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Two Weeks in Peru

14 Nights

This classic two week tour of Peru takes you on a loop around this wonderful country including many of the major sites. You begin in Lima before heading to the White City of Arequipa, before passing through the volcanoes to the Colca Canyon and up to Lake Titicaca. The Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Inca heartlands come next before you finish deep in the Peruvian Amazon.

This classic two week tour of Peru takes you on a loop around this wonderful country including many of the major sites. You begin in Lima before heading to the White City of Arequipa, before passing through the volcanoes to the Colca Canyon and up to Lake Titicaca. The Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Inca heartlands come next before you finish deep in the Peruvian Amazon.


  • Destinations: Peru
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Arrive in the Capital of Peru
On arrival in Lima you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the Miraflores district of the city. In the afternoon, you begin a half-day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas, the San Francisco Monastery and Casa Aliaga, which is the oldest colonial mansion in Lima and in the whole of South America. After returning to your hotel, you can relax after your long journey and perhaps spend the evening enjoying wonderful Peruvian cuisine such as ceviche, the raw fish cooked with lime juice and spices.
Day 2 : The White City of Arequipa
In the morning you transfer back to the airport for your domestic flight to Arequipa, the White City located as The Andes mountain range slopes down towards the Pacific Ocean. On arrival in Arequipa your guide will escort you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will take a light guided walking tour of Arequipa visiting the Santa Catalina Monastery, the Plaza de Armas, the Church of the Company, and the Church of San Francisco. The views of Mount Misti, the 5,822m volcano towering over the city, are never far away, and the altitude of Arequipa gives the city a mountain feel. Coca tea and light meals are recommended for your first night.
Day 3 : Into The Andes
After breakfast you begin the journey from Arequipa up and into the Andes range. The journey to the Colca Canyon takes 3-4 hours, stopping briefly to visit the Mirador de los Andes en route at an altitude of over 4,000m, with towering snow-capped peaks on either side. You drop down from the pass into the Colca Valley. Following your arrival in Chivay you will stop for lunch before taking a light guided hike around the valley. After your hike you can visit the medicinal baths and thermal springs to relax and swim before returning for dinner at the lodge. The evening is free and relaxing is wise after arriving at the higher altitudes of Colca.
Day 4 : Condors & Canyons
Your day begins early with the journey down the valley to the narrowest point, the Colca Canyon. At 3,000m deep, this is thought to be the second deepest land canyon with many pre-Inca terraces. A stop at the El Mirador lookout point, the Cruz del Condor, allows you to observe these immense Andean birds wheeling on thermals and rising up the canyon. A visit to local communities on the way back gives you a look at rural Colca Valley culture, unchanged for centuries. You arrive back at the lodge for lunch, with the afternoon free. Evening brings a look at one of the local folkloric shows, with dances depicting stories from the region.
Day 5 : Across the Andean Plain to Lake Titicaca
Your day begins with the journey up and out of the Colca Valley. You cross the High Andean Plain, with nothing but llamas and tiny farmsteads dotting the wide expanse of sparse grasslands. Andean peaks are always visible and the wind is harsh at this altitude. You reach the shores of Lake Titicaca at some point in the late afternoon, and will be taken immediately to your hotel. You can enjoy the views across the lake as the sun begins to set, with the spectacular colours in the clear air of Lake Titicaca. The evening is free to acclimatise, learn about your schedule for the next couple of days in the area and enjoy some warming Andean cuisine.
Day 6 : The Islands of Lake Titicaca
In the morning you head out onto the deep, blue waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the fascinating floating Islands of Uros. These islands have been man-made using tortura reeds that grow in abundance around the lake, and the communities there have adapted their lives to floating homes. Your tour will also take you to Isla Taquile where you can explore its tranquil cobblestone streets and learn about the unique local culture that sprung up in the isolated community, whose unique weaving skills make it a Unesco World Heritage site. After lunch on the island, you have a little time to explore further before you return to Puno. The evening is free.
Day 7 : Down the Valley to Cusco
After breakfast you begin the journey from Lake Titicaca to Cusco by bus or train, with stops at La Raya, Rachi and Andahuayillas en route. La Raya is the the place where the road and railway reach their highest point before arriving on the Andean Plain, over 4,000m above sea level. At this point, you can look up to see a stream coming down between two mountains - a source of the River Amazon. The ruins of Rachi date from the Inca period, set amongst the upper reaches of the Urubamba Valley. Andahuayillas contains one of the nicest churches in the Andes. On arrival in Cusco you will be escorted to your hotel with the evening free.
Day 8 : The Inca Capital of Cusco
Your first morning in Cusco can be spent at your leisure, either exploring the city or relaxing at your hotel. Your guided tour of the city and its archaeological sites will begin in the afternoon, starting with a visit to the impressive colonial cathedral, followed by Korikancha (The Temple of the Sun). From here you will travel to the outskirts of Cusco for a tour of the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, later visiting the ruins of Puca Pucara, Qenqo, and Tambomachay. The evening is free to enjoy dinner at a restaurant in some historic building set amongst the cobbled streets, or perhaps even at the Pre-Colombine Art Museum.
Day 9 : The Sacred Valley of the Inca
Today you head up and out of Cusco to the Urubamba Valley. Your first stop will be at the village of Pisac and its local market, with Tuesday, Thursday and especially Sunday being the most colourful days. In the early afternoon you will enjoy lunch with a view of the valley. The afternoon will be spent exploring the impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo, climbing up and down the steep terraces with views down the three valleys that meet there, and made Ollantaytambo a strategic point for any travellers. You finish at your hotel for the evening amongst the scenic splendour of the Sacred Valley.
Day 10 : The Lost City of Machu Picchu
You leave during the morning for your train ride through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at the station in Aguas Calientes your guide will retrieve your luggage and escort you to your transportation to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. Following a guided tour of the ruins, in which you will learn all about the origins of this archeological wonder, you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore. Transportation is provided to the base of the mountain, from where you can return to your hotel. The evening is free to enjoy dinner in the sheltered little town of Aguas Calientes, with mountains towering all around.
Day 11 : Sunrise At The Ruins...?
You may want to visit the ruins a second time to catch the magical moments of Sunrise at Machu Picchu, although you need to be prepared for an early start. You may also consider the trek up to Huayna Picchu, the steep little mountain behind the ruins. This hike requires approximately three hours to complete and allows for spectacular views of Machu Picchu and the valleys and mountains, with the train tracks almost directly below. After descending, you may have time to enjoy the hot springs that give the town its name before your train to Cusco departs in the afternoon, arriving in Cusco after dark.
Day 12 : Into The Amazon Rainforest
After breakfast, you fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, where you transfer to the Rio Madre de Dios for a 25min journey by motor canoe to the riverside trailhead to Sandoval Lake Lodge. From here the trail takes you on a 3.2km walk through secondary forest until a paddle canoe trip to the lake itself, where a catamaran finishes the trip to the lodge. After lunch you explore the entire west end of the lake. Here, in the flooded palm forest we drift to the sound of the largest flock of Red-Bellied Macaws in the world. A night safari takes you to look for the rare Black Caimans before a guided walk takes you into the forest behind the lodge.
Day 13 : Lake Sandoval Wildlife
Sunrise at the lake might bring an encounter with the family of Giant Otters who are most active at dawn. Most fish-eating water birds feed in the early morning and you should encounter prehistoric-looking Hoatzins. After breakfast a hike in tall virgin forest includes towering Brazil Nut trees and a demonstration of how your hosts collect, open and commercialize this important natural product. After lunch you explore the eastern part of the lake, with five species of resident monkeys, such as the Brown Capuchin and Squirrel Monkeys. After dinner you can to try to spot Black Caimans or take a short night walk through the primary forest.
Day 14 : Amazon Jungle Experiences
A dawn walk takes you into the interior of the Mauritia palm forest with its concentration of parrots, parakeets and large and small macaws. Your naturalist guide then takes you through the ancient rainforest and lianas to explain the ecology of the rain forest and its diverse flora and fauna. After lunch there is an option to independently explore some of the forest trails using our trail map. You might stroll through the medicinal plant garden, watch hummingbirds visiting nectar feeders, or tanagers visiting fruit feeders. In the cooler late afternoon you explore the eastern end of the lake under a spectacular sunset before returning to the lodge.
Day 15 : Flying Home from the Amazon
After breakfast you leave around dawn for a final paddle around the west end of the lake to try and glimpse the Giant Otters before returning by motor canoe for the 35min return trip to Puerto Maldonado Airport, and the flight from there back to Lima. On arrival in the Peruvian capital, you may have some time to spare before your overnight international flight home. This can be spent across the road from the terminal building at the Ramada Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, which has spa facilities and a restaurant that are open to non-guests. Your flight away gives you time to reflect on the cultural and natural wonders of your time in Peru.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 3,550 US$ 4,150 US$ 4,975
Domestic Flights ** US$ 450


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* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November