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Peru

adventure + tourism

Under a warm sun or a starry nighttime sky, beside one of the 12 thousands lagoons, or before mountains peaks reaching more than six thousand meters in height, facing a snow-capped summit, or appreciating one of the planet’s deepest canyons. Imagine yourself in Peru, filled with adrenalin.

Imagine yourself reaching great heights following in the footsteps of the Incas and discovering the culture of local communities along a path that has been traversed for thousands of years.

Imagine yourself surfing waves that can reach up to ten meters in height, flying over Inca villages in the Sacred Valley, or or the coast of a modern city on the edge of the Pacific.

Peru is not a country you imagine. It is a destination that unites adventure + tourism. It is the sum of experiences that are incomparable for the spirit and a true adventure for the senses.

Peru, adventure + tourism is just a small sample of the many spaces, destinations, landscapes, and scenes that our country offers for this imagined journey: experiences that form part of a tourism offering that is responsible and sustainable. Turn the pages and discover each one.

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Discover why Peru is a paradise for adventure, a place where adrenaline and charm go hand in hand thanks to the incredible natural beauty of the richest country in the world.

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Team Peru

Team Peru

Aníbal Raúl Aliaga Swidin

UTV Driver

Renzo Corno

Motorbike

Lucas Barrón Velaochaga

UTV co-driver

Alexis Hernández

UTV Driver

Fernanda Kanno

Truck driver

Nicolás Fuchs

Auto

César Pardo

Motorbike

Gianna Velarde

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Team Category Competitor Nationality
SOCOPUR Motorbike Gianna Velarde Sumary Peru
XRAIDS Motorbike Carlo Vellutino Peru
KTM PERU RALLY TEAM 2018 Motorbike César Pardo Peru
LALO BURGA Motorbike Oswaldo Burga Peru
SEBASTIAN CAVALLERO Motorbike Sebastián Cavallero Peru
SUPAY Motorbike Renzo Corno Peru
ALTA RUTA 4X4 PERU Auto Francisco León Peru
ALTA RUTA 4X4 PERU Auto Tomas Hirahoka Peru
PRO RAID PERU Auto Fernando Ferrand Malatesta Peru
PRO RAID PERU Auto Fernando Ferrand del Busto Peru
GARCÍA RALLY TEAM Truck Héctor García Peru
CDP RACING TEAM Auto Sergio Samaniego Peru
ROBERTO VECCO Motorbike Roberto Vecco Peru
ALVAREZ Auto Miguel Ángel Álvarez Pineda Peru
ALVAREZ Auto Ricardo Mendiola Peru
DE 0 AL DAKAR Auto Fernanda Kanno Peru
DE 0 AL DAKAR Auto Alonso Carrillo Peru
JATON RACING TEAM Auto Raúl Orlandini Griswold Peru
JATON RACING TEAM Auto Eduardo Blanco Spain
TEAM CAN-AM PERU Auto José Salaverry Peru
TEAM CAN-AM PERU Auto Paul Aray Peru
TEAM CAN-AM PERU Auto Diego Heilbrunn Peru
ECM RACING TEAM Quad Emilia Choy Peru
TEAM OPCIÓN RACING Quad José Christian Málaga Carpio Peru

Destinations

Destinations

Peru

Peru is a great spectrum of colors, a river of many stimuli that are born from different flows: traditions, cultures and tongues; A mixture of different heritages that makes it into one of the most diverse countries in the world. Peru has a mixed DNA that runs through the veins of its people, the solid foundation that holds a millenary country that began to build its South American identity more than 5 thousand years ago.

The Pre-Hispanic cultures and the Incas, managed to dominate, with great wisdom, the wild and rebellious Peruvian geography, owner of one of the richest and most varied seas in the world. Over the sand of its deserts, pyramids that challenged time rise, and in the Andes, roads and bridges that are still used up to date where built. On the very steep mountains where rised, with great engineering, cities of stone that captivate every tourist that visits them. While in the jungle nature and developed civilizations where adapted in order to preserve the “Pachamama” (Mother Earth).

Part of these millenary cultures still live nowadays in every town and are discovered in the traditions of its people. Arriving to Peru is very much like time travelling and finding the steps of the ancestral Incas, the Chancas, the Chachapoyas, the Mochicas and the Wari, just like their great architectural works, their art, parties and roots of its social strength and the energy of its people.

Peru charms with its landscapes and colors, makes you fall in love with its flavors and surprises with its culture. One of the most biodiverse countries in the world holds in its grounds, unique fauna and flora. In the jungle, the otorongos dominate the Amazonia, in the mountains the condors king in the heights of the valleys and in the coasts the dolphins and whales find the perfect place to recover energy to continue this magical infinite trip.

Visiting Peru is travelling throughout time to find the vestiges of millenary civilizations that teach to get to know the world we live in and how to truly understand it.

Peru, the richest country in the world
Trails of riches: Food
Trails of riches: Adventure
Trails of riches: Culture
Trails of riches: Nature

Lima

In Lima coexist, in perfect harmony, its Viceregal and Pre-Columbian tradition with its contemporary architecture, a perfect example of a city in constant evolution. To wander along the streets of the Peruvian capital is to let yourself be charmed by the monumental churches, amazing archeological sites and big old houses that built the colonial identity of the city. It is within these edifications where the iconic balconies of Lima rise and date back to the Viceregal and Republic days, a great representation of the so called “City of the Kings”.

One of the main attractions of the city is its Historic Downtown, declared, in 1991, Intangible Human Heritage. In every corner, you can breathe the vestiges of a spectrum of multiple cultures that join in Incan and Viceregal edifications. All together in a city that surprises you and makes you fall in love with its syncretism.

Lima is also the only South American capital which shores are graced by the Pacific Ocean. Its beaches are perfect for surfers and the piers with its soft breeze, freshen the bicycle rides and beautiful walks by the sea. Also, because of its strategic location, Lima is often selected by business executives, politicians and institutions as a great venue for international events. Lima has already welcomed the Fifth “European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Summit” (EU-LAC), the 30° Session of the Olympic Committee, the “Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit” (APEC), just to mention some examples.

In this city with historic lineage, natural products abundancy, the fusion within techniques and cultures, has developed over the centuries mixed identity gastronomy. Because of the excellent quality and the passion of its Chefs, Lima has been named the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America, being home for 3 of the best restaurants in the world.

One visit is not enough, to uncover all the wonders Lima holds. Nature, history, culture, adventure, entertainment and one of the best gastronomies in the world, come together to create an experience, everyone who wants to be a part of the Rally Legend, Dakar 2018, will never forget.

Lima
Carlos Vives: Mañana

Pisco

Known all over the world for sharing its name with Peru’s national drink, Pisco is one of the five provinces that conform the region of Ica, located south from Lima. This city gives birth to the name of the most famous hard liquor of America and one of Peruvians’ biggest prides.

The aromas of Pisco are the perfumes of Peru. In the lands of Ica, “pisco grapes” are harvest, distinguished by their unique fragrances that perfectly conjugate the favorite flavors of the European sommeliers. This is one of the reasons why visiting its vineyards is a must go adventure. Pisco is also a tribute to the Pre-Columbian heritage, since its name evokes a great diversity of birds in the south of Perú, some of the great example are parihuanas, huerequeques, zarcillos and condors, since the word Pisco comes from the quechua word Pisscu which means Bird.

In the sunny lands of the valley- which occupies the largest portion of coast from the region of Ica- the breath-taking coastal mountains of the peninsula of Paracas stand out. In the bays of Paracas and Independencia the National Reserve of Paracas can be found. In this magical spot, a union of the desert and the sea gives place to a representative example of the marine ecosystems from the cold sea of the Peruvian Current, considered the most productive on earth. Also, thanks to this union, the ecosystems of a variety of migratory species are preserved for food and refuge during long travels.

Pisco is the perfect mixture and adventure and relaxing. An amazingly surprising desert with beaches, valleys and an incredible geography, natural works of art. Through its Dunas, the charm of the desert continues to dazzle and at the edge of the sea, the routine gives place to the adventure, turning the sand and adrenaline, everything that does not surprise anymore.

Pisco

San Juan de Marcona

Following the route of the Southern Panamericana Highway, at the 70th km of Nasca, the district of Marcona (one of Ica’s cities) with its port San Juan of Marcona, can be found. With a docile weather and sunny during the summer, this location is known for its beautiful and wide beaches. Full of fine sand and turquoise water that embellishes the coastal landscapes of one of the most particular littorals of Perú. But in Marcona, every stations comes to light it up with new charms. While in spring timid rays of sun turn its majestic dunas in the ideal place for practicing summer sports; in the winter, the presence of tupid fog concentrates in its prairies giving birth to flora that’s paints in green the humps of its hills. Marcona is a sealed deal.

The Nationa Reserve of San Fernando (RNSF) is another one of the many charms this littoral district owns. The marina currents converge in the coast, making it possible to see the sea wolves (Lobos Marinos) from up close. Thousands of examples of this marine specimen rest in colonies of 15, above the coastal rocks not less than spectacular. The amazing sea wolves find a place to relax in the Peruvian coasts, turning this landscape into a living monument of diversity. We can also find a great variety of marine mammals such as the marine cat or otter and 13 species of cetaceans such as the humped whale, the blue whale, the fin whale and the orca.

It is popularly known that from the great variety of possibilities Marcona offers, the best beach is the coastal district of “Playa Hermosa”, which is considered to be a pool of salty, gentle and crystal water. But in Marcona there are many other beaches, one of each taste: La Herradura, Acapulco, Los Pinguinos, Los Leones, La Lobera and La Libertad are just some examples of them, with a great deal of secrets to be discovered in each one of them.

San Juan de Marcona is a paradise waiting to be discovered, a location to meet with nature, giving tribute and paying respect for it.

San Juan de Marcona

Arequipa

Located at 2328 meters above sea level, in the south region of Perú, the “White City” glows, blessed with a permanent sunny weather and blue skies that invite you to walk and admire the beauty of its monuments, snowy mountains, countrysides, volcanos and deep canyons.

Thanks to its cultural diversity, the city of Arequipa is considered a reference in Perú- Its has seen many of the most admired politics, artists and Peruvian writers be born. But it’s not only a city that surprises because of its great celebrities – transcendental in Peruvian history- the White City is also famous because of its natural diversity, which makes it into one of the most beautiful and varied cities in Perú. So it is that its profound canyons, such as Cotahuasi and El Colca and its wonderful beaches, coves and snow peaks, find its historic, religious and ancestral legacy, an amazing convergence point which makes it a unique city within the continent.

The region of Arequipa has many and diverse touristic attractions, such as the beautiful Viewer of Yanahuara, the town of Sabandia, with republican style houses, The Thermal Baths of Yura, known for their therapeutic properties, Sumbay’s caves, famous for their rocky art style dating back to 6000 or 4000 B.C approximately, and many more places that will make you fall in love with Arequipa.

Arequipa will be a paradise for all your senses, especially taste; its exquisite cuisine is the angular stone upon which the famous and recognized Peruvian Gastronomy is held. For this and many more reasons, Arequipa is a reason for all Peruvians to be proud of, home for one of the most beautiful and historical downtowns in Perú, monasteries in which time seem to have magically stopped and historical monuments that turn this enchanted city into one of the most important cities of the country

Arequipa

Tacna

In order to enjoy all the riches of Peru, it is necessary to begin with its foundations. In this respect, Tacna is not only the first bastion of Peruvianness, but also an emblem of national heroism and a region that harbors an invaluable legacy. This city was fundamental in the liberation movement and during the War of the Pacific, moments in which the honor and bravery of the Tacna people left their mark on history as one of the most brilliant examples of love for Peru.

Tacna stands out for its history as well as its beauty: this singular region, where valleys and deserts live together in surprising harmony, offers captivating landscapes that impress with their contrasts. Located between the sea and the Andean mountain range, Tacna allows visitors to enjoy its charming beaches on hot days, and the healing hot springs in the coldest seasons. The region is also home to some incredible lagoons, such as Aricota, impressive geysers and fascinating wetlands, showing off the gifts of nature with which it has been privileged.

This fascinating region also boasts one of the richest, most varied and bountiful cuisines in all of Peru. Tacna's food has a great tradition, its typical dishes being subtle but generous examples of delicious and flavorful culinary delights. The use of clay pots and firewood -or the use of Chicha, an ancestral Peruvian drink, as an ingredient- confirms the cultural, ethnic and geographical mixture that forms part of this delicious gastronomic symbiosis. Passing through Tacna and not tasting picante a la tacneña (a spicy Tacna-style stew), the flagship dish of this region, would be an act of unforgivable negligence, while in terms of spirits, not wetting the whistle with a traditional Tacna-style pisco sour would be a betrayal of good taste.

Tacna

Moquegua

The valley with the third most hours of sunshine in the world is a charming combination of ravines, desert areas, rocky parts and fertile soils for agriculture. This fascinating city, whose history began thousands of years before Christ, is one of the pisco capitals and the ideal place to grow the best grapes for the production of Peru’s flagship drink. These conditions have allowed the creation of the Pisco Trail, thanks to which it is possible to visit the vineyards of the extensive countryside in the Moqueguano valley. This tour also allows visitors to get to know the old colonial wineries where the best wine reserves in the area are can be found.

This region, famous for being surrounded by impressive volcanoes, including the Ubinas volcano (18,609 ft above sea level) which is currently active, also boasts one of the most pleasant climates in the country and perhaps even the entire continent. Predominantly dry, semi-warm and sunny all year round, it has an almost perfect temperature: the maximum annual average being 26°C (79ºF) and the minimum 17°C (52ºF). Thanks to this privileged climate, it is possible to enjoy both the extensive countryside of Moquegua and some of its beautiful beaches (especially those found in the city of Ilo).

Moquegua also stands out for its ancient history. Its republican-style houses are not only a visual delight but also a historical account of a special time in the history of southern Peru. Attractions such as the Façade of the Santa Catalina de Alejandría Church, the Church of Santo Domingo, the Casa Vargas Morán or the Belén neighborhood are vestiges of a city that has passed through all the ages of a country with one of the greatest historical wealths on the continent.

Moquegua

Puno

At the south of Peru, in the Peruvian plateau, the region of Puno (4 thousand meters above sea level) kisses the clouds of sugar that dance upon a turquoise sky. There, where the shores of the beaches are bathed by the Titicaca Lake, the Peruvian ancesters learnt how to tame heights and built an ancestral heritage that finds its origens back in the year 1800 B.C.

But more than a millenary culture, which vestiges remain intact until today, Puno has in within its limits the imposing Titicaca, the largest, highest navigable lake in the world. Very important in the Andean mythology because according to the legend, from its waters emerged Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, son and daughter of the sun and founders of the Incan Empire.

In the Peruvian side of the lake, there are a lot of diverse island, the ones that stand out are Amantaní, Taquile, Tikonata, Suasi, Soto, Anapia (natural islands) and floating islands of Los Uros (artificial islands), where the people of Puno get together to make gala out of their knowledge in geography. This knowledge is inherited from the first Peruvians in the region allows them to keep developing into one of the most charming cities in Perú.

Another emblematic site in Puno is the Archeological Complex of Sillustani, 34km north from Puno and famous for its Chullpas, circular stone towers held up in order to harbor the remains of the main ancestral authorities of the Colla civilization. In Puno, these magnificent towers-which defy modern physics-, protect the souls of our ancestors. Some of them reach 12 meters height and are characterized because the lower part is smaller than the superior part.

Puno is a city that gathers millenary culture, beautiful natural landscapes and some of the most emblematic representations of the colorful Peruvian folklore. There, where the land and sky meet, it is the closest we can get to the profound Andean identity.

Puno

Cusco

Cusco City
Cusco Sacred Valley