Welcome to Peru, a country full of diverse and mesmerizing destinations! Whether you’re an adventurer seeking the thrill of the Andes, an archaeology enthusiast marveling at ancient ruins, or a community-minded traveler looking to connect with locals and learn about Peruvian culture, Peru’s destinations have something to offer every type of traveler.
Our design team has carefully crafted sustainable tours that delve into the magic of Peru, taking you on an unforgettable journey through its many regions. From the lush Amazonian forests to the captivating Sacred Valley, and the awe-inspiring Peruvian Andes to the pristine Pacific Coast and desert regions, we’ve got you covered.
Our platform offers handpicked RESPONSible excursions available for direct booking, but if you crave a truly personalized experience, our travel designers can craft a custom itinerary tailored to your desires.
No matter what you choose, this Destinations section will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision on where to go and ignite your wanderlust. So get ready to discover the destinations of Peru with RESPONSible Travel Peru!
Let’s start with the basics. What regions make up Peru and what are the main destinations to visit RESPONSibly?
This map displays the locations of the destinations where we currently offer excursions that can be booked directly on our platform. Of course, our custom itineraries can go wherever you need or want! (© d-maps)
The coast of Peru is a paradise for travelers! Its amazing gastronomy, archaeological sites and natural wonders will leave you astounded. From Lima’s vibrant culture to Paracas unique wildlife and Trujillo & Chiclayo’s ancient ruins – there’s something for everyone in this beautiful region.
You can find tours in the following destinations at the Coast of Peru: Lima, Paracas and Nazca in the south and Trujillo & Chiclayo in the north.
Discover the remarkable diversity of landscapes, cultures and archaeological sites in the Peruvian Andes. From dense forests to expansive grasslands, ranging from 2,000 to 7,000 meters in altitude, there is truly something for every traveler to enjoy.
Our Andean destinations include Arequipa & The Colca Canyon, Puno & Lake Titicaca, Cusco with the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and in the north Huaraz and Chachapoyas.
Peru boasts one of the world’s most biodiverse jungles. Explore it with us and experience this natural wonder! Enjoy sustainable lodges or go camping, take off with a canoe or on foot. Learn from local communities and help preserve this land’s beauty with us!
There are four main jungle destinations we offer: Puerto Maldonado and Manu in the south, Tarapoto and Iquitos in the north.
The south of Peru is full of incredible attractions and experiences that no first-time visitor to Peru should miss. From the impressive Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, to the colonial streets of Arequipa and the beautiful desert around Nazca, the south of Peru has something for everyone. With plenty of opportunities to support local communities, RESPONSible travel Peru helps you experience the best of Peru while making a positive difference.
Below you’ll find an introduction to every destination of Southern Peru: use the buttons to get more information either about the destination itself in our Destination Guides, or about the tours we offer there.
Do you prefer more off-the-beaten-path experiences? Then jump straight to lesser-visited Northern Peru!
Lima is renowned for its incredible gastronomy and home to three of the world’s top 50 restaurants. But the city also boasts a vibrant culture beyond food, with its UNESCO city center full of history, bustling markets showcasing the diverse Peruvian flavors, fishermen that’ll take you out to sea and community projects in the outskirts. For those interested in art, Lima’s streets are filled with vibrant street art!
It’s the perfect place to start an adventure in Peru.
Paracas is a stunning coastal town on the south coast of Peru, and an absolute paradise for nature and adventure lovers. Home to over 200 species of birds and 33 types of marine mammals, visitors can explore the region’s beauty while engaging in sustainable activities like bird-watching, kayaking and paddle-boarding.
Together with Ica and Nazca, it forms the “Southern Coast” or Sur Chico – a must-see destination for all passionate travelers out there!
Travel with RESPONS to discover the hidden gems of Nazca, Peru! Delve into the desert on foot for an amazing experience: encounter mummies in ancient cemeteries and meet friendly local farmers who still use the antique underground irrigation channels. You can now explore the famous Nazca Lines RESPONSibly – without taking a flight – thanks to new towers and lookout points. And why not take a bike tour along Nazca’s highlights like the Cantayoc aqueducts? Come explore this underrated destination for yourself!
Discover Arequipa, also known as the White City, nestled in the Peruvian Andes at 7,650 feet (2,335 m). Not only is it perfect for acclimatizing to the altitude, but it also boasts plenty of character and charm.
Our Arequipa day tours offer a deep dive into this unique destination’s history, culture, and captivating stories. From learning about the local way of life to tasting the exquisite gastronomy, the city of Arequipa is a must-visit for understanding Peru’s people and culture.
Experience the wonder of Peru’s Colca Canyon through the eyes of the locals. With RESPONSible Travel Peru, explore the terraces, catch sight of condors, and interact with welcoming communities for an authentic local experience. Skip the touristy capital of Chivay and explore further to find hidden gems like Coporaque where you can stay with host families and gain insight into their daily lives. Hike, horseback ride, or simply unwind in thermal baths for a truly unforgettable experience.
Community-Based Tourism brings you closer to the heart of Peru.
Experience Lake Titicaca’s authentic beauty with RESPONSible Travel Peru. Whether you seek a low, mid or high-budget tour, an active, relaxed or off-the-beaten-track experience, we have you covered. Our tours showcase the unique cultures of Lake Titicaca’s native communities, and provide a positive impact on its inhabitants.
Avoid touristy areas and explore the lake’s essence, and the traditional lifestyle of its communities. Join us for a peaceful, mindful, and unforgettable experience at one of Peru’s most incredible destinations.
Discover the magic of Cusco, Peru- the heart of the Inca Empire! Our tours allow you to explore its enchanting cobblestone streets, stunning architecture, and ancient culture. Get lost in the city’s historical charm while partaking in spiritual ceremonies with shamans, taking hikes in the surrounding mountains, or enjoying cooking classes.
With RESPONSible Travel Peru, experience the true essence of Cusco. Be prepared for breathtaking views that will leave you gasping (not just because of the altitude!)
The Sacred Inca Valley is more than just a route to Machu Picchu – it’s a destination, with stunning landscapes and ancestral communities.
With our Sacred Valley Tours, you can explore the fascinating local history, traditions, and living culture that make this region so special. Discover the vital role the valley played in Inca agriculture and ceremony, and experience the friendly climate that blesses this must-visit region. Travel beyond the tourist track with us and delve deeper into the extraordinary landscapes of the Sacred Inca Valley.
Discover the masterful engineering and architecture of the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Located 2,453 meters above sea level, it’s an extraordinary wonder in the heart of the mountains. As one of the main tourist attractions in Peru, every year millions of visitors are drawn to admire its impressive architecture, breathtaking scenery, and the energizing aura of its important ceremonial site.
RESPONSible Travel Peru offers alternative, authentic trips to Machu Picchu, like our famous Coffee Route. Book now to experience the magic of this historical gem like never before.
As you venture to the place where the Andes transform into the Amazon Basin, a paradise unlike any other emerges. Welcome to Manu National Park- an unparalleled ecological spectacle nestled in the heart of Peru and one of our most popular destinations.
High Andean and lowland forest ecosystems extend through the Manu Biosphere Reserve, home to species like the majestic harpy eagle, jaguars, and playful monkeys among towering 40m high trees. The black cayman and giant otters reign over rivers, while native communities continue to live in harmony with their environment. Explore Manu RESPONSibly – embracing ethical and sustainable travel and helping preserve this unique world treasure for generations to come.
Discover the Tambopata rainforest via Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to a biodiverse region that calls out to adventurers. RESPONS offers some unique sustainable excursions in the lush forests, rivers, and lakes that might include immersive interaction with locals and native communities, self-catering lodges, or scientific research centers, all supporting social and environmental causes.
With the convenient airport in Puerto Maldonado, it’s an easy yet unforgettable trip for nature lovers. Join RESPONS to delve into Tambopata rainforest ethically and responsibly.
Congratulations, adventurer! You’re thinking right by including Northern Peru on your itinerary. Huaraz and its spectacular mountains, Trujillo and Chiclayo with world-renowned archaeology, the lush forests and winding rivers of Tarapoto and Iquitos, and the remarkable Chachapoyas – all these gems await your discovery.
At RESPONSible Travel Peru, we offer a range of tours and excursions to guide you through these destinations. Check out our destination guides for your pre-travel research.
Thank you for venturing beyond southern Peru and helping sustain this remarkable region and its communities through sustainable tourism!
RESPONSible Travel Peru started in Huaraz and it remains close to our hearts. With breathtaking mountain hikes and authentic communities to explore, there’s something for everyone in this stunning region. While the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1970, the area around Huaraz is of unparalleled beauty thanks to Peru’s highest mountains.
Our tours in Huaraz, most involving hiking, range from traditional community-based tourism to our die-hard trekking series; but will always surprise you with their RESPONSible side. So get inspired by our excursions and pack your mountain boots for a one-of-a-kind trip to Huaraz!
Discover the best of Peru’s archaeological treasures on our Ruta Moche tours around Trujillo and Chiclayo. Marvel at the adobe city of Chan-Chan and the many Huacas, and delve into northern Peru’s ancient civilizations with our local guides. In addition, explore the unique flora and fauna of the Chaparrí Natural reserve, a dry forest area that offers unforgettable experiences to visitors.
Join RESPONSible Travel Peru for an adventure-filled journey into the heart of northern Peru.
(More tours will be added soon!)
Be stunned by the natural and archaeological wonders of northern Peru, particularly in the Utcubamba valley, where the city of Chachapoyas is located. Prepare to gaze in awe at the Gocta waterfall, Kuelap, and Karajía sarcophagi, which are just the tip of the iceberg. Numerous lesser-known sites await your discovery, such as Leymebamba, Milpuj, Revash or the Ocol palm forest. Visit the spots where Chachapoyas mummies were found: the Condors’ Lagoon.
It’s no wonder RESPONSible Travel members consider this the most beautiful region in Peru. Dare to explore and immerse yourself in Northern Peru’s stunning landscapes and cultural history.
Explore the diverse landscapes of Tarapoto and embrace an adventure to the unspoiled forests with RESPONSible Travel. Witness the upper and lower jungles, flora and fauna, and experience the jungle through the eyes of its inhabitants.
At the moment, only custom itineraries with a minimum 6-day duration for community-based adventures are available in Tarapoto. Stay tuned for our upcoming Tarapoto tours and let us know if you’re eagerly waiting. Thanks!
Discover the amazing Amazonian jungle, where the mighty rivers meet to craft the Amazon River. Visit Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian jungle, and explore the beautiful surrounding forests. Accessible only by plane or days of travel by boat from Pucallpa, Iquitos is a gateway to numerous protected areas such as the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
With many more lakes and inundated areas than the southern jungles, the Iquitos area offers easy exploration of its diverse landscapes and wildlife, especially during the rainy season. Join RESPONSible Travel Peru for an unforgettable adventure in the Amazonian jungle around Iquitos!