Northern Peru
November 26 - December 8, 2018

In cooperation with Embolo Foundation

From Lima to Islas Ballestas, Huancayo to Peru's wild north around Chachapoyas. A photo travel to one of the most colorful countries, documenting and supporting humanitarian projects.

A unique opportunity to experience humanitarian NGO projects as well as lesser known cultural highlights and spectacular landscapes.

Humanitarian Photo Travel
From Lima to Chachapoyas
  • Day 1

    International flights to Lima.

    Overnight in Lima.

  • Day 2

    We spend the full day in Lima where we can do some sightseeing in the historical center with its characteristic colonial constructions, in addition to the Churches of the Baroque style, the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral, the Palace of the government and the Palazzo Municipale. We will also visit the district of Miraflores and we walk around in Barranco, the artistic quarter of Lima.

    We will visit also the Orphanage of Mahanaim to learn about some of the projects the Embolo Foundation supports in Peru.

  • Day 3

    Early in the morning we have our transfer to Paracas where we get on a boat to see Perus’ “Little Galapagos”, the Islas Ballestas. On the island you can spot Sea lIons and other wildlife. In the evening, we head to Pisco where we will stay overnight and indulge in their signature cocktail, the Pisco Sour.

  • Day 4

    Transfer from Pisco to San Pedro de Saño in Huancayo where we can visit the Orphanage and projects of Embolo Foundation. Overnight stay

  • Day 5

    Full day in San Pedro de Saño in Huancayo with the Orphanage and the projects of Embolo Foundation.

  • Day 6

    Today, if everybody agrees, we can take a break from the city life and head to the close by Cerro Jallacate/ Nevado-de-Huaytapallana, one of the peaks in the andes with a nice mountain lake to take some beautiful images. Overnight in Huancayo.

  • Day 7

    Full day in San Pedro de Saño in Huancayo with the Orphanage and the projects of Embolo Foundation.

  • Day 8

    Full day in San Pedro de Saño in Huancayo with the Orphanage and the projects of Embolo Foundation.

  • Day 9

    Today we take a plane to Tarapoto or Chiclayo, where we board the bus to arrive in Chachapoyas, where we can relax from the travel.

  • Day 10

    We will discover the area of Chachapoyas, visit ancient ruins, the Kuelap fortress, the Gocta waterfalls, the Quiocta caves, the sarcophagi of Karajia or the well of Yanayacu. We will decide together with the group about when to do what.

  • Day 11

    We will discover the area of Chachapoyas, visit ancient ruins, the Kuelap fortress, the Gocta waterfalls, the Quiocta caves, the sarcophagi of Karajia or the well of Yanayacu. We will decide together with the group about when to do what.

  • Day 12

    Last day in Chachapoyas and transfer to Lima.

  • Day 13

    Time to leave Peru. Transfer to the airport and international flights home.

Peru offers breathtaking landscapes, historic monuments, cultural highlights at every corner as well as amazing humanitarian experiences.

On this travel, you will experience the immense biodiversity of Peru. The third biggest country in South America and the oldest civilization of the Americas with well-preserved monuments from this ancient Empire.

The travel in cooperation with Embolo Foundation will take you from Lima to Peru’s version of Galapagos, the Islas Ballestas.
In the center of the country, you will visit the projects of Embolo Foundation in Huancayo where you can also spot the peaks of some of the mountains of the andes. From Huancayo, a quick air and bit less quick bus travel brings you to Chachapoyas, the amazonian andes, where you can learn about the traditional life of the “Warriors of the Clouds”. Here you will have a unique experience, visiting the anthropormorphic sarcophagi built on a narrow cliff ledge, amazing waterfalls, caves or fortresses.

You will also visit the historic city of Lima and at the same time get to know humanitarian NGO Projects in the suburbs, trying to help the poorest people and children.

All our tours have been carefully planned, through locations and places we know, to arrive at the right time in the right place to capture images of landscapes, monuments, faces, scenes of everyday life and events.

The tours are led by a team of Professional Photographers and Tour guides who have a deep knowledge of the destinations included within our tours. Our Photographers and Tour Leaders have established friendships and relationships with local people in many of the towns and villages on travel routes.

Thanks to the small size of our groups, you will have the opportunity to experience the places we visit at a level that is not possible with a larger group or with a classic Peru tour. Off the beaten track: visit remote villages, stroll through hidden alleyways, attend religious ceremonies, enter the houses, small markets and places of worship.

Immerse yourself totally in a culture different from ours. The size of our groups is limited to a maximum of 12 people in order to give the maximum of technical support and the best cultural experience.

November 26 – December 8, 2018
From 4 to 6 participants
  • Single supplement
    € 400,00
  • Insurance
    € 150,00
  • International/Domestic flights not included
From 7 to 9 participants
  • Single supplement
    € 400,00
  • Insurance
    € 150,00
  • International/Domestic flights not included
From 10 to12 participants
  • Single supplement
    € 400,00
  • Insurance
    € 150,00
  • International/Domestic flights not included

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

The participation fees include:

  • Transfers

    All transfers in private vehicles (car, minivan or minibus, concerning the number of participants) with air condition and driver.

  • Accomodation

    Accommodation in double/twin rooms with or near the local NGO partner

  • Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    Meals as indicated in the itinerary, with our NGO partner or in local restaurants.

  • Professional Photographers

    Professional NGO Photographers, experienced in the humanitarian field, will accompany the group for the whole travel.

  • International/Domestic Flights

    Return flights from any Worldwide main airports, economy class. We can offer best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the enquiry form.

  • International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage

    All Participants in a Cause Photo Travels tours are required to have sufficient Medical Travel Insurance. Cause Photo Travels refuses participation of travel if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased with Cause Photo Travels and RAPTIM. Please visit the Medical and Travel insurance page.

    Each participant hereby confirms that they understand and agree to purchase the required insurance listed below, that is valid internationally, and that they will be required to provide proof prior to departure for the Trip and in order to participate.

    Required Coverage:

    • Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage (minimum $100,000 USD)
    • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains (minimum $200,000 USD)
    • Accidental Death / Dismemberment
    • Trip Cancellation Coverage

    Suggested Additional Coverage:

    • Hospital Room and Board
    • Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
    • Trip Delay / Interruption
    • Visitor to Bedside

    We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out travel insurance that covers the full value of the Trip and personal effects in the case of Trip cancellation, loss or theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. The Tour Operators their owners, agents and subsidiaries will not be held responsible for these expenses. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short the Trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum of the amount paid (see the section “Deposits, Payments, Cancellations and Refunds” in the terms and conditions above).

    Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut the Trip short for medical or any other reasons.

    There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, we recommend that you read carefully the fine print of your insurance policy.

  • Snacks & Drinks outside of normal meals

    Please consider a little amount for some personal snacks or drinks along the way.

  • Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops etc.

    Tips are not covered by the participation fee. Please read the “What to bring” section to check for tipping guidelines.

  • Personal transfers to your departure airport

    Personal transfers / train tickets to and from your departure airport are not covered by the participation fee.

Country Information
  • The country

    Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Peru is an extremely biodiverse country with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west to the peaks of the Andes mountains vertically extending from the north to the southeast of the country to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest in the east with the Amazon river.

  • Documents required

    Citizens of all countries within the European Union and Switzerland as well as the USA (and other countries) do NOT have to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate before entering Peru. A passport valid at least six months with at least 2 free pages in the visa section is enough to get a Tourist Visa directly at the border or the airport.

  • Currency

    Since 1991 the Nuevo Sol is Peru’s currency. The International code for the Peruvian currency Nuevo Sol (S/.) is PEN

  • Credit cards

    Visa, Master Card and Diners Club, are welcome in Peru. However not every establishment accepts all of them.

    You can redeem travelers checks at most banks, but you will get lower exchange rates and be charged a comission. Do not  use travelers checks in Peru, as many places do not accept them. Only the owner of the traveller check can cash it at a bank, no endorsements are allowed.

  • Language

    The official language in Peru is Spanish, but Quecha and Aymara are also official. And there is a large number of indigenous Amazonian languages widely spoken.

  • Health

    Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

  • Vaccinations

    No health certificates or vaccinations are officially required. If you travel to the amazon area or jungle of Peru, it is advisable to get vaccinated against the yellow fever.

  • Time Zone

    The time zone is Peru is -5 GMT during all year in the entire country

  • Plugs, sockets and electricity

    In Peru the power sockets are of type A and C (Europlug). The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

  • Phone, Smartphone and local carriers

    Movistar and Claro are the largest operators, followed by Entel and Bitel.

  • Religion

    Peru is a naturally religious country: a diversity of beliefs and freedom of worship can be seen from the wide range of festivals and rituals that feature both Catholic fervor and the mysticism of age-old pre-Hispanic cultures. An 89, 03% of the population are Catholics, 6,73% Evangelical, a 2,56% profess other religions and 1,65% are atheists.

  • Safety

    Travelers may experience periodic protests, thefts and bus drivers who act as if every bend in the road should be assaulted at Autobahn speeds. Certainly, the country is not for the faint of heart. As with every other place on earth, a little common sense goes a very long way.

The climate of Peru is very diverse, with a large variety of climates and microclimates, including 30 of the 32 world climates. Such a diversity is chiefly conditioned by the presence of the Andes mountains and the cold Humboldt Current

The climate on the coast is arid and semi-arid with high temperatures and very little rainfall. The Andes mountains observe a cool-to-cold climate with rainy summers and very dry winter. The eastern lowlands present an Equatorial climate with hot weather and rain distributed all year long.

Low Season (Dec–Feb)
Rainy season in the highlands The Inca Trail closes during February for clean up High season for the coast and beach activities Very rainy in the Amazon, lasting through May

Shoulder (Sep–Nov & Mar–May)
Spring and fall weather in the highlands Ideal for less-crowded visits September to November for good rainforest trekking

High Season (Jun–Aug)
Dry season in Andean highlands and eastern rainforest Best time for festivals and highland sports, including treks Busiest time due to North American and European holidays

Weather Forecast

As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that Cause Photo Travels will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas. All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket or proof of other means of transport enabling the traveller to leave the country in which our tour passes or terminates. You should also have proof of sufficient funds (e.g. credit card) to see you through your time in the country. In some cases visas are available on entry into a country and may be cheaper to do so, however for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Cause Photo Travels will always advise you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.

What to bring
  • Camera

    You can bring whatever camera you wish, but we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless digital cameras. Make sure you are familiar with your camera, as with some scenarios you will encounter, you will have to work fast in order to not miss a picture.

  • Memory Cards

    Memory cards for your cameras may not be available at every stop of the travel, so make sure you bring enough memory cards with you.

  • Batteries

    Without Batteries, you will not be able to get any pictures. So make sure you bring spare batteries for your camera and a charger. Charging will be possible at the hotels.

  • Backup

    Backups are essential. Cameras, harddrives and memory cards may break or get stolen. Make sure you bring enough Backup for the travel.

  • Accessories

    If you want to bring accessories, please consider the weight of your luggage. We usually use available light, but it could be useful to bring GND filters or a light travel tripod. Make sure, all accessories work with your camera.

  • Clothing

    It’s best to dress in layers that can be shed as the day really heats up. Light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it’s hot, and doesn’t retain odours – even after prolonged wear. At the high altitudes of Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, the temperature can plummet at night so a fleece is key.

  • Wind & waterproof

    It is recommended to bring light wind- and waterproof jacket.

  • Laundry

    Laundry service may be available in bigger villages or hotels, but if you need washing, please bring ecofriendly detergent to hand wash your clothes.

  • Mosquitos

    Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

  • Drinking Water

    Tap water is not drinking water. You can bring your own bottle and filter system and buy big water gallons along the way to refill your bottle.

  • Tipping

    All purchases are subject to the payment of taxes and it is rate is 18%. The services of restaurants and hotels have in addition a service tax with a 10% rate. Taxis are not commonly tipped in Peru. You will negotiate the price with your driver, which will be the total. At Hotels, tipping can be between 1-10 Soles while Tour Guides usually take between 10-35 Soles/day.

  • Daypack

    Bring a light daypack, suitable to carry your cameras for shorter trips in order to avoid bringing your complete camera backpack every time.

With this travel you will support a local project in Peru managed by our NGO Partner Embolo Foundation
+39 338 6566025 [Italy]
+41 76 565 35 01 [Switzerland]
November 26 – December 8, 2018
As stated in the itinerary
Starting from € 2.900,00
Minimum of 4 – Maximum of 12 participants
Professional Photographers & Tour Leaders
A professional photographer and a dedicated Tour Leader will accompany the group for the whole travel.
Double rooms with private bathrooms unless stated otherwise
Full board
International/Domestic Flights
Not Included. We can offer best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the enquiry form.
Payment Details
30% at registration – The rest 40 days prior to departure
Tour Operator
RAPTIM – Humanitarian Travels