At the heart of the Andes, Peru has some of the best hiking on the continent – the variety of trails is downright staggering. The main trekking centers are Cuzco and Arequipa in the southern Andes, and Huaraz in the north. Hikers will find many easily accessible trails around Peru’s archaeological ruins, which are also the final destinations for more challenging trekking routes. Peru’s most famous trek is the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which you must book months in advance due to limited permits. If you haven’t planned that far in advance, don’t worry – there are many worthwhile alternative routes, as well as extraordinary hiking in other parts of the country. And it’s not just about achieving alpine heights. Try a jungle trek or descend to the depths of canyon country.