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Peru: A Peruvian Game of High-Low

National Geographic Adventure picks the 25 best new outfitted trips.
Text by Bonnie Tsui

Chile  |  El Salvador  |  Panama  |  Peru

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O.A.R.S., our top-rated paddling outfitter, has created an expedition brilliant in
its simplicity, hitting the ultimate highs (Machu Picchu) and lows (deep canyon whitewater) of Peru's storied landscape. From Cusco you'll embark on a four-day rafting trip down the Apurímac, the glacier-fed source of the Amazon. River otters and tropical Andean birds keep watch as you face Class IV rapids threading narrow gorges. The final multisport leg is a trans-Andean trek across the Cordillera Vilcabamba on Inca trails, using the new Mountain Lodges of Peru. "The mountain drama blows people away—not only seeing the glaciers but hearing them calving," says O.A.R.S. president George Wendt. Unlike the main Inca Trail, traversed by up to 500 people a day, the Camino Salcantay is little touristed, with an average of 30 hikers each day. Intrigued? Check out "Machu Picchu, the Cool Way" photo gallery and adventure guide for a test run.


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Chile  |  El Salvador  |  Panama  |  Peru

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