7 incredible sports that you can practice in Lima

Lima is the capital of Peru. As it has the only international airport, all the visitors to the country arrive there. Some spend a few days in the city and then visit other regions of the country. However, the ‘city of kings’ has several activities and tourist places to visit. There are many adventure sports that can be practiced there. They include: paragliding, surfing, rafting, trekking, cycling, ATV and rappelling. Know where to practice them and how much it costs.

Rafting in Lunahuana
Rafting in Lunahuana


Paragliding in Costa Verde

Paragliding in Costa Verde
Paragliding in Costa Verde

The Green Coast is the strip of coastline of the city of Lima that ranges from the district of Chorrillos to the constitutional province of Callao. There, on the Miraflores boardwalk, you can go paragliding. The starting point is in the love park. The flight time is approximately 20 minutes. Visitors fly accompanied by a professional guide.

The start of this adventure depends on the good wind. The views of the beaches, the Pacific Ocean and the tourist district of Miraflores make it one of the most famous sports in Lima and Peru. The operators of this service are open from Monday to Sunday from 10.30 in the morning to 5.30 in the afternoon. Minimum age is 12 years. The maximum age, 69 years.


Surfing in Miraflores

Surfing in Miraflores
Surfing in Miraflores

Peru is a world power in surfing. In addition, its beaches are ideal for the practice of this sport, both for beginners and experts. One of the most popular places for lovers of this sport is the Miraflores spa. There, on Makaha Beach, tourists are taught this sport. The waves are ideal for beginners.

Surf lessons are suitable for people of all ages. The service includes an instructor who teaches this sport from scratch. The utensils included are the suit required for this sport as well as the table. There are also surf lessons on the beaches of Punta Roquitas, Redondo, La Pampilla and Waikiki.


Rafting in Lunahuaná

Rafting in Lunahuaná
Rafting in Lunahuaná

The Lunahuaná valley, 185 kilometers from the city of Lima, is famous for its vineyards, hot weather and canoeing. This sport takes place in the waters of the Cañete River. Rafting is practiced by both beginners and experienced. The route is approximately seven kilometers (50 minutes on the river).

Canoeing in Lunahuaná can be practiced all year round. The services include boats, oars, helmets, life jackets, previous classes and a professional instructor who accompanies the group. It is recommended to be over 12 and under 65 years old. During your visit you can practice other sports such as canopy, trekking, ATV and more.


Trekking in Marcahuasi

Marcahuasi
Marcahuasi

Marcahuasi is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Lima. It is located in the province of Huarochiri, in the Andes Mountains of Lima. This valley is famous for its ‘stone forest’ formed millions of years ago by wind erosion. To get there it is necessary to do a last stretch on foot of almost 6 kilometers from the town of San Pedro de Casta.

This short but demanding hiking trail climbs 700 meters. The highest point reaches 4 thousand meters above sea level. The walk can take between 2 to 4 hours, depending on the physical condition of the visitor. It is a challenge in the Sierra de Lima. People who are not in good physical condition, can request the transfer on horseback.


Cycling in Chorrillos

Cycling in Chorrillos
Cycling in Chorrillos

The Morro Solar de Chorrillos offers one of the best views of the city of Lima and the Pacific Ocean. There is a giant sculpture called ‘Christ of the Pacific’. Also a monument to the ‘Fallen Soldier’. The route there is very popular with expert and novice cyclists. It can be reached by following the Costa Verde bike path from the tourist district of Miraflores.

The last stretch up the Morro Solar is demanding. There are three ascents: one on the track, another on gravel and a more demanding final, also on gravel. The return is downhill through entertaining trails. The route is free for everyone. Due to the low police security of the place, it is recommended to go in a group.


Quad bike in Pachacamac

Quad bike in Pachacamac
Quad bike in Pachacamac

To the south of Lima, in the Pachacamac district, this adventure full of adrenaline and beautiful landscapes takes place. The Pachacamac valley is 48 kilometers from the city of Lima. The ATV route crosses fields with hills and trails. These roads are traveled by ATV for 20 kilometers (approximately 2 hours).

The adventure includes a preliminary training of approximately 30 minutes. A professional guide will accompany the group of tourists on an ATV. It also includes safety helmets. The ATVs are automatic with space for one or two people. Does not include accident or food insurance.


Rappel in Autisha Canyon

Rappel in Autisha Canyon
Rappel in Autisha Canyon

The Autisha canyon (the deepest in Lima) is located in the Santa Eulalia valley, 75 kilometers by road from the city of Lima. This mountainous geography is ideal for rock descent, also called rappelling. The descent is approximately 200 meters. Go through tunnels and caves. At the end you come to an underground lagoon.

This adventure is recommended for people over 12 years old who like these types of challenges. Another even more extreme option is to practice ‘bungee jumping’ on the famous Autisha bridge. To practice this adventure, it is necessary to hire a professional tourism agency (includes all security implements).

 

By Machupicchu Terra – Last updated, December 6, 2021


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