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Peru climbing questions

Questions about mountain climbing, rockclimbing, alpine trekking and excursion programs in Peru

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What preparation is needed to climb Alpamayo?
Mystery of Machu Picchu
What are the features of trekking in Cordillera Huayhuash?
Do coca leaves help to deal with altitude?
Trip to Machu Picchu - before or after climbing mountains?
Is Alpamayo really the most beautiful mountain in the world?
How to get to Cordillera Blanca?
Can I climb or trek in Peru on my own?
What mountains in Peru can climb a beginner?
Do I need acclimatization to climb Alpamayo?
Huascaran mudflood 1975

The purpose of the articles in this section is to give you a general idea of the possibilities, features and nuances of travel and mountain climbing in Peru.

Peru's most famous landmark definitely is Machu Picchu.

Peru is an amazing country in which almost everything is interesting for a traveler - from the turbulent metropolitan life of Lima to the silent, mysterious ruins of prehistoric civilizations. In addition, the diversity of the landscape of this country opens up endless possibilities for any form of active tourism, extreme sports, ethnographic, gastronomic, paleontological tours...

Statue of Christ on the site of the former town of Yungai, which completely perished in 1975 under a mudflow from Mount Huascaran

Traveling to Peru, you can meet and get personal experience with any forms of relief and climatic zones – not many countries in the world can boast such a variety and diversity. Starting from the ocean coast, one can alternately move to the zones of the tropical coastal strip, the foothill desert with sand dunes, the rocky landscape of the foot of the Andean Range, the high mountain desert - Sierra. And further - into the endless blue of the distant snowy peaks, of which there is an incredible number in Peru - enough for many generations of enthusiastic climbers and mountain tourists.

Colorful sunset in the Cordillera Blanca

Of the most famous tourist sites in Peru (this is just the tip of the colossal iceberg of them), of course, first of all, it is necessary to mention the famous abandoned city of Machu Picchu - breathtaking evidence of how little we know about our world and its history. Full of secrets and mysteries the Nazca plateau with fantastic drawings visible only from the stratosphere. The incredible beauty of the alpine Lake Titicaca, which millions of years ago was part of the world's oceans, and conceals in its depths the secrets of the disappeared civilizations.

Sunrise on the peaks of the Cordillera Real, Lake Titicaca

The famous mountain range of the Cordillera Blanca (White Ridge), in which the most popular mountain of Peru are located: Huascaran - the third highest peak in South America, Artesonraju - a mountain known to the whole world, as it has been placed on the logo of the Paramount Pictures film company, the most beautiful mountain in the world - Alpamayo.

The famous Alpamayo - the most beautiful mountain in the world

The opposite side of the high mountain range is also of great interest to the most desperate travelers - to the east of the Andean Mountain Chain begins the Selva - an incredible length, impassable and unexplored territory of the world's largest freshwater river basin - the Amazon. Traveling to the Amazon selva is also quite a popular and developed form of tourism in Peru. The areas of Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos offer incredible experiences from a civilized acquaintance with the nature of the Amazon Selva.

Alpaca is an incredibly kind, friendly and smiling animal, symbolizing the hospitality of the Peruvian highlands.

And yet, maybe not so obvious, but absolutely priceless feature of Peru. Due to the difficulty of access, many areas of Peru have preserved what can be called a real human treasure - centuries-old traditions, language, culture of the distant ancestors. These ethnographic treasures of Peru are still waiting to be explored...

After all, the answers to many questions of our time probably lie in the recesses of Peru, that our ancestors passed on to us in the form of ancient customs, legends and strange rituals.

The author of the texts and photos of the section is Alex Trubachev



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AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.