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Peru in 2 weeks

A land of panoramic views - Trip for singles

Book From   € 1,199,-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 16 DAYS

Peru in 2 weeks

Here you can find the day-to-day description for Peru in 2 weeks

Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.


There's plenty to do in this beautiful region. Select below or on the map opposite, the highlight you want to read more information about. Read through carefully and then go directly to the tour description.
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A visit of the colonial centre is surely worth your while. As is the presidential palace, where you can watch the daily changing of the guards. |Peru



The oasis town Huacachina is situated among high sand dunes. The sand dunes are a great location for a buggy tour. |Peru



The Nazca lines are one of the biggest mysteries in the world. These huge drawings were made between 900 AC and 600 BC on the wide, flat pampa at Nazca. |Peru



Visit the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa that treats you to a fantastic view of the volcano El Misti. |Peru



Chivay is situated in a big canyon in South- Peru. Visit the local hot springs and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere on the central square.|Peru



Puno lays in the centre of the altiplano. Stroll the Mercado Central and climb the viewpoint Mirador Kuntur Wasi. |Peru



The Inca capital Cuzco was the centre of the world for the Incas. Stroll through the ancient streets and alleys and visit the impressive cathedral of Cuzco.|Peru

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Lima Lima
2 Lima Lima
3 Bus Lima - Pisco - Huacachina Huacachina
4 Bus Huacachina - Nazca Nazca
5 Public transport Nazca - Arequipa Arequipa
6 Arequipa Arequipa
7 Bus Arequipa - Chivay (Colca Canyon) Chivay (Colca Canyon)
8 Bus Chivay (Colca Canyon) - Puno Puno
9 Puno Puno
10 Bus Puno - Cuzco Cuzco
11 Cuzco Cuzco
12 Cuzco Cuzco
13 Cuzco - optional excursion Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) Cuzco
14 Cuzco - optional excursion Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) Cuzco
15 Cuzco Cuzco
16 Cuzco End of tour


Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Peru!

Your tour starts in Lima, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon). Most of your travel companions will arrive later this evening, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will also meet your English speaking tour leader.

Day 2: Lima

Today we are free to explore this beautiful city at leisure. The city centre around Plaza de Armas is full of old colonial buildings, palaces, churches, monasteries and museums, including the Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology. The shopping streets are busy and lively and in the evening you can sample local cuisine in one of the many restaurants.

Day 3: Lima - Pisco - Huacachina

After leaving Lima behind, you drive south through the desert, which stretches from the center of Chile to Northern Peru and extends as a narrow, dry coastal strip. This is an area where using irrigation systems are an increasingly common agricultural practice.

On the way you can take an optional excursion to the Ballestas Islands. This archipelago is half an hour away by boat and is the habitat of thousands of sea lions, penguins, cormorants and pelicans. While the sea lions are swimming around the boat, look at the countless birds on the rocks. On the way you sail past the "Candelabra", a rock-hewn drawing whose meaning and origin is still unknown. You'll also sail along the peninsula of Paracas. The islands here are protected nature reserves.

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Day 4: Huacachina - Nazca

The combination of the cold Humboldt current flowing along the coast of Chile and Peru and the dry desert air lends itself to beautifully shaped sand dunes interspersed with oases. They arise in those places where the rivers, originating in the Andes, flow into the Pacific Ocean. It is around one of these oases that the town of Huacachina is located.

Huacachina is situated on a lagoon with water that is claimed to have a medicinal effect. Maybe hone your skills on a sandboard, surfing the dunes! Or end the day with a spectacular buggy ride at sunset over this special landscape.

This afternoon we continue our journey by bus to Nazca, famous for its intriguing Nazca Lines. Just as amazing is the cemetery at Chauchilla, where sun-bleached Nazca skeletons guard their age-old resting place. 

Day 5: Nazca - Arequipa

This morning you can take an optional flight across the famous Nazca Lines or you can sit and relax by the hotel swimming pool or book another optional excursion.

In the afternoon we will board a comfortable public bus to Arequipa where you will arrive late in the evening, after a journey along the coast and through the mountains.

Day 6: Arequipa

Arequipa is a beautiful old colonial city, surrounded by volcanoes including the famous El Misti, which can be seen from Plaza de Armas. Although the city was founded by the Spanish Conquistadors, many remains from pre-Inca and Incan times can still be found in and around the city.

A variety of day trips are available, however, in Arequipa itself, the Santa Catalina convent, one of the most beautiful in the New World, is worth a visit. For 400 years, nuns lived here in total isolation, until 1970 when the convent was opened to the public. You should also visit the Museum of Sanctuaries Andinos and see the mummy of a young Inca girl, Juanita, who was sacrificed to the volcano to put it in a more favourable mood.

Day 7: Arequipa - Chivay (Colca Canyon)

Today we cross the Altiplano with its fantastic views of the surrounding volcano peaks, the pampas, where vicuña graze, and through several small traditional villages, to Chivay. This trip can be physically demanding because of the altitude, which rises as high as 4800 m.

Our visit to the “Cruz del Condor” with its splendid view of Colca Canyon, one of the deepest gorges in the world, is one of the highlights of our journey and if you are lucky you may catch sight of the majestic condor floating on the thermals. The entrance to Colca Canyon National Park is included in your holiday price.

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Day 8: Chivay (Colca Canyon) - Puno

This morning we move on to Puno, where you are free to spend the day as you please. Puno lies on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. You can visit the Sillustani Tombs here, where the Colla people, a pre-Inca civilisation, buried their dead. You could visit Puno’s colourful market or explore the town at your leisure. Alternatively you may choose to make an excursion to the where pre-Incan excavations at Tihuanacu, in Bolivia.

Day 9: Puno

Alternatively you can take a trip to the Uros and Taquile Islands. The 300 inhabitants of the Uros live on Lake Titicaca, on floating islands made of totora reeds. Their small houses and boat are also made out of reed and the largest island has two-storied houses and a school. The Indians on Isla Taquile are known for their weaving culture.

Day 10: Puno - Cuzco

The bus ride from Puno to Cuzco takes you along a nicely paved road through the Altiplano, past corn and quinoa fields interspersed with pieces of wasteland. After you have passed the busy city of Juliaca you drive through the area where once the Pukura culture prevailed. Then continue to the La Raya pass, at more than 4300 meters high. On either side loom some beautiful, snow-covered mountains. Around the area of ​​La Raya is the University of Cuzco and a facility for breeding alpacas and llamas for quality wool. The bus ride from Puno to Cuzco takes about seven to eight hours.

En route you'll pass several villages and a few interesting Wari and Inca ruins such as Raqchi and Pikillacta. Provided there is time you will also visit the picturesque village of Andahuaylillas, with its beautiful church before arriving in Cusco. You can also (optional) take a train from Puno to Cuzco. This comfortable train departs on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from Puno, then in the evening you will arrive in Cuzco.

Day 11: Cuzco

The Incas considered their city as the 'navel of the earth' and central to the Inca empire. The Spaniards had little respect for the Inca culture and many religious temples were cleared to make way for their baroque churches and for the building of ornate houses. The mixture of architectural styles in Cuzco can clearly be seen in the alleyways around the Plaza de Armas.

In the city itself, there is plenty to do. If you are interested in the Inca culture, definitely visit the Museo Inka, which is full of gold and silver artifacts and large earthenware cups. The only remaining Inca Palace, the Coricancha, is not to be missed. During the last earthquake in 1950 the walls of the monastery and church of Santo Domingo were exposed but restoration work has since taken place in such a way that the Incan masonry is still visible. It's worth buying the Cuzco visitor ticket, that gives you access to almost all major monuments, churches and museums. Remember that if you opt for the 4 day Inca Trail, you will have little time to see Cuzco (and vicinity)!

Day 12: Cuzco

Today you have a free day to spend in Cuzco.

Inca trail
For hikers, nature and culture lovers the 42 kilometre long Inca trail is a true challenge but truly enchanting. This is a rugged trek where you sleep in two-person tents so make sure you prepare yourself thoroughly. It is best to walk the Inca trail between May and October, although there may be one or two showers. Please note that during the month February the Inca Trail is always closed for maintenance.

For a description of the Inca trail please check the information at the end of the final day of this tour.

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Day 13: Cuzco - optional excursion Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Today you can join an optional excursion to Machu Picchu (request when booking). You travel by train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride through the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley takes about four hours. The rest of the day you are free to explore the town or to take a nice walk. You can even visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu today. Keep in mind though that the bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu would today be at your own expense (on day 14, the bus is included), and that for two days you will need to pay the entrance fee to Machu Picchu.

Day 14: Cuzco - optional excursion Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Today is the planned day that you'll visit the hidden city of the Incas: Machu Picchu, beautifully situated on a plateau surrounded by rugged rock formations. Due to its unique location, the city was never discovered by the Spaniards, leaving them exceptionally well preserved. Only in 1911 were the ruins accidentally discovered by American historian Hiram Bingam who thought that he had found Vilcabamba. Archaeologists assume that it was once a religious city of the Incas, but the exact function is still unknown.

There is plenty of time to explore this great complex with its many temples, terraces and sacred sites. For the classic photo of Machu Picchu climb up to the Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock. For a completely different view then hike to up to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) or to the top of Huayna Picchu, also with spectacular views. In the afternoon take the train back to Cuzco.

Day 15: Cuzco

Free day in Cuzco. Take a stroll through the streets of the artists' quarter of San Blas or watch the market sellers trying to sell their beautiful llama and alpaca sweaters. It is also worthwhile to take an optional excursion to the Sacred Valley. This will include a visit to the ruins of Pisac with beautiful views, and of course the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, where the Incas achieved one of their few victories over the Spaniards. If you have time you can end this tour by visiting the pre-Inca salt pans of Salineras. The sight of these pans, situated in a valley, is very beautiful.

Cuzco attracts crowds of tourists from around the world because of it's historical importance. It is therefore not surprising that cuisines from almost every country are represented. In the evening enjoy a live performance by Indian musicians until the early hours.

Day 16: Cuzco

The last day of your tour. You can use your hotel room in Cuzco until check out time (most times at 12.00 hrs noon). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Peru.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 16) is not included.

With a group of 8 persons (or more) the entire trip will be carried out with private transportation (except for the section from Nazca to Arequipa, as mentioned in the day-to-day description). With a group of up to seven persons the sections Lima-Ica-Nazca and Puno-Cuzco will be carried out using public transportation. Naturally, the tour leader takes care of the tickets for the public transportation.

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On the trip departing June 10th 2018, you can see the Inti Raymi Festival from Cuzco.

Inca trail 
Before booking an Inca trail excursion please check real time availability

4-day Inca Trail
This is the ultimate tour for people who have adequate time, good health and good fitness. In four days you can walk from 2000 meters to 4200 meters and along 3900 passes. You will also walk over plains, sometimes by a dense cloud forest mountain with beautiful bromeliads and lianas. Also explore with the local guide who accompanies you throughout the trip, some very beautiful Inca ruins. Cooking utensils, tents, provisions and fuel for four days go along with the local porters. Take a small backpack with you containing your stuff for 4 days, and your sleeping bag. For an extra fee you can have the porters carry your luggage (please do this immediately upon booking if you wish).

2-day Inca trail
You will be accompanied by a local guide who will stay with the group during the entire trek. Local porters carry the cooking equipment, tents and provisions for two days. You carry a small backpack containing your needs for these two days and a sleeping bag.
This two day walk of the Inca trail starts near the holy Urubamba River and ends in the afternoon in Machu Picchu, where we will stay the night at the foot of the city in the village of Aguas Calientes. The next day we have plenty of time to take a guided tour of the ruins, in late afternoon we board the train to Cuzco.

If you want to walk the Inca trail, indicate this on your booking form and as the trek is extremely popular and places are limited book early to avoid disappointment. When booking, give your exact name and passport number (your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour), this information will be printed on the entrance tickets. Any error in this data automatically generates a penalty fee which will be passed on to you. The Inca Trail is upon request and is only confirmed when you have received confirmation from us. Given the high cancellation we charge € 100, - cancellation fee if you decide to cancel once all is confirmed. The impossibility of confirming the Inca Trail does not mean that the whole trip may be canceled free of charge.

If you have booked either the 2 or 4 day Inca trail, you will not stay overnight in Aguas Calientes (plus train trip) according to the standard programme. Obviously, all these costs are taken into account in the price.

Extend your trip

  • Cuzco - Tambopata jungle extension
    The ''Peru in 2 weeks'' trip can be extended with a 4-day (3 nights) jungle tour in Puerto Maldonado followed by a night in Lima. You must book this extension at the same time as reserving your trip. The flights involved are on a request basis. If you are the only one to book and there are no others to share a room with then there will be a single room surcharge of € 170. The price of the jungle package includes the transfer from the hotel to the airport in Cuzco, the entrance fee to Tambopata Reserve and local airport taxes, but excluding, gratuities, drinks and personal expenses.

    On the first day you will fly from Cuzco in a half hour to the city of Puerto Maldonado, where you'll meet your boat and sail to the jungle lodge. In the afternoon there is time for a welcome drink and a short walk to a lake. After sunset there is the chance for caiman spotting by canoe. You see their eyes sparkle in the light of your flashlight.

    The following day you make a walk and a canoe trip on the lake where, if you are lucky, you can see giant river otters, monkeys, turtles and many species of birds. In the afternoon you have time to relax on your own or take the opportunity to go hiking.

    The next day is often used to do your own thing or to walk along the marked trails. Of course you can also sign up for an excursion organized by the lodge if you prefer. For example, a visit to a small clay wall or a day hike to the Katicocha Lake.

    On the fourth day you'll travel by motorized canoe back to Puerto Maldonado. From this city you will fly back to Lima where you will have one final night at the hotel.

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