Peru is a country that needs no introduction. From the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu to the bustling city streets of Lima, this South American gem offers travelers an endless array of cultural experiences and natural wonders. In this travel blog post, I’ll take you on a journey through Peru’s most iconic destinations while providing budget-friendly tips for each leg of your trip.

Made it to the top of the Rainbow Mountain, at 5,100m. above sea level!

Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) is famous for its series of stripes of various colors due to its mineralogical composition on the slopes and summits. The mountain used to be covered by glacier caps, but these melted due to climate change


2 weeks are enough time to visit peninsular Malaysia, but you’d want to add a few days more if you want to go to Borneo too.

Day 1 – Welcome to Lima, the capital of Peru

Your adventure will begin in Lima – Peru’s vibrant capital city. Spend your first day exploring the colonial architecture and sampling some local cuisine in Miraflores. Spend the afternoon exploring the colourful and artsy Barranco neighbourhood.

Day 2 – The Paracas National Reserve, the Ballestas Islands, and desert fun in Huacachina

Leaving Lima behind, we embark on an exciting adventure to the Paracas National Reserve, a coastal desert teeming with wildlife and natural wonders. A boat ride takes us to the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as the “Galapagos of Peru.” Here, we witness the dramatic cliffs and encounter a plethora of marine creatures, including sea lions, penguins, and an array of seabirds. The untouched beauty of this wildlife sanctuary leaves us in awe.

The drive from Lima to the Ballestas Islands harbour is around 3 hours. The boat tour around the Ballestas islands takes around 2 hours.

And from the sea to the desert! Have lunch in the Paracas National Reserve and drive to Huacachina, an oasis in the desert, where you can do some fun sandboarding in the dunes!

At night take a night bus to Arequipa (take the comfort option, is very very comfortable). The drive is around 13 hours.

Day 3 – Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Our journey continues to Arequipa, a city nestled in the shadow of the mighty Misti volcano. This charming colonial gem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its breathtaking architecture and rich cultural heritage. As we stroll through the narrow streets of the historic center, admiring the intricate facades of the Santa Catalina Monastery and the grandeur of the Plaza de Armas, we feel transported back in time.

Make sure to enjoy sunset from one of the terraces of the main square!

Day 4 – Chivay and the Colca Canyon Trekking

We venture towards Chivay, a gateway to the magnificent Colca Canyon. Here, we embark on an exhilarating high-altitude trek, surrounded by stunning panoramic views. As we hike through rugged terrain, we catch glimpses of the majestic Andean condors soaring gracefully overhead. The sheer immensity of the Colca Canyon and its breathtaking vistas leave us humbled and inspired. And what a better way to end the hike than going to some thermal baths?

Mirador del Condor is at 4,910m above sea level so altitude sickness may kick in, make sure to drink plenty of water and tea.

Day 5 – Lake Titicaca & Luquina homestay

Heading towards the mystical Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, we find ourselves immersed in a land of ancient legends and traditions. From Lagunillas, a stop on the way, we are rewarded with a mesmerizing view of the sparkling blue waters and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. The tranquillity and spiritual energy of this sacred lake provide a serene escape from the outside world.

When we get to Puno, on the shore of the lake, we will take a boat to Luquina, where we will spend some time with the locals in a homestay project.

Day 6 – Exploring the Uros Islands and Taquile

A boat ride takes us to the fascinating Uros Islands, where the indigenous Uros people have created floating islands using totora reeds. We learn about their unique way of life and their incredible craftsmanship. Continuing our journey, we visit the picturesque island of Taquile, renowned for its vibrant textiles and traditional Quechuan culture. We embrace the warmth and hospitality of the locals, leaving with cherished memories.

Day 7 – Trekking to the Rainbow Mountain

Our adventure continues as we embark on a trek to the awe-inspiring Rainbow Mountain. As we ascend, the landscape transforms into a surreal tapestry of vibrant hues, revealing the natural wonders of the Vinicunca Mountain. The breathtaking beauty of this geological marvel makes every step of the challenging hike worthwhile. Continuing our journey, we make our way to Cuzco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire.

Day 8 – Cuzco – Discovering the City

Immersing ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Cuzco, we explore its narrow cobblestone streets, adorned with impressive Inca stone walls and Spanish colonial architecture. We visit the iconic Qorikancha, the Temple of the Sun, which stands as a testament to the fusion of Inca and Spanish cultures. As we wander through the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas and interact with local artisans, we feel the heartbeat of this cultural hub.

Day 9 – The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today, we venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a place of profound spiritual significance. We visit the ancient ruins of Pisac and marvel at the breathtaking terraces and panoramic views. We explore the vibrant markets, where we have the opportunity to purchase beautiful handicrafts created by local communities. Our journey also takes us to the remarkable archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, an extraordinary testament to Inca engineering prowess.

Day 10 – Machu Picchu – On the Top of the Mountain

The pinnacle of our adventure arrives as we set foot in the legendary ruins of Machu Picchu. The mystical atmosphere envelops us as we witness the majestic citadel nestled amidst the mist-covered mountains. Exploring this ancient wonder, we unravel the secrets of the Inca civilization, marveling at the precision of the stonework and the spiritual significance of this extraordinary place. As the sun sets, we find a quiet spot to reflect on the awe-inspiring beauty of Machu Picchu.

Day 11 – Back to Lima

As our journey nears its end, we bid farewell to the wonders of Peru’s past and present. Returning to Lima, we take one last stroll along the scenic waterfront of Miraflores, savoring the coastal breeze and reminiscing about the remarkable experiences we have had over the past two weeks. We raise our glasses to toast the memories made and the friendships forged along this unforgettable journey.

Day 12 – Time to Say Goodbye

With a heavy heart, we prepare to depart from Peru, a country that has touched our souls and left an indelible mark on our spirits. As we board our flights home, we carry with us the memories of vibrant cities, ancient ruins, picturesque landscapes, and the warm smiles of the Peruvian people. Peru, with its history, culture, and natural wonders, will forever hold a special place in our hearts, beckoning us to return someday and continue our exploration of this extraordinary land.

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Peru is a cheap country. Street food is incredibly good and sit-down restaurants are very affordable (although serving times are slow).

Accommodation is also inexpensive. Local buses are pretty cheap.

Altitude sickness is very common in Peru and one contributing factor is alcohol, so you can save some money if you’re not going to be drinking ?

Return flights

You will find better deals if you do a layover in Colombia or Spain.


Travel Insurance

Remember to always have your insurance when you travel. I normally get an annual MultiTrip so it covers me all year round.



This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for 12 days, as well as all refreshments and snacks.


Local Transport

This included shared UBER to/from the airport, private van with driver for part of the itinerary, local bus tickets, ferries, train to Macchu Picchu and shared Ubers for 12 days.



2 or 3 star hotels in double rooms


Entry fees & Excursions

Entrance to monuments, sandboarding in Huacachina, Ballestas Islands boat tour, Rainbow Mountain guided excursion, Colca Canyon guided excursion, Macchu Picchu guided tour...