5 best extreme sports in Peru – travel guide to Peru

Many foreign visitors to Peru are happy with a few relaxing days traveling around the ancient Inca archaeological sites, digging back in luxury hotels and driving exclusive trains to Machu Picchu. But if your dream getaway takes things to the maximum in search of extreme excitement and fun, then you won't be disappointed! Peru can offer it all! Here are the top 5 extreme sports in Peru.

Extreme mountain bikes

Peru was made for mountain biking, all over the Andes – the world's longest mountain chain leads straight down to the center of the country, culminating in 22,762 feet (6,746 m) in Cordillera Blanca in the center of Peru. Probably one of the most extreme sports in Peru with both locals and foreigners, there are literally thousands of places where you can find fast downhill fun. There are a handful of specialized travel agencies in Cusco that offer a variety of daily (and multi-day) trips, with fully suspended Kona bikes. Our favorite extreme ride is a one-day Mega-Avalanche single-day ride that begins atop Abra Malaga in the Sacred Valley (near Cusco) and descends 1600 meters to Ollantaytambo village. And you can do it three times!


You wouldn't think so, but yes, Peru is actually one of the world's best surfing sites. Along the North Coast, Peru offers waves to everyone from beginners to professionals. Peru has created many world surfing champions and it's easy to see why when you understand how good the waves are. Chicama has the longest left wave in the world at a distance of 4 km and Mancora (near) has the largest left-sided point break in the world. Extreme sports in Peru are not much better than this!


During the 1960s, the small oasis town of Huacachina was once a holiday resort for the rich Limenians. Today, this less enchanting place is home to one of Peru's most entertaining and extreme sports – the sandbox. Huacachina is located 7 km from the capital Ica and is surrounded by large sand dunes that stretch to the eye. There are only a few hostels in town, but they all rent a sandbox for a few feet a day. Cover yourself from head to toe in the sun and start to climb! It's fun, cheap, exciting and often painful!

White water rafting

With so many mountains there must be plenty of fast flowing and rocky rivers. Rafting is probably one of the most common extreme sports in Peru and there are many professional travel agencies in the Cusco area that will take you to the river. The Urubamba River (in the Sacred Valley) offers an exciting full day experience that is suitable for beginners to intermediate rafters. But the hard core of rafters seeking maximum excitement must go a little further. Cotahuasi Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world and is also home to one of the most difficult rafting challenges in the world. The route includes 6 days full-on, technical classes 4-5 rapids, uncharted pre-Roman ruins and spectacular campsites. Extreme sports in Peru are not much better than this! Please note that the raft Cotahuasi is only for the most demanding travelers!

Zip Lines in the jungle

15 km from Machu Picchu, near the village of Santa Teresa, is the first Peruvian zippered top pocket (also known as the Flying Fox). A series of cables with a total length of 2,500 meters is divided into six sections, the longest section being 400 meters long. At the fastest point on the wire, a speed of 60 km / h (37 mph) can be achieved, enough to record the feeling of flight! Make sure you are not afraid of heights, as part of the line is hanging 150 meters above the jungle floor. Extreme sports in Peru have no more fun than this!

There are, of course, many other great things in Peru, but if you think there are better extreme sports in Peru than those listed, we'd love to hear your thoughts!