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Must-do adrenaline-inducing adventures in Peru

April 10, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

unnamed (10)With Peru’s geographically diverse landscape, the possibility for adventure is endless. Kayak across the world’s highest navigable lake, surf undiscovered waves, climb through a rainforest canopy, hike ancient routes, fish for piranhas deep in the Amazon and paraglide over Peru’s picturesque capital city.
For years travellers have explored Peru for its rich culture, culinary delights and history, but it is these must-do unique adventures that should be on every intrepid traveller’s list.

Get high in Lima
Lima is Peru’s enigmatic capital and for travellers who would like a bird’s eye view of this incredible cosmopolitan playground, getting high above the city is essential. Paragliding in Lima is the perfect way to survey both surfers and city slickers with daily paragliding tours taking off from Raimondi Park and soaring over the modern Miraflores district, the bohemian suburb of Barranco and the picturesque coastline.

Peru’s undiscovered surf scene
For an extreme coastal experience and to discover Peru’s vibrant surf scene, escape the city and head to Chicama, a surfing town in northern Peru where budding surfers are said to have found the world’s longest left-hand wave. Chicama is a must for the intrepid Aussie surfer. Surfers estimate the wave peels for an incredible four kilometres.unnamed (9)

Adrenaline alternative – The Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu
The Lares Adventure is a great alternative to the more heavily travelled Inca Trail. This route is riddled with cultural attractions, roving herds of alpacas and llamas, snow peaks, glacial lakes and a panorama of waterfalls. With new mountain lodges opening along the trail trekkers now have the option of deluxe “base camps”. The more challenging trails bring guests to remote passes with views of Andean peaks, with the occasional condor soaring above.

Piranha fishing in the Amazon
For those brave enough, piranha fishing in the Amazon is one of the most unique experiences in Peru. No need to bring bait, fresh bait is in abundance here and fresh is the piranha’s favourite. Expect to catch many different kinds of piranha as well as delicious local Peruvian fish including sabalo. Piranhas are a popular food in Peru with many recipes available to cook up a catch at the end of the day.

Canopy climb through Tambopata Jungle
The Tambopata Jungle harbours some of the most biodiverse rainforest in the country, and possibly the entire Amazon basin. Remote, wild, but still easily accessible, makes the Tambopata Jungle an easy addition to any Peruvian itinerary. Canopy climbs run daily, adventurers can scale age old trees, some 100 feet high, to check the nests of breeding macaws.

Sand boarding in Huacachina
Only four hours from Lima is Huacachina, a tiny oasis town in the middle of the Peruvian desert, where sandboarding reins supreme. Peruvians are the experts, heading to the sweeping sand dunes of Huacachina taking with them only a board and a candle stick – locals use the wax to add speed to the bottom fo their boards.

Adrenaline at altitude – Kayak Lake Titicaca
Under the steam of kayak and paddle, travellers can explore the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. At this high-altitude everything is different; Lake Titicaca is one of the most stunning lakes in the world, fringed by the snow-capped Andes Mountains and dotted with several islands that are home to the incredible Quechua and Aymara villages.

Peru, with its fascinating mix of culture, cuisine and adrenaline-inducing adventures, is a must-do destination that awaits exploration.

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