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.
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.
- How to get there from the city of Lima? The Miraflores boardwalk is only 12 kilometers from downtown Lima. Most tourists stay in the same district of Miraflores.
- Approximate price: 180 soles (includes HD filming).
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.
- How to get there from the city of Lima? Makaha beach is located at the end of the Balta boardwalk, a 15-minute walk from the center of Miraflores (Kennedy Park).
- Approximate price: 20 US dollars per class, approximately.
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.
- How to get there from the city of Lima? From the city of Lima you must take public transport to Cañete (20 soles). From there a bus or collective taxi to Lunahuaná (2 soles). The trip takes approximately 3 hours.
- Approximate price: 70 soles per person.
Trekking in 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.
- How to get there from the city of Lima? From the center of Lima you must take public transport to Chosica (4 soles). From there a bus to the town of San Pedro de Casta (15 soles). Finally, on foot to Marcahuasi.
- Approximate price: 20 soles for foreign tourists, 10 soles for Peruvians, 5 soles for university students and 5 soles for schoolchildren.
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.
- How to get there from the city of Lima? The route can start in the district of Miraflores. You cycle along the Costa Verde until you arrive at Morro Solar in the Chorrillos district (approximately 14 kilometers).
- Approximate price: The route is free and free for everyone.
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.
- How to get there from the city of Lima? From any part of the city of Lima you must reach the Panamericana Sur. Then take a public transport to the historic town of Pachacamac. In the main square you can hire ATV services.
- Approximate price: 120 soles per ATV (1 or 2 people).
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).
- How to get there from the city of Lima? From the center of Lima you must take public transport to Chosica (4 soles). From there a bus to the Autisha Casta canyon (15 soles).
- Approximate price: The entrance to Autisha costs 5 Peruvian soles. Full Day tours cost 100 soles per tourist.
By Machupicchu Terra – Last updated, December 6, 2021