There are quite a few treks in the area, they even rival that of Cuzco in scenic beauty, however, and the small Andean villages here are far more unspoiled and rarely see a foreign visitor. Incas del Peru is the most qualified tour company and offers the widest variety of treks in the region. Other companies, however, may be able to arrange treks for cheaper.
Huaytapallana Mountain – This beautiful mountain rarely sees a foreign tourist. Hikes to the top are just a few hours, but can be difficult. Cochas Grande, an emerald lake, and the Huaytapallana glacier are the highlights. Skiing and snowboarding are possible in the high snow covered zones…don’t expect a lift. One –three day treks are offered from Incas del Peru.
Camino Huanca – Five Days. Known to be an authentic Andean experience. Horses and llamas are used to carry packs and equipment. Incredibly scenic and untrodden.
Chancamayo Valley – This five-day trek into the high jungle passes through coffee plantations, waterfalls, cloud forests, and offers the chance to see rare Amazonian wildlife.
Writer and photographer Nicholas Gill is the editor/publisher of New World Review. He lives in Lima, Peru and Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CondeNast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, and Penthouse. Visit his personal website (nicholas-gill.com) for more information.