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Backpacking Peru
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Peruvian Andes
Backpacking in the Peruvian Andes (Nathan Borchelt)

9. Backpacking Peru
Blessed with more than 70 summits over 18,000 feet, northern Peru is a popular venue for backpackers who want a challenge. Few know these trails better than Brian Morgan, president of Adventure Life, who specializes in adrenalin-pumping trips to Latin America. On his ten-day Cordillera Blanca Trek, you'll spend the first several days getting acclimated to the altitudes in the high-Andes mountain village of Huarez. Visit pre-Inca ruins, raft down the Rio Santa, or bike to the local market. Then it's on to the Cordillera Blanca. For five days, you'll hike on moderate to strenuous terrain past the towering peaks, flower-filled meadows, turquoise lakes, glaciers, and villages that have changed little since the time of the Incas. Cost is $1,495, including all guides, gear, lodging, and food.

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Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at farandaway@comcast.net.

Published: 29 Jun 2009 | Last Updated: 18 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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