Descended from North African and Spanish stock, caballos de Paso are mid-sized horses bred for sure-footedness and comfort, not for speed. Unlike trotting breeds, Paso horses pace smoothly with little up-and- down movement, resulting in an exceptionally comfortable ride. As a result, they are tough and well-suited to demanding trips into the rough, dry, and expansive western Andes. Today, they are considered the smoothest saddle horses in the world.
With countless waterways descending from the mighty Andes mountains towards the Pacific coast, or into the Amazon basin, Peru has a multitude of options for white-water rafting which, in the words of Donald Trump, are 'very, very tremendous. Really tremendous'.
Here are some of the better known, going roughly from North to South, all of which can be arranged by PeruNorth
The Matses Reserve covers an area of 4,206 km² (420,735 hectares) in Peru's Loreto province, and forms part of a cross-border biological corridor with the Sierra del Divisor National Park in Peru and the Serra do Divisor, Alto Jurua and Alto Tarauaca reserves in Brazil.
One of the stated objectives of the Reserve is to allow the indigenous people - the Matses - to continue to live in their traditional manner, adapted to the jungle environment they have called home for centuries and exploiting its resources in a sustainable manner.
Most of Trujillo’s wonderful Colonial and Republican buildings are to be found within a few blocks of the central square, the Plaza de Armas, and so it makes an ideal location to explore on foot.
Please note that many of the noteworthy establishments are privately-owned, and lack regular opening hours, so a stroll through this historic town requires a sense of flexibility and adventure.
In the excitement of the recent commencement of international flights between Panama and Chiclayo, I became curious as to why Chiclayo Airport (CIX) was named after José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzáles. It turns out, I had been regularly looking at his face, ever since I arrived in Peru - his face and aeroplane have appeared on the s/.10 note since 1991!
Since December 2015, the Historic Boat Museum of Iquitos has had a highly significant addition to her armada: the second oldest gunboat in the world, B.A.P. America.
Built in Birkenhead, England in 1904, in order to serve in Peru’s Amazon flotilla, she measures 41 m (135 ft) in length and 6 m (20 ft) in width.
The Kuelap cable car is one of the most important tourism projects in the country, which will offer an additional mode of access for visitors to the archaeological site. When completed, the four kilometre (2.5 mile) route, that goes from 2,000 m (6,562 ft) to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) above sea level, will be covered in 20 minutes.
If visiting an Amazon lodge downstream from Iquitos, chances are that you will get the chance to visit the Yagua village of Nuevo Peru. This is a tourism experience, undoubtedly, but offers a starting point to understand a little more about one of Amazonia’s larger indigenous groups.
Tarapoto has long been known amongst Peruvians - especially those from the coast - as a place to enjoy tropical heat and Amazonian jungle flavour, without the need to venture deep into the rainforest.
While there are some excellent lodges in the region, most domestic visitors tend to stay in a city hotel, or at a family-oriented resort, and go on excursions from there. Now the excursion offering is expanding to incorporate more adventure activities.
Here is PeruNorth’s selection of the best five.
In 1997, the Peruvian Parliament approved a new Law of Protected Natural Areas in which Private Conservation Areas (Áreas de Conservación Privadas or ACPs) were given legal recognition.
PeruNorth recently had the chance to visit ACP #29 - Juningue, located near Moyobamba in the Department of San Martin. This 78-hectare parcel of land was granted its Private Conservation Area status, by the Ministry of the Environment, in February 2011. This status lasts for 10 years, and yet five years later, the owners - a group of nine siblings who had inherited the land - are still unsure exactly what to do with it.