Highlights of Peru & Bolivia

Duration

15 days

Guaranteed

2 travellers

Group size

16 travellers

Price

From AUD $ 6,429

WHAT TO EXPECT

Travel the highlights of Peru and Bolivia in 15 days. Marvel at the 15th century Inca citadel Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, get to know the former Inca capital Cuzco, take trips to the famous Uyuni Salt Flats and the archaeological site of Tiwanaku. Dive into the ancient history and wonder at the breathtaking landscape these two countries have to offer!

Itinerary

Welcome to Peru! Land at Lima International Airport. Transfer to your hotel on your own (a private transfer can be arranged against surcharge). Overnight at your hotel in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. Half day Lima city tour: discover Lima’s Cathedral, the Government Palace and the San Francisco Convent among many other impressive colonial buildings. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Meet and greet your local host and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Cuzco.

Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Guided tour of Lima
  • Join a full day visit to the Sacred Valley. Drive from Cuzco to the village of Pisac, which is famous for its market with its many indigenous Quechua communities meeting to sell and trade their goods. Then visit Pisac Ruins. Transfer to Ollantaytambo, a fortified city built during the reign of Pachacutec, the most powerful Inca emperor. Take the train to Aguas Calientes and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Visit of Pisac
  • Visit of Ollantaytambo
  • After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the bus station to hop on a bus to the entrance of the archaeological site. Marvel at the 15th century Inca citadel Machu Picchu during a half day tour. The abandoned stronghold was rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, and the citadel is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the end of the tour, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes before you board the train to the Sacred Valley, then transfer to Cuzco. Overnight at your hotel in Cuzco.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Unique – Visit of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a day at leisure or join one of the optional excursions (against surcharge).

    Option 1: Rainbow Mountain Trek
    Trek to the top of Vinicunca Mountain, which reaches 5200m in altitude and is a colourful display of golds, reds and turquoises (duration: 6-7 hours). We will leave very early from your hotel to go to Checacupe then Pitumarka by bus. After breakfast, we start the trek and will cross impressive landscapes with small lagoons. After a 3-hour walk, we will take the road back to Cusco and have a break to enjoy a delicious and local meal.

    Option 2: Mountain Bike in the Sacred Valley
    After breakfast, leave for the Cruz Pata hamlet in your private vehicle. As you get closer, you’ll see the characteristic landscapes of the Chinchero flatlands. Arrive in Cruz Pata, and after a safety briefing, start riding on the gravel path. The scattered houses are quickly left behind in place of snowy peaks of the Urubamba Cordillera. As you navigate ups and downs on the paths, you’ll reach the circle terraces of Moray. According to archaeologists, the site of Moray was an Inca agricultural laboratory. Ride downhill to the small town of Maras, where you’ll have lunch at the main square. Then bike down to the salt ponds on a more technical path. Avid riders can complete the tour on a steep downhill to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    Note: These tours are year-round, but we do not recommend them during the rainy season (between December and March)

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Optional tours
  • See some of the highlights during a half-day city tour. First you will visit Plaza Mayor and the San Pedro local market before you get to the most important Inca temple in the city – the Qoricancha or Sun Temple. “The Gold Precinct,” as it was known, was a sacred place in which people honoured the most important Inca god, the INTI. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Cuzco.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Guided city tour of Cuzco
  • After breakfast you will take the bus from Cuzco to Puno with visits enroute. First stop is the incredible church of San Pedro Apostol of Andahuaylillas, also known as the Andean Sistine Chapel. Continue to Raqchi, a former Inca stronghold on the edge of the Empire that served administrative, economic and military purposes and hosted the unique Temple of Wiracocha. Lunch stop at a buffet restaurant. The third stop is La Raya Pass, the highest point on the journey at 14,222 feet (4335 m). Finally, stop at the lithic museum of Pukara. Overnight at your hotel in Puno.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Spiritual – Stop at the church of San Pedro Apostol of Andahuaylillas
  • Stop at Raqchi
  • Stop at La Raya Pass
  • Visit of the lithic museum of Pukara
  • A 30-minute boat ride takes you to Uros, which is inhabited by Uros-Aymara families who still follow their venerable traditions, like fishing and hunting. Then, discover the island of Taquile where the friendly Taquileños have maintained their customs and traditional agricultural techniques. Traditional lunch included. Return to Puno in the afternoon. Overnight at your hotel in Puno.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Social – Visit of the islands of Uros
  • Social – Discover the island of Taquile
  • Transfer to Desaguadero and cross the border with a Bolivian guide in a private vehicle, moving towards Tiwanaku. Recognized as one of 754 World Heritage Sites and considered the Stonehenge of America, Tiwanaku is one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire. Visit the Museo Cerámico (Museum of Ceramics), then see the Temple of Kalasasaya at the Tiwanaku complex, and locate the famous Puerta del Sol (Door of the Sun) and The Pyramid of Akapana. Depart for La Paz in a private vehicle. Overnight at your hotel in La Paz.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Unique – Visit of Tiwanaku
  • Visit of the Museo Cerámico
  • Visit of the Temple of Kalasasaya
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Uyuni (flight not included). Upon arrival in Uyuni, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Uyuni.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • After breakfast depart for the renowned Uyuni Salt Flats. The Salt Flats of Uyuni were once part of a prehistoric inland sea called Lake Minchin, which included most of southwestern Bolivia. With more than 12,000 km2 in land area, it’s considered the largest salt desert in the world. Observe the process of extraction and refinement of salt. Visit Incahuasi Island, home of the Inca in Quechua. Take a lunch break before you depart for San Pedro de Quemez (194 km). Overnight in San Pedro de Quemez.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Unique – Excursion to Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Visit of the Incahuasi Island
  • After breakfast visit of Pueblo Quemado (burned village). Then depart for Salar de Chiguana and visit Mirador de Ollague Volcano, which stands at 5868 meters above sea level. Afterwards depart for Jewels of the Andes, in which the lagoons are named Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiari Khota, and Honda. Enjoy a picnic lunch during your excursion. In the afternoon visit of Paseo del Leon (Pass of the Lion) and Siloli Desert. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Visit of Pueblo Quemado
  • Mirador de Ollague Volcano (5868m)
  • Unique – Excursion to the Jewels of the Andes
  • Visit of the Paseo del Leon (Pass of the Lion)
  • Visit of Siloli Desert
  • Start your day with an excursion to the Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve in South Lipez with a visit of the Red Lagoon, located at an altitude of 4,278 meters above sea level. Marvel at Sol de Mañana (Sun of Tomorrow), a geothermal area dotted with geysers and fumaroles. See the thermal waters of Polkes, then visit the Salvador Dali Desert. Enjoy a picnic lunch during your excursion. Afterwards depart for the Green Lagoon. Private transportation back to Uyuni and arrival at the bus station in order to take your night bus to La Paz. Overnight in the bus.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Excursion to the Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve
  • Upon arrival to the bus station in La Paz, transfer to your hotel (early check-in included). Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to explore La Paz or join an optional excursions (available against surcharge). Overnight at your hotel in La Paz.

    Optional excursion: La Paz City Tour
    La Paz is a stunning city that is spread out over a natural basin and descends from the altiplano towards the high valleys of the Andes. Depart for Plaza Murillo, La Paz’s main square for governmental and legislative functions. Visit the Witches Market (Mercado de las Brujas), then visit the Church of San Francisco. Depart for Moon Valley (about 5 Km from central La Paz), which famously receives its name from Neil Armstrong’s visit in 1969 after he played golf nearby. Arrive at Moon Valley and choose one of two trails: one is 30-45 min long and the other is 1.5-2 hours. Meals not included. Depart for La Paz in a private vehicle.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Optional excursion
  • Check out from your hotel after breakfast. A transfer to El Alto International Airport can be organized against surcharge.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Highlights of Peru & Bolivia

    Inclusions

    • Insider Experiences

      Social - Visit of the islands of Uros
      Social - Discover the island of Taquile
      Spiritual - Stop at the church of San Pedro Apostol of Andahuaylillas
      Unique - Visit of Machu Picchu
      Unique - Excursion to Uyuni Salt Flats
      Unique - Excursion to the Jewels of the Andes

    • Accommodation

      13 nights in 3-4 star hotels
      1 overnight in a bus

    • Meals

      Daily breakfast
      5 Lunches
      2 Dinners

    • Transport

      Air-conditioned vehicle


    • Touring

      English speaking tour guide
      All entrance fees

    Departure dates & rates

    START DAYEND DAYPRICE TWIN ROOMPRICE SINGLE ROOM
    Friday, 10 November 2023Friday, 24 November 202364298289

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