Brief Description

Situated on the western coast of South America, Peru is one of the most diverse and scenic countries in the world. Boasting glaciers, mountains, deserts, rainforests and altiplano, the country has rapidly become one of the world’s top tourist destinations. With large stretches of mountainous wilderness, it is especially popular among trekkers and mountaineers.

Famous Mountains in Peru

The Andes Mountains run from north to south along the spine of Peru, dividing the country into several distinct climate zones. Within the Andes Mountains, there are various subranges. Among the most popular of these subranges for mountaineering and trekking expeditions is the Cordillera Huayhuash.

Located north of the capital, Lima, the Cordillera is home to four mountains with an elevation of 6,000 metres (19,700 feet) or more. Unlike the nearby Cordillera Blanca, there are fewer valleys and higher mountain passes in the Huayhuash, making it popular for trekkers trying to avoid the usual, more crowded, destinations. 

Other popular peaks in Peru are:

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Quick Facts about Peru

  • Peru is home to 37 mountains with an elevation of 6,000 metres (19,700 feet) or more. The tallest is Huascarán, in the Cordillera Blanca, with an elevation of 6,768 metres (22,205 feet).
  • While the Andes Mountains is the only range that runs through Peru, it is divided in 24 different subranges, each with their own unique characteristics and climbing and trekking opportunities.
  • Situated in southeastern Peru is Colca Canyon. At 3,270 metres (10,700 feet) deep, it is one of the deepest canyons in the world and the country’s third most popular tourist destination.

How To Get To Peru

Any trip to Peru will begin with a flight into Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), in Lima. From here, it is possible to take a bus to the start of the trip or fly to another domestic airport. Many guides will opt to meet in Lima and arrange transport to the start of the trip.

What To Expect in Peru

Weather: Peru is a big and diverse country, so weather conditions vary from region to region. However, during the climbing season expect average daily temperatures between 10 ºC and 20 ºC (50 ºF and 70 ºF)  in the mountainous areas of the country. During the dry season, rain is very infrequent in Peru.

Peak Trekking/Climbing Season: May to September

Currency: Sol (PEN), but many guides also accept US dollars (USD).

Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

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