Ten extreme sports that you can practice in Peru

Peru is one of the richest countries in flora, fauna, culture, gastronomy, traditions, and why not, in fun. In Peru, you can find the most fun and requested extreme sports from around the world. Go ahead to live moments of excitement and adrenaline, doing some of them:

Canopy or Zipline

If you are daring, then, dare to jump in free fall at more than 60 km / h. In Cusco, you can find a place called “Cola de Mono” which is located in Santa Teresa, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, two hours from Machu Picchu. For connoisseurs of this extreme sport it is the highest in South America, here the project designers considered seven sections, the highest point reaches 150 meters and has a length of 400 meters long.

The other circuit is north of Peru, in Máncora, half an hour from the spa, in the Eco-fund “La Caprichosa”. Here they considered 4 lines, at more than 1,600 meters. In addition, the farm offers several trapeze routes, networks, cables and bridges, all attached to poles of about 10 meters.

Rafting or Kayak

Rafting is an extreme sport where skill, adventure spirit come together and the best thing is that you can enjoy it with friends and family. Our rivers are born in the Andes, from there they converge and slide through the ravines and are built on beautiful navigable roads. For the Peruvian Rafting Association they classified some of them:

  • The Apurímac River, classified in level IV and V, is formed by enormous rocks the size of houses that make up a deep canyon. Practicing this sport on the Apurimac River has been ranked among the 10 best rafting trips in the world and the first rafting in Peru. In these waters, you will demonstrate your strength and perseverance.
  • The Urubamba River, is good for kayaking, is considered in class III and IV by experts.
  • The Tambopata River is a trip to the deep virgin forest, you can find with fauna, flora, and wildlife its rapids classified in level III. During the trip, you do not encounter any kind of civilization.


Peru, the cradle of international champions, has hosted world surfing championships and we have nothing less than a world champion. Not for nothing do we have an almost innumerable amount of incredible beaches to practice this sport:

  • Organs: By their nature, they are warm waters with an average temperature of 28 ° C the beach is located in Piura. Its wave is characterized by being a Reef-break, tubular, left, well-formed, reaches 2 meters, perfect for fast surfing.
  • Máncora: Very popular with local surfers, it is located in Piura and has a long left-lef-break throughout the year.
  • Lobitos: The beach is located in Talara, has a long wave and tubular perfect for maneuvers, unlike the previous two its glasses of water are cold and its left waves are very good.
  • Cabo Blanco: Located in Piura about 3 km west of the district of El Alto. It is considered for the daring surfers its Reef-break, it is of left and it can get to have tubes of 3 meters. It is recommended to visit it in the months of October and January.
  • Pico Alto: located in Punta Hermosa beach, south of the city of Lima. Its waters are cold all year round and is considered a “big wave” due to the magnitude, transcendence, and size of the waves that burst from 3 meters high and can reach up to 10 meters.
  • San Gallán: It is located at kilometer 245 in the department of Ica, its waters are very cold and it has waves all year round. In addition, it forms waves on the right, tubular and long. With respect to the climate depends on the station varies between 23 ° C and 18 ° C. It is worth mentioning that it does not have a beach.

The mountain cycling

Mountain biking is one of the most popular extreme sports in the world and the best thing of all is that it can be done anywhere in the country, especially in the area of the mountains. You can practice rural tourism, ecotourism and adventure.

We recommend going to the Lomas de Pachacamac in Lima; Lunahuana, Huaraz, Cusco, Arequipa, Pasco, Junín, Puno and Madre de Dios.

This adventure sport usually takes place in rough circuits, so we recommend practicing them in groups and having experienced guides who know the area.

Climbing or rappelling

You will have to have a lot of physical strength and have a special team. In Lima we have good stages in Lurín, La Molina, Camino a Santa Eulalia and Chosica. And in general, the Andean region offers very good areas in Cajamarca, Puno, Ancash, Pasco. These are some of the most visited by the experts of the Association of Mountaineers in Peru:

  • The Sphinx: Parón Tower in Ancash is at 5000 meters above sea level. This road is located on the heights of Quebrada de Parón in the province of Huaylash.
  • Cuncus Llacta: Climbing this mountain requires a lot of preparation. Climbing is not only rock, it also has ice and snow. It is located in Yuracmayo, conditions make it very unstable.
  • Cerro Pisha: It is located at 4612 meters above sea level. It is located on the left side of the valley of the Nevería lagoon, is about 100 meters high, and ends at the top of the Pisha mountain.
  • The Yanashinga: It is located at 5,300 meters above sea level and is located in Ticlio, it is one of the most extreme, it is east of the snowy San Andrés, in the back part of the area called El Glaciar Perdido. You do not have access by road you must walk about 2 hours to get to the big lagoon of the exit by Ticlio.
  • Yacila: Our region also has a place to climb. This is the Yacila Rock Trip, an extreme but safe ride, carried out by Piura Outdoors. Yacila has become the first sports climbing sector in northern Peru. Do you dare to try it?

Bungee Jumping

You can practice it in Poroy, near the city of Cusco on the way to Urubamba, where a 122-meter tower was built so you can feel the adrenaline flowing through your veins. This sport has special harnesses and an elastic safety tape that can resist up to two tons. With the view of the Sacred Valley, we are sure that you will enjoy the views very much.

Trekking or Walk

Peru offers a unique geography and any place is good to practice this activity. Special physical preparation is required, since you can travel part of the Inca roads to Machu Picchu, such as the Cordillera Blanca, the Colca Valley, the Alpamayo, Huaraz, Aguas Calientes, the Quebrada de LLanganuco, the Community of the Maras and Cabanaconde.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: It starts in Piscacucho Km 82 of the railroad line (PERU RAIL) towards Machu Picchu, crosses different ecosystems, it is jungle edge archaeological sites are found with places rich in flora and fauna, until you reach the citadel Macchu Picchu.

  • Huancayo: The Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, is at 3554 meters above sea level in the south of Lima at 7 hours, it offers a climate between 20 ° C and 9 ° C at night, by road, the trip is made at 7 hours. You must take into account that there are several very narrow asphalt sections and sharp curves so it is better to drive with caution. The walk is between landscapes surrounded by nature, rivers, waterfalls.
  • Quebrada Santa Cruz Llanganuco: The circuit has 62 km and begins in Cashapampa north of the city of Caraz, continues through the Santa Cruz ravine, climbs to the camp of Llamacorral, Taullipampa. The route is that of Alpamayo, along Quebrada Cedros it crosses Punta Union at about 4750 masl; it passes through the Huaripampa ravine ending in Vaquería. During the tour, you can see beautiful lagoons, snow-capped mountains, and Andean landscapes.
  • The road to Choquequirao: The starting point of the town of Cachora, Apurímac at 2900 meters above sea level. Full of breathtaking views of Apurímac until you reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao.
  • Llama Trek Olleros – Chavín: The route of height 37 km runs along a pre-Inca path of pilgrims. Ends in the temple of Chavín de Huantar.
  • Vuelta la Huayhuash: It is a complete circuit, 180 km long. It starts and ends in Chiquián, a very nice and picturesque town. You should consider about 8 days to go around the north of the mountain range and advance on the eastern slope and finish on the western side.


In the Peruvian coast you can explore and be in contact with landscapes and underwater life in El Ñuro, the Platform of Organs, in Piura, the reefs of Punta Sal in Tumbes, Huarmey in Ancash. Other interesting places are Pisco, Paracas, Laguna Grande in Ica, Chala in Arequipa, North and South of Ilo in Moquegua.

In general, the littoral waters are cold, below 22 ° C, with little visibility. However, there are other areas in which the visibility and temperature become suitable for diving and some practice underwater hunting. Diving specialists suggest us to visit:

  • Culebra: Located in the area of Pisco and Paracas in Ica, considered the best place for diving.
  • Las Pozas de las Lizas: Located in Moquegua and is in category one.
  • Punta Sal Grande. It is located in Tumbes, considered in category 2, as very good.
  • Colan, in Piura: Considered in category 2.

It is highly recommended to use wetsuits, at least 3 mm thick, whole is better since they should cover the torso and thighs at least, in such a way will prevent hypothermia.

Mountaineering and Mountaineering

The Andes mountain range, after the Himalayas, is the most visited to perform this extreme sport. Huaraz, for example, offers a dream scenario for all mountaineers. Receiving hundreds to thousands of athletes from around the world every year. That is why the Peruvian Andes are considered an incomparable scenario. Here the recommendation of the experts of the Mountain Club Association in Peru:

  • Cordillera Blanca: Located in Ancash, it is constituted by the Provinces of Huaraz at 3,091 masl, Carhuaz at 2,645 masl, Yungay at 2,458 masl and Caraz with 2,290 masl. It is the highest tropical mountain range in the world and is the center of mountaineering. It gathers 663 glaciers, including Huascarán, Huandoy, and Alpamayo. Consider that the climate is semi dry and cold with rains from December to March, the average temperature is 14 ° C.
  • The most relevant peaks are: Vallunaraju to arrive in 2 days, Pisco and Ishinca to arrive in 3 days. The Huacascarán should be considered 5 to 7 days, Chopicalqui and Alpamayo in about 7 days.
  • Cordillera Huayhuash: It is located in the province of Bolognesi in Ancash, the total circuit of 180 km begins and normally ends in Llámac – Chiquián. A minimum of 8 days surrounds the mountain ranges, continues on its eastern slope and culminates in the western. It requires experience since it is very extreme. The climate is dry and cold, its average temperature is 5 ° C.
  • Nevado Ampay: The ascent to the snowy Ampay is made from Abancay. The recommended route departs from Arcopunco, 2 km from the city and continues towards the reservoir of Saguenay and the ecological station. It is located in Apurímac, the climate is semi-dry and cold with rains from October to March, its average temperature is 13 ° C and the best season is from May to September.
  • Cordillera Vilcanota: Located in the Department of Cusco, Urubamba Province at 2850 meters above sea level. This beautiful mountain range is between the rivers Vilcanota, Paucartambo and Madre de Dios, has a semi-dry and cold weather with rains from October to March, the average temperature is 12 ºC, the best season to visit is from May to September.

Sandboarding and Buggies

Sliding down a board on the big dunes is an adventure sport spread on the Peruvian coast. In Trujillo, good dunes are Conacher, Santa, Filo Navaja and Chao del Valle Cao. Here we mention some:

  • Ica: It has some beautiful dunes and its inclinations, is the highest dune in the world: Cerro Blanco. The area of the oasis La Huacachina is the most popular and it is recommended to visit it in the afternoon.
  • In Lima: A good scenario the dunes of Chilca, others are the dunes like those of Pasamayo and Huaral where the Aucallama Dune is located.
  • Arequipa: The Toro Mata Dune is located in the Acarí Valley, Caravelí, about 09 hours away from Lima. Account 1,800 meters of descent is the dune considered by experts with the longest sand descent in the world. Others are of the opinion that simulates a snow mountain for the duration of its journey.
  • Piura: The main dune is Medano Blanco in Sechura, there are many young enthusiasts practicing this sport that is becoming more popular every day. Others also motivated by this sport begin to practice it in Colán.
  • Nazca: The Cerro Blanco dune has an elevation of 2090 masl, its base is 1300 meters above sea level and it has a descent of approximately 1400 meters. Another dune is Cerro Marcha or Duna Grande, which are located near Trancas. To reach the top you must have a 4×4 truck.
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