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Your Guide to Peru's Hiking Trails: Photos, Filters, and FAQs

8 Hiking Trails

What to expect

Peru has 8 trails including extra difficult, medium, and difficult trails. The trail with the highest elevation climb is the Choquequirao Trek and the one with the least climb is the Ausangate Trek. The longest trail is Huayhaush Hike at 122 km. To complete this hike you should budget at least 9 days. For a shorter adventure, you can try the Colca Canyon Trek a t 18.5 km. This could be done in as little as 2 days. Trails with the best offering of hostels include Inca Trail, Santa Cruz Trek, Huayhaush Hike, Colca Canyon Trek, and Lares Trail.

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FAQs about hiking in Peru

What is the climate like for hiking in Peru?

Peru's climate varies greatly due to its geography. Coastal areas, like Lima, are mild year-round, but rainy from April to December. The Andean highlands, popular for hiking, have a rainy season from November to March. Dry season, from May to September, is the best for hiking. The Amazon jungle region is humid and rainy throughout the year. Check out the Peru Travel Guide for more information.

Do I need a permit to hike in Peru?

In Peru, especially for treks like the Inca Trail, permits are needed and are often included in the tour package. Independent hikers should contact the Peruvian Ministry of Culture for permit inquiries. The number of permits is limited, so book well in advance. Check here for more details.

Is wild camping allowed in Peru?

Wild camping in Peru is generally accepted, especially in rural areas or on multi-day hikes like the Inca Trail. However, it's crucial to respect the environment, leaving no trace. It's recommended to join organized treks, ensuring legal and secure camping spots. Visit this site for national park guidelines.

Are there mountain rescue services in Peru?

In Peru, emergencies during hikes are usually handled by the local police or national park authorities. In case of an emergency, dial 105 for the National Police of Peru. It is wise to have travel insurance that includes emergency evacuation coverage. Further information can be found here.

Are there dangerous plants in Peru?

Peru's diverse landscapes house rich flora, from orchids in the cloud forests to Puya raimondii in the Andes. Knowledge of local flora helps to navigate trails and appreciate the biodiversity. Identification guides like this can be handy for hikers.

What wildlife should I be aware of when hiking in Peru?

Peru's vast biodiversity includes jaguars in the Amazon, Andean condors in the highlands, and diverse insects, some potentially harmful like mosquitoes. Keeping a safe distance and using insect repellents can ensure a safe hiking experience. This may be beneficial for hikers.