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Sports and Recreation in Peru - Sports Info. - Peru

Like much of South America, soccer (fútbol) comes close to religion in Peru. Kids play in the street, adults play in the parks, and when the national team is playing, the country shuts down. While the peruanos love to play and watch soccer, active visitors will notice that Peru is also a paradise for adventure sports. Hiking, trekking, rafting, paragliding, sport fishing, rock climbing…you name it. Some sports, such as sandboarding (cross a snowboard with a sand dune and you get the idea) are best done in Peru.


Peru is one of the most mountainous of the South American nations: it also boasts diverse ecosystems from beaches to tropical jungle lowlands. The most famous hiking route in the Americas—the Inca Trail—covers much of the highlands, although the most famous section is definitely from Cusco to Machu Picchu, drawing thousands of trekkers every year. The Salkantay loop, the Huayhuash mountain range, and the Cordillera Blanca are other popular hiking areas.For experienced mountaineers, there are literally dozens of spectacular peaks. The highest mountain in Peru, Huascarán (first climbed in 1932) is particularly popular.

Sport Fishing

The world's largest black marlin, weighing a staggering 1,560 lbs. (702 kilos), was caught in Peruvian waters. Still need a reason to come try your luck? Peru offers excellent saltwater fishing on the coast, and excellent freshwater fishing in the Amazon, and there is good trout fishing in the highlands.

Rock Climbing

Peru is full of many big rocks, and several are suitable for climbing. The big cities—Lima and Cusco—both have good rock climbing locations nearby.
Many travel agencies in these cities specialize in this sort of adventure activity.


Some archaeological evidence suggests that the first surfers were not Polynesian, but Peruvian. Regardless, Peru has several top-notch surf spots, including Punta Rocas and Cabo Blanco, both of which feature on the world surfing championship circuit. There are good waves year-round on Peru's long stretch of Pacific coast. Although surfing is catching on, Peru is still not as big a surf destination as, say, Brazil, and it is fairly easy to find a secluded spot where you'll have the waves to yourself.

Whitewater rafting

Peru's combination of high peaks and rainforest jungles creates a near-perfect environment for rafting. The best known site is probably the Apurimac River, which features class IV and V rapids. Beginners will probably want to try out the Urubamba River first, which is a little more laid-back. Dedicated rafters may want to consider a multi-day jungle rafting trip. Guides and outfitters are generally very good, but it never hurts to do a little research on any agency you’re considering using.

Mountain biking

This sport is a fast-growing activity in Peru. With countless canyons, valleys, mountains, and long coastal roads, it certainly has the goods. Check with your hotel: many offer bikes to their clients, although quality can vary greatly.You're more likely to find bike rental places in high tourism areas or in places popular with a younger crowd. Check out bike trips to the Paracas Reserve, the Cordillera Blanca and in Pachacamac, not far from Lima.

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