When most travelers think of Peru, they think of Machu Picchu. And that makes sense—the Incan citadel is rightly considered a wonder of the world. But it’s far from the only reason to visit this outdoorsy paradise.
I’ve sampled dozens of adventures in my travels to Peru, and these are my five favorites.
1. Brave the Amazon rainforest
Peru’s wildest adventures are found not in its mountains, but in its portion of the Amazon Rainforest.
Puerto Maldonado, only a quick flight from Cusco, is the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. The nearby Manu National Park is a treasure trove of protected cloud forest and rainforest, and brave tourists can hike and canoe through dense, cacophonous, muggy jungle while keeping their eyes peeled for animals and insects that might try to kill them. (Don’t worry, it’s much more fun than it sounds.)
Our friends at Peregrine Adventures include this trip in their Peru Highlights tour, complete with a two-night stay at a jungle lodge.