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Destination feature 3. Score some time in white water The Urubamba Valley looks peaceful enough, but, in fact, it’s home to some world-class rapids. (There are mild ones, too, if that’s more your style.) For the adventurous: Try Cotahuasi. With its sheer canyons, which by the way are three times the height of the Grand Canyon, you will be instantly overwhelmed in a good way. Take a seven-day jaunt down 100 miles of intermittent class IV-V rapids. Not to mention, stops along the way including an Andean village, hot spring and Incan ruins. 4. Scale a volcano Near Arequipa there are some amazing ascents to check out. Some are for the fit, and others are for the extra fit. Take El Misti, for example. This popular climb is not technical. Neither is Chachani. For more challenging climbs, try peaks in the Colca Valley. The Ampato Volcano and Coropuna are the cream of the crop, but for specialists only. Take your pick. 5. Carve up some waves Peru has waves to suit every surfer, from newbies to lifelong pros. Standouts include the Northern Coast’s Máncora, the largest left-hand point break in the world. Then, there’s what’s known as the greatest left-handed wave in the world at Chicama. It’s easy to find uncrowded beaches. Just keep in mind, the water is a bit chilly year round. For beginners, there are plenty of companies that will provide a board and teach you how to hang ten. 6. Bike the mountains The Callejón de Huaylas area is known for great mountain biking. If you choose Cusco, you’ll find plenty of steep hills, llamas, sheep and local biking enthusiasts. Go a bit further out, and you’ll find well known tracks like the international Megavalanche course just outside Ollantaytambo. The rides are thrilling to the nth degree, and equally peaceful with lush fields and picturesque Andean villages galore. And there’s nothing like seeing the world on two wheels. 48 july/august 2013 Photos courtesy of Alex Bryce (Top) & Sarah Sekula (Bottom)


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