Southern Peru holiday, tailor made

“The finest of southern Peru’s landscapes, ancient heritage and wildlife tied up into a three-week tailor-made tour of epic proportions. Simply wow. ”


Lima | Paracas | Ballestas Islands tour | Nazca | Arequipa | Colca Canyon | Cruz del Condor | Lake Titicaca | Uros and Taquile Islands tour | Puno | Cusco | Sacred Valley | Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu guided tour | Puerto Maldonado | Tambopata National Reserve

Description of Southern Peru holiday, tailor made

The ultimate Peruvian adventure, this three-week tailor-made tour encompasses the cream of southern Peru’s bountiful crop of showstopping landscapes, fascinating wildlife, vibrant indigenous culture and ancient Incan relics.

You’ll get to experience some of South America’s most spectacular places with a mixture of tours led by expert, local English-speaking guides and free time to explore at your leisure. Highlights include cosmopolitan Lima, with its up-and-coming foodie scene, the beautiful colonial cities of Arequipa and Cusco, meeting the traditional indigenous communities on Lake Titicaca’s islands, exploring iconic Machu Picchu and losing yourself in the pristine Amazon rainforest.

Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, or simply someone who loves being out and about in nature, you’ll love watching the plethora of penguins, sea lions and comorants that call the Ballestas Islands home, seeing Andean condors soaring high on thermals in the jaw-dropping Colca Canyon and spotting some of Peru’s rarest Amazon wildlife in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve.

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

Do note that rainforest lodges in Tambopata make for a real jungle experience, as such you can expect your room to be comfortable but unlikely to have electricity or hot water.

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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 overland all the way from Lima to Cusco via Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca and Puno, using a combination of comfortable public buses and shared tourist transportation.

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. The lodge 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.

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.

This holiday includes an overnight stay in a community run lodge in the Colca Canyon, as well as a homestay experience on Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca. You will meet local people and eat locally sourced and prepared traditional foods. Your participation will directly benefit local communities economically and also socially, as traditional ways of life and customs are validated. We are respectful towards the communities that we will take you to visit, and you will always be accompanied by a local guide. The family run tour operator you will travel with in the Colca Canyon organises and finances regular events such as travelling clinics and environmental projects in Colca, so that the wider community benefits from tourism, not just those directly involved.

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.


1 Reviews of Southern Peru holiday, tailor made

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2020 by

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

The diversity of the landscape was very impressive. All kind of vegetation and weather types.

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

To take your time, many cities, monuments and history of the country to see.

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

Yes, I think it benefits local economy and communities by buying their special/local products and visiting their moments, communities (where you can see how they live, their customs...). And also by doing this we support the conservation of their moments, landscapes and traditions.

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

We were glad to discover (a part of) Ecuador, we've learn and seen many things during our trip thanks to our guide especially. And we've highly appreciated people's generosity and positive attitude.

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