choose from. Here a few of the most popular options for outdoor activities in Peru:
● Amazon Rainforest -- The Amazon jungle is home to many species that you won't find anywhere else in the world, so have your camera ready to capture images of wildlife you've only heard about. The Amazon's flora and fauna provides a lush, natural view of Peru and an enjoyable trek when you have the right person leading the way, so be sure to book an experienced guide (preferably a local) when you set up any Peru tour packages. Just be sure to choose a tour length and difficulty you can handle -- some tours will take you on long, difficult hikes while others have a more leisurely pace or will be shorter.
● Inca Trail -- If you plan to head to Machu Picchu anyway, taking the Inca Trail is an excellent way to round out trips to Peru. The Inca Trail is actually made up of several individual trails that overlap: the Mollepata, the Classic and the One Day. The longest of the three is the Mollepata, and it takes travelers over the highest mountain pass and can take nearly a week to fully experience. The Classic trail can take up to five days to complete, though you also have the option to start at a point further along for a two-day hike. The One Day trail is the shortest, taking only a single day to complete. These trails will take you through the cloud forest, alpine tundra and will give you a look at the original Inca road construction that is still intact today. Book in advance with your Peru tour packages, as only 200 trekkers are allowed to start the Inca Trail each day. The entire system is closed in February for cleaning and maintenance.
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● Machu Picchu Mountain and Huanya Peak -- Once you get to Machu Picchu, these two mountain peaks provide great views of the area and are worth the climb while on trips to Peru. The Huanya Peak takes about an hour to ascend and there are several sites to view along the way, including the Temple of the Moon and the Great Cavern. Machu Picchu Mountain is a higher peak that requires more skill and time to climb, but provides a bird's eye view of the Lost City of the Inca and surrounding landscape.
● Horseback Riding -- For a more leisurely outdoor activity, there are horseback riding tours available in several areas when you take trips to Peru. One of the popular ones available when you book Peru tour packages is the horseback tours outside of Cusco that will take you through villages nestled in the Andes and several archeological sites. You don't need to be an expert horseback rider to enjoy these tours.