-high mountains, and the nature preserves where vicuna roam, during rugged 100-mile drive from Arequipa to the rim of Colca Canyon, make the trip worthwhile. Depending upon where one chooses to stay along the rim, you can hike from tiny town to town, soak in hot springs, go rafting on the river flowing through the canyon, and watch farmers till their lands on terraces first cleared by Inca farmers centuries ago.

Adventure Travel Companies Offering Peru Trips

Images of Peru's Machu Picchu and Colca Canyon

To explore see Machu Picchu visit Images of Machu Picchu. To see the giant condors and the depth of Colca Canyon visit Colca Canyon

Learn More About Adventure Travel in Peru

For more information about exploring Peru visit About.com's South America Travel Web site. Also, visit the official Peru Tourism Web site.
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