A TREKKING Paradise
TREKKING PERU: A HIKING GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT TRAVEL IS AVAILABLE JANUARY 2!!!
The world is now smaller than ever. Traveling from one corner of the globe to the other has never been more accessible and economical. The opportunities for anyone with a passport to venture to a foreign land and experience something completely new are limitless. Yet, even as destinations become easier to reach, those with an adventurous spirit can still find hidden oases if they are willing to step out of their comfort zone, know how to ask the right questions, and seek out the most help and knowledge.
Peru is one of the most traveled to places in South America. The diverse landscape, delicious cuisine, and the infamous Machu Picchu bring visitors here from all over the globe. There is something for everyone here. For me, it was the pristine mountains of the Andes and the epic trekking opportunities that got me on a plane ready to travel for two months. From the Alpamayo Circuit of the Cordillera Blanca to Cusco’s neighboring Ausangate, the trekking throughout Peru is nothing short of spectacular and needs to be on every trekker’s bucket list.
“Trekking Peru” is designed for those travelers who crave that rush of adrenaline that comes from reaching the summit of a high mountain pass with jaw-dropping views and the sense of peace that flows through the soul from the sound of a rushing river miles from the nearest electrical outlet. It’s also intended for that particular breed of adventurers who feel the most significant level of satisfaction and accomplishment when these feelings are derived from physical and mental trials. Every hike described herein is not for the faint-hearted. Each requires a genuine comfort with the wilderness and ability to face all of the challenges it presents. This guidebook will provide you with the requisite knowledge to independently hike some of Peru’s most popular, and some of its lesser-known treks without the reliance on a tour company. My goal is to give you the practical information every seasoned hiker seeks when they plan a trek to a new place. Additional resources will certainly complement this guide to fill in the ancillary details like restaurants and city lodging necessary for your complete trip planning. This guide includes information on the following Peruvian treks:
Ausangate/Rainbow Mountain Trek
Two months of trekking and traveling in Peru was an absolute dream. Soaring mountains, hypnotic turquoise lakes, and vast glaciers completely satisfied the monster inside me that so desperately hungers for adventure. Not only did I have the privilege to hike amongst these giants, but I did so for considerably less money than you might think and had the solitude and flexibility that only hiking independently without a guide provides.
Trekking independently has clear advantages over hiking with a guide. Having the freedom and complete control over where you go and when are very important to me. It is also almost always far cheaper to travel independently. However, it would not be fair nor responsible not to mention what hiking throughout the Peruvian Andes alone also entails. Without a guide, logistics, transportation, and your safety are all in your hands. You’ll have to take on the role of a Peruvian donkey and haul all of your gear and the food you need on your back. For those that are used to heavy packs and are shrugging this off, consider that you will be completing these hikes at altitudes you perhaps have not reached yet. Despite these challenges, those with the right hiking experience and willingness to experience physically demanding hikes can do everything listed in this book independently.