A luxury tour to visit Peru in 2 weeks - Travel Guide

There are trips that come only once in our lives, this trip was a marvel, a dream that I had been planning for a long time;

That is why I want to give you all the information you need to know about Peru, the most visited country in South America, because here you will find one of the 7 wonders of the world, Machu Picchu;

Doing this tour in 2 weeks for us was a real luxury, in the following lines I will explain why I am so enthusiastic when I tell you all this.

Travel Guide to visit Peru for 2 weeks

In this travel guide I will leave you everything I could experience during my visit to the different attractions of this beautiful country, I tell you that I went to visit:  

Lima (Capital of Peru), Ica (Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Nazca), Arequipa (Chivay, Colca Canyon), Puno (Lanchón, Taquile), Cusco (Chinchero, Moray, Maras, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Pisac).  

Why visit Peru in 2 weeks?

Well, as I told you at the beginning to know a country, a city, its gastronomy, to know its culture is a luxury, the experiences lived have been one of the best things that I take with me from this beautiful country.

If you are planning to come or surely want to come back again, then don't think about it anymore and come for one, the country is safe, has a diversity of food, places to go and things to do so it is difficult to get bored, moreover its people are very charismatic and warm;

What is the best date to plan my trip to Peru?

You have to take into account this information before traveling to Peru, because this country has a diverse climate, so it influences a lot in which months it is better to go or are not recommended, but this will depend on the attraction you want to visit.

For example:

If you are planning your trip around this time, please use these references as a guide.

Day 1: Visit Lima

This is our first day on Peruvian soil, we arrive around noon. We transfer to our hotel and take a tour through the streets of the capital of Peru - Lima.

The place has colonial mansions, palaces, convents that still preserve their buildings, we could also find restaurants, street food, markets, etc. endless shopping malls, squares and tourist spots that you must go if you are here.

What to see and do in Lima?

There are many things to see and do in the capital, to know much of Lima- city of kings you would have to stay a few days, but I will detail some of the destinations you can visit:

Visiting hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm.

Where to eat?

To be honest we did not stay long in this city, but you can go to the restaurants located in the city center - Plaza de Armas that have a variety of prices, among the dishes they offer ceviche, lomo saltado, aji de gallina and causa rellena among other recognized dishes of Peru. 

We stayed there to prepare them and we had no regrets at all, everything was delicious and still at a good price.

Where to stay?

Specifically I don't have a favorite place, but I advise you to look on TripAdvisor or on the website for the comments left by previous guests, because being the capital city there are several places to stay. 

Another option you can choose is Airbnb, they are houses that you can rent for a day or more and it is a quieter place for you to rest, as well as this there are several options you just have to look for.

My Recommendations

Day 2: Ica, Paracas Bay, National Reserve

Our next destination is Ica, is located on the Peruvian coast is characterized as a desert coast perfect for those who love the heat, extreme adventures and the same nature, perhaps the city itself is not very 

During our visit to Ica, we will go to the Paracas Bay, Paracas National Reserve, one of its great attractions.

What to see and do in Paracas Bay, National Reserve?

Surely you will be shocked as I was, as they say the first impression counts and this is no exception, because when I arrived at the place I was fascinated by so much natural beauty that Ica has, but I'll stop telling you more and explain in detail everything I could see.

Definitely, these places left me amazed by so much beauty 

Where to eat?

As with any destination, prices are always a little higher than in the city, here you will find Creole and marine menus from 20 to 25 soles.

Where to stay?

There are several lodgings ranging from three stars to more, but there are some budget hostels, it really depends on your comfort.

My Recommendations

As with any destination, prices are always a little higher than in the city, here you will find Creole and marine menus from 20 to 25 soles.

Day 3: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis 

The next day after visiting Paracas, we continue with our visit and continue touring the attractions of Ica, this time we decided to go to Ballestas Island an unforgettable destination, then we go to Huacachina another amazing attraction in the middle of the desert.                

What to see and do in Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis?

Once in the Ballestas Island or "Peruvian Galapagos" we will see the largest guano that Peru has, at least 20 tons of guano are produced per year and are collected manually every 7 to 10 years.

Here you will be able to see a variety of species such as sea lions, pelicans, and a diversity of birds, which can only be seen on a boat ride.

I advise you to look for the best option, because I opted for a 2-hour tubular package, with spaces for photos, sandboarding and a tubular ride, you must keep in mind that the entrance ticket to the dunes has an additional cost of 3 soles and we must pay before enjoying.

When you are inside you will love the scenery, the ride on the tubular that goes between the top and bottom of the sand that makes you feel like you are falling or flying at the same time, a unique experience indeed. Also the ride down on the sandboard is wauu….fantastic.

Where to eat?

There are several restaurants where you can go, you have two options you can eat one can be in the same city of Ica where there are a variety of prices, the second is to eat in Huacachina although you must take into account that being a tourist place the costs of lunch or other food. But always look for, there are good options, it is not looking for something cheap and it can be expensive, it can be intermediate or asking the locals what is the best place to eat.  

Where to stay?

The vast majority of travelers visit Huacachina for only one day and return to Paracas and continue their trip, but if you have more time then enjoy the nightlife in Huacachina;

Preferably look for a hostel, because they are cheap and nice, many of them are complete and there is nothing to complain about, at least I stayed in one of them and if they are comfortable, now the lodging is a little more expensive because the service is more private.

My Recommendations

Day 4: Visit to the Nazca Lines

After having visited the other destinations of Ica, we are now going to see one of the great geoglyphs of Nazca, because around 300 geometric figures, 70 plant designs were found.

To better see the magnitude of the geoglyphs you must visit it from the air, it has an additional cost making it a luxurious ride.

What to see and do in Nazca?

To get to this place you must take a bus and tell the driver that you will get off at the Nazca viewpoint, when you enter you must pay a symbolic entrance fee;

Where to eat?

As we know all places offer a diversity of typical dishes, therefore in Nazca you will find a variety of restaurants, one more known than others, offering typical local dishes such as charapana, seafood, carapulcra, dry soup, among others.

Where to stay?

Just as in Ica, those who visit the Nazca Lines return and continue with their trip, but if you choose to stay longer in Nazca then I advise you to look for a good spot, always look for options and give you the option to choose which of them is much better.

My Recommendations

Day 5: Arequipa or Ciudad Blanca   

Our journey continues, this time we go to the south of the country, the landscape will give us incredible views of the surrounding landscape. You should know that the White City or Arequipa is surrounded by three volcanoes (Misti, Pichu Pichu and Chachani).

Getting to know Arequipa is another of my favorite places, we will start by visiting the center of Arequipa, Yanahuara and other must-see places.

What to see and do in Arequipa?

In short there are several places to visit, these are some of the places I could visit, if you are going to stay longer in Arequipa then you should go to the other attractions that this beautiful city has.

Where to eat?

As every city has several places to eat or taste Arequipa's delicacies, these are some of the places where I could go.

Where to stay?

Arequipa is a beautiful city to stay, so if you are going to visit on a certain date you must take into account as any other place if it is in high tourist season you may not find where to stay, but if you are traveling in low season then stay calm because if there will be more than one where to stay.

The types of accommodation that we can find in Arequipa are between a lodge, hostels and a room through Airbnb, the latter is the most practical and most comfortable to stay a few days in the white city;

My Recommendations

Day 6: Colca Canyon

To get to the Colca Canyon you must take into account two aspects, the first is to hire the services of a tourist agency and the other alternative is to go on your own, if you like to live new experiences then the last option can be good }.

The only route to get to the Colca Canyon is to go on foot, and along the way you will find, but first you must go to a certain road in a bus or cab, usually the cars leave you in the town of Chivay from this point you must go on foot to the Colca Canyon so we will go through several points. Here is what you will see and do in the Colca Canyon.

What to see and do in Colca Canyon?

At the same time you can see large volcanoes such as Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca, Huarancante and Chucura beautiful hills that surround the landscape;

Where to eat?

As I mentioned before, several towns have restaurants that offer a variety of traditional or local dishes, however I recommend you to try the alpaca or llama roast, it has a peculiar flavor.

They also make meat stews and chupes, and if you love guinea pig ask for it as baked, roasted or stewed guinea pig, this will depend on how they are used to cook it, however all dishes are delicious.

Where to stay?

Do not despair, the towns that offer lodging are Chivay, Yanque and Coporaque here you will find from the most basic to the luxurious, now if you want a place closer to the Colca Canyon you can stay in the town of Cabanaconde, as they also offer lodging service and your visit to the viewpoint is closer.

My Recommendations

Day 7: Cruz del Condor viewpoint - Chivay 

The viewpoint of the Cruz del Condor is one of the most visited places in Arequipa and also one of the most beautiful places you have to know, it is also considered the second most visited tourist attraction, after Machu Picchu;

As you know the condor is an Andean bird, it measures an average of 1.30 m and can weigh about 12 kg, another fact is that it is one of the animals that flies higher and usually lives in the snowy is its habitat.

What to see and do in Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor?

My Recommendations

Day 8: Visit the capital of Peruvian Folklore - Puno

After having visited the beautiful white city of Arequipa and having seen the great flight of condors we go to Puno, another town that offers other tourist sites to visit, but you should know that the route I chose is different from the routine, here I will explain the places I could visit;

We were really amazed with so much cultural, religious and ancestral richness that this town has and there are still many things to discover and experience, it is undoubtedly another of my favorite places that I have to visit again.

What to see and do in Puno?

The rooms are comfortable and have a view of Lake Titicaca.

Where to eat?

On this occasion I had lunch in the village of Llachón, they prepared a typical lunch and we enjoyed it with all those who were also part of the group that visited the place.

Where to stay?

As I had already mentioned if you come to these villages, you have to do experiential tourism and usually they have a room prepared so you can be with them, their rooms are cozy, overlooking the lake this will depend on the point you go. And you must take into account that it is cold there so they will offer you a handmade llama wool blanket, vicuña, they are very warm and with beautiful designs, each room is well decorated perfect to spend one or two nights.

My Recommendations

Day 9: Taquile Island

It is another day and we go to another island of Lake Titicaca, this time our trip takes us to Taquile Island which is characterized by its ancestral weavers and it is worth living with them. This island is about 4,000 meters above sea level and is considered one of the most beautiful places to visit, the village stands out because only men are in charge of making their weavings for themselves and for women.

What to see and do in Taquile Island?

According to the old settlers, here were those weavers who made the clothes of the Inca and the noble classes, therefore that tradition was kept alive and until now they continue practicing it and transmitting it from generation to generation, it is really a beautiful experience, it is worth coming to this magnificent town.

Where to eat?

The town of Taquile offers a typical local lunch based on potatoes, quinoa, eggs, lake trout and more, it was a delight.

Where to stay?

As rural tourism is done in this town, you can stay in one of the houses of the villagers, actually their houses are very cozy, small enough to spend a few nights, but what matters here is the experience you have with them and you know closely their lifestyle.

If you haven't booked, don't worry, you can find a room, although it is better to make a reservation in advance;

My Recommendations

Day 10: Route Puno - Cusco

After visiting the islands we return to the city of Puno, from there we leave for Cusco to visit the other attractions of this ancient city, cradle of the Inca empire.

But first I went through some places that are a must to know that I will narrate below the places I was able to visit.

What to see and do in Ruta Puno?

Along the way you will come across ladies selling handicrafts, souvenirs if you like you can buy them.

In short, this place is one of the largest in Latin America.

La Raya
La Raya

Where to eat?

On the way to Cusco, passing through the Abra you will find several locals who offer a variety of things among them sell dishes made from alpaca, an auquénido that abounds in the area, so this would be their typical dish.

You can also eat at different points, this will depend on the place you are visiting, if you can do experiential tourism it would be nice because you connect more with the locals and also share with them.

Where to stay?

Well, I stayed in one of the inhabitant houses, in order to share more with the local people, they will give you a room, your breakfast and lunch, but to live this experience you have to make a reservation before.

My Recommendations

Day 11: City tour in Cusco

After having made a long trip and being already installed in a hotel in the city of Cusco, we have the day to visit the various attractions that has the same city; here you can visit from temples, markets and squares, because the whole city is surrounded by a lot of history, Inca and colonial buildings that are still alive, endure over time.

What to see and do in Cusco?

Also, they sell groceries, meats, flowers, handicrafts, food, herbalism, fruits, dairy products among other small stalls that sell other things, in fact you find everything you are looking for, so it is one of the most complete markets I could see;

As I said around the square there are houses that function as stores including handicrafts, food, and in some travel agencies.

Before entering you must pay an entrance ticket, so it is better if you buy the BTC tourist ticket.

Where to eat?

We have several places to eat, you can do it in the same square, although they will have a higher cost unlike the San Pedro market where you find a variety of dishes with comfortable prices;

From my experience the San Pedro market is a good option, because it offers a variety of dishes, some traditional among others, and the food here is delicious.

Where to stay?

Well, this will depend on the place and your economy, because here in the city we find hotels from five stars to the most basic and some in Airbnb, you should see which of them is better according to your comfort, although I preferred an Airbnb house that are comfortable and gives you the chance to buy things and prepare them yourself.

But, here you find several options so don't worry, but if you already have a favorite place then you have to make a reservation in advance.

My Recommendations

Day 12: Sacred Valley of the Incas 

The next day we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a must if you are in Cusco, we have many places to see, as all are Inca. Preferably do it with a travel agency, they will take care of the transportation and the respective guide;

What to see and do in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?

Well I was very surprised by so much knowledge applied, really the Incas were very advanced characters and the remains that were found; today you can see a lot even teaches us there are things that can not be explained, actually everything found here is unsurpassed.

Where to eat?

As all the way is by car, you would have to make a stop in Pisac, as this is on the way to Ollantaytambo where we are heading; returning to the start you could have lunch in Pisac (this if you are going on your own), but if you are going with a travel agency they already have contracted the restaurant where you will have lunch in this case it was beyond Pisac a very nice place and the lunch was very good.

But do not despair, because there are several restaurants that offer lunch and the maps are sure that you will find one for lunch.

My Recommendations

Day 13: Visit the 7th wonder of the world Machu Picchu

This was one of the trips I was looking forward to the most of my entire trip, with this I do not mean that the others were not nice, no…no…no…no… Everything was fantastic, but to know the citadel of Machu Picchu is really something fantastic, unbelievable.This was one of the trips I was looking forward to the most of my entire trip, with this I do not mean that the others were not nice, no...no...no...no... Everything was fantastic, but to know the citadel of Machu Picchu is really something fantastic, unbelievable.

Actually I lack words to express everything I felt when I arrived at Machu Picchu, it recharges you with energy, it is something mystical, amazing, in short I will tell you everything I could see. By the way, if you go to visit the Inca citadel you have to go with a guide to explain everything they built.

What to see and do in Machu Picchu?

Actually every construction that is here is incredible and the curious thing is that here the Spaniards could not get here so this Inca city is intact or as the Incas left it,

Now what you can also do is climb the Huayna Picchu, go to the Mountain Machu Picchu or visit the Inca Bridge; but keep in mind that to do the Huayna Picchu which is one of the biggest adventure stars because it is steep and you have to make a reservation at least two months in advance and for the others if you can find them when you make your reservation for Machu Picchu.

Where to eat?

For breakfast, lunch or dinner you can do it in the town of Aguas Calientes, in its central market although it is the only one, however, if you want to try other places you can do it in the different restaurants that are also located in the town. It is difficult to get lost, because it is so small that everything is known there, so do not worry about finding a good place to eat.

Where to stay?

Well, this part is perhaps a little complicated, I tell you that if you are going to visit Machu Picchu and you plan to stay overnight there you should make a reservation in advance because hotels tend to fill up fast and it is better if you do it when you are booking your entrance to the llaqta.

Now there is also another option is that you can stay in hostels that are very basic but can get you out of trouble, but these also stop full in case it is high season, so it is best to make your reservations in advance.

My Recommendations

Day 14: Ollantaytambo - Pisac

Well, after having visited one of the 7 wonders of the world Machu Picchu we returned to Cusco, but first we visited Ollantaytambo and Pisac, these are places that we have yet to visit.

What to see and do in Ollantaytambo - Pisac?

This time we will have breakfast in one of the restaurants in this town and then continue our journey to the city of Cusco;

Each site that I managed to visit was quite surprising, as each one of them is clear evidence of its importance within the Inca culture.

Where to eat?

In these places there are several places, in which they sell various gastronomic options made from quinoa, huancaína potato, trout ceviche, among other dishes. You can find them normally in Ollantaytambo and Pisac, so do not despair.

Where to stay?

There are different services provided by the hotels, there are five to three star hotels and they provide a differentiated service, there are also hostels that are very basic where you can only stay overnight and that's it, unlike the five or three star hotel they provide breakfast, some lunch, this will depend on your reservation.

Another place that attracts attention in Ollantaytambo are the completely transparent hanging hotels, consisting of capsule type rooms that are at a certain height and have a privileged view of the city;

Also here they give you breakfast, lunch depending on the reservation you made, an additional fact to stay here is booked months in advance, as there are only a few capsules, the only way to get there is ascending a ladder and harness, it is really for those who are not afraid of heights and loves adventures. 

My Recommendations

Day 15: Attractions to visit

Well this day you decide which place to visit, here I bring you more options where you can go, in my case I had the opportunity to travel to two of them, however, I leave you these short routes that are usually done in one day.

What to see and do in Cusco?

During the journey, you pass through several villages until you reach Pampachiri, where the checkpoint is, from there you have to climb for an hour and a half (depending on your pace) until you reach the Seven Colors Mountain, in case you can not get to walk you can rent a horse up to a certain part and from there you have to climb. The return is the same hike.

The road is wonderful, plus you are at an altitude of over 5000 meters, so be careful, go at your own pace.

Once we arrived at Palcoyo, having taken several photos for the memory, we return to the transport where we are waiting for us, it is a short but very beautiful trip;

The whole route is very beautiful, we only arrive by car to a certain point (Soraypampa) and from there we start to climb all the way that will take us at least 1 hour and a half or more; this will depend on the physical you have, the route is very nice, it is temperate and the landscape itself is very nice, now if you want to stay you can do it in the hotels that are along the way, but these are prior reservation.

Now once you get to the turquoise waters you will be amazed by so much beauty that you have in front of you, I would not know how to explain that feeling, but I recommend you to visit it and surprise yourself.

Where to eat?

In any of these cases the tourist agencies are in charge of giving you breakfast and lunch, usually before going up to the mountains or the lagoon you have breakfast in a restaurant in town, once you have had breakfast you just go up or walk to the attractive site.

The same, when we finished our tour we started to descend and you have lunch in the same place where you had breakfast or by agreement you can go to another place, so if you go with an agency do not worry about them organizing your food.

Now, if you went on your own, there are places that offer breakfast and lunch, so there would be no problem. But I recommend that you travel with a tourist agency.

My Recommendations

I conclude my two-week trip through the best places of this wonderful country, every place, every road, every landscape, every moment was unique and magical at the same time; I must thank the travel agency Tierra de los Andes who helped me to make this trip throughout the country a reality, without them I would not have been able to get to know every corner.

I continue with my adventure to know other attractions, but I will not fail to say that I have to return to this beautiful country, because I consider that I have to visit more corners, places to explore for the moment this is a small part of my experience that I lived in Peru.

They are unique memories and I know that if I return they will be different, because each place offers us a different sensation, it is never the same. I leave sad and happy at the same time, I would have liked to know more, but it is a commitment to return again.