Peru holiday, Andes to the Amazon

“A 12-day tailor made tour celebrating the very best of Peru from Lima to the Amazon. Ancient and modern, man-made and oh-so-wild. ”


Lima | Paracas | Ballestas Islands tour | Cusco | Guided tour of Cusco and Sacsayhuaman | Sacred Valley tour | Aguas Calientes | Guided tour of Machu Picchu | Puerto Maldonado | Tambopata National Reserve | Cocococha Lake trek

Description of Peru holiday, Andes to the Amazon

A celebration of the staggering diversity of Peru’s landscapes, culture and wildlife, this 12-day tailor-made tour takes you from cosmopolitan Lima to the Amazon Rainforest, via the rocky, wildlife-strewn Ballestas Islands, colonial Cusco and iconic Machu Picchu.

English-speaking expert guides accompany you on a variety of guided tours throughout your trip. You will be introduced to Lima’s colonial centre and modern Miraflores before embarking on a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands to see the plethora of sealions, penguins and cormorants that call them home. You'll discover Cusco’s fascinating Incan and colonial heritage, travel through the Sacred Valley to the colourful indigenous craft market at Pisac and take a guided tour of the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the true marvels of South America.

Finally a flight down to Puerto Maldonado (not included) starts your Amazon adventure, where you’ll be guided through the Tambopata Reserve, on foot and by boat. Get your binoculars ready to spot some of Peru’s most endangered wildlife, including black caiman and giant otters. A true jungle experience, accommodation is in rainforest lodge, which boast comfortable but basic rooms that are usually without electricity and hot-water.

This tour is completely customisable to suit your wishes and interests. Included in this suggested itinerary is transport and transfers with a Spanish-speaking driver, guided tours and entrance fees (except Tambopata Reserve), B&B accommodation and other meals as indicated. International and domestic flights are available separately.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We take care to minimise the environmental impact of our trips and include shared tours and public transport where appropriate. On this tour you will travel from Lima to Paracas on a comfortable public bus. By visiting Paracas you are encouraging the development of a responsible eco-tourism industry in an area which was until recently dominated by industrial fisheries. New tourism initiatives mean more regulations from the government and protection for the fragile eco-systems of the Ballestas Islands.

The Amazon Rainforest lodge you will visit on this tour is located in the “La Torre” sector of the Tambopata national reserve buffer zone and is surrounded by an area of private conservation (ACP) with pristine forest and natural bamboo patches. The lodge is constructed with traditional materials from the Amazon. The palm leaf thatching, timber and bamboo maintain an architecture that blends in perfectly with the surrounding nature and the gardens full of medicinal and ornamental plants.

In addition to encouraging visits to responsibly run Rainforest Lodges, we make regular donations to ARBIO – a non-profit organisation based in Puerto Maldonado. Their goal is to protect the rainforest around the city as it grows and encroaches on the surrounding forest with the development of the new Inter-Oceanic Highway.

The Impacts of this Trip

We work with local operators and accommodation owners who share our commitment to responsible travel wherever possible.

Our local operator in Cusco is owned and run by a local family who take pride in employing local people and in giving back to the wider community. They organise regular events to support isolated communities in the Cusco area, including emergency relief campaigns to areas affected by flooding during the rainy season.

The Amazon lodge we work with is a family business run by naturalists who prioritise social and environmental responsibility as well as high quality service. With this goal they finance and advise upon rural and eco-tourism projects with the inhabitants of the “La Torre” area. Local people are encouraged to participate and are offered an alternative source of income through tourism.

Our recommendations for fair trade shopping and eating opportunities in each destination, as well as details of community projects which can be visited are available to all our travellers.


1 Reviews of Peru holiday, Andes to the Amazon

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Lots of great adventures, hard to pick a winner. Snorkelling in the Galapagos and meeting penguins and turtles is amazing, but then completing the Inca Trail
section to reach Machu Picchu is rather good too. And then you can't ignore the Amazon rainforest or the Bolivian salt-flats.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Plan the kit well. From hot days by the equator, to sub-zero temperatures up in the Andes, from torrential downpours on the Inca Trail to blazing reflected
sunshine on the salt-flats, you need to be prepared.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We received several reminders about local benefits from some tourism; I liked the solar-power adaptations for the Lake Titicaca floating villages - no need to
use candles now.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent - of course

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