Photo Travel | Peru North

November 26-December 8, 2018 / October 21-31, 2019

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

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 who, after traveling long in Southeast Asia and with dozens of experiences along the routes of our tours, 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 Cambodia 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.

The travel is open to everyone, with or without a camera, who wants to experience a unique travel off the beaten track, with a classic itinerary but also far away from the usual tourist routes.




  • Distances75%

Road Conditions

  • Road conditions70%

Fitness Level

  • Fitness Level 50%


  • Climate80%

Hotel Standard

  • Hotel Standard60%

Meal variety

  • Meal variety50%


Travel dates

Travel prices


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

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.

What's excluded
International/Domestic Flights
Return flights from any Worldwide main airports, economy class. We can offer the best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the inquiry 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 and gratuities
Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops, museums entrances, photo fees, parks fees, etc. 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.


  • Day 1 – Lima

    International flights, Arrival in Lima. Overnight in Lima.
  • Day 2 – Lima

    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 – Ballestas Islands & Pisco

    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 – Huancayo

    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 – Huancayo

    Full day in San Pedro de Saño in Huancayo with the Orphanage and the projects of Embolo Foundation.
  • Day 6 – Cerro Jallacate

    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 – Huancayo

    Full day in San Pedro de Saño in Huancayo with the Orphanage and the projects of Embolo Foundation.
  • Day 8 – Huancayo

    Full day in San Pedro de Saño in Huancayo with the Orphanage and the projects of Embolo Foundation.
  • Day 9 – Chachapoyas

    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 – Chachapoyas

    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 – Chachapoyas

    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 – Chachapoyas to Lima

    Last day in Chachapoyas and transfer to Lima.
  • Day 13 – Lima

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


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.

Required documents
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..

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..

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

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.

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 in 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.

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.

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 Season (Sep-Nov & Mar-May) (cool):
Spring and fall weather in the highlands. Ideal for less-crowded visits, September to November for good rainforest trekking. (80-95.F)

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.


Photo Equipment
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.

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.

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

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.

Accessories / 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 a light wind- and waterproof jacket.

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

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.

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.

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



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