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Peru & Bolivia

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GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 23 DAYS

Peru & Bolivia

Here you can find the day-to-day description for Peru & Bolivia

Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.

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There's plenty to do in this beautiful region. Select below or on the map opposite, the highlight you want to read more information about. Read through carefully and then go directly to the tour description.
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Lima

Lima

A visit of the colonial centre is surely worth your while. As is the presidential palace, where you can watch the daily changing of the guards. |Peru

Ica

Ica

In the town Ica you can visit the great ’Museo Regional de Ica’ , with precious treasures from the Paracas-, Nazca- and Inca culture. |Peru

Nazca

Nazca

The Nazca lines are one of the biggest mysteries in the world. These huge drawings were made between 900 AC and 600 BC on the wide, flat pampa at Nazca. |Peru

Arequipa

Arequipa

Visit the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa that treats you to a fantastic view of the volcano El Misti. |Peru

Chivay

Chivay

Chivay is situated in a big canyon in South- Peru. Visit the local hot springs and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere on the central square.|Peru

Puno

Puno

Puno lays in the centre of the altiplano. Stroll the Mercado Central and climb the viewpoint Mirador Kuntur Wasi. |Peru

La Paz

La Paz

La Paz is a city that never gets boring. The city is rich in culture and has many sights to offer. Go on a special excursion to the highest ski run in the world, Chacaltaya. |Bolivia

Uyuni

Uyuni

Uyuni is a small village at the edge of the wide salt plains. A visit of Salar de Uyuni is not to be missed. |Peru

Potosi

Potosi

The city Potosí is known for the ‘rich mountain’, the Cerro Rico. A real must is a visit of the silver mines. |Bolivia

Copacabana

Copacabana

Copacabana is a big city at the Titicaca Lake in Bolivia. From here you can take a boat to the Isla del Sol, the holy Inca island. |Bolivia

Cuzco

Cuzco

The Inca capital Cuzco was the centre of the world for the Incas. Stroll through the ancient streets and alleys and visit the impressive cathedral of Cuzco.|Peru

Aguas Calientes

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Lima Lima
2 Lima Lima
3 Bus Lima - Pisco - Ica (optional Ballestas isles) Ica
4 Bus Ica - Nazca Nazca
5 Public transport Nazca – Arequipa Arequipa
6 Arequipa Arequipa
7 Bus Arequipa - Chivay Chivay
8 Bus Chivay - Puno Puno
9 Puno Puno
10 Bus Puno - La Paz La Paz
11 La Paz La Paz
12 Bus La Paz - Uyuni Uyuni
13 Uyuni Uyuni
14 Bus Uyuni - Potosí Potosí
15 Bus Potosí - La Paz La Paz
16 Bus La Paz - Copacabana Copacabana
17 Bus Copacabana - Cuzco Cuzco
18 Cuzco Cuzco
19 Cuzco Cuzco
20 Train Cuzco - Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes
21 Train Aguas Calientes - Cuzco Cuzco
22 Cuzco Cuzco
23 Cuzco End of tour

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Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Peru!

Your tour starts in Lima, where you can use your hotel room from check in time (12.00 hrs at noon). Most of your travel companions will arrive later tonight, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will also meet your English speaking tour leader.

Day 2: Lima

Peru’s capital city Lima is famous for its many historic monuments, lively shopping streets and interesting restaurants where you can sample local cuisine.

The city centre around Plaza de Armas is full of old colonial buildings, palaces, churches, monasteries and museums, including the Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology. The Miraflores part of Lima has lovely arts and crafts shops and Parque Kennedy is a great place to relax, with its' array of pavement cafes.

Day 3: Lima - Pisco - Ica (optional Ballestas isles)

We travel from Lima to Pisco and further to Ica. Today you can join an optional boat excursion to the Ballestas Isles.

This archipelago is just half an hour away and is the habitat of thousands of sea lions, penguins, dolphins and even whales. While the sea lions are swimming around the boat you'll see the countless birds upon the rocks. Along the way you sail by the "Candelabra", a rock-hewn drawing whose meaning and origin is still unknown.

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Day 4: Ica - Nazca

Today our journey continues to Nazca, famous for its intriguing Nazca Lines, the origins and purpose of which remain a mystery. Just as amazing is the cemetery at Chauchilla, where sun-bleached Nazca skeletons guard their age-old resting place.

If you want to fly across the Nazca Lines you can do so in the morning (day 4), weather permitting.

Day 5: Nazca – Arequipa

After the morning at Nazca, we board the comfortable, public bus for our afternoon journey lasting nine and a half hours along the coast and through the mountains to Arequipa.

Day 6: Arequipa

Arequipa is a beautiful old colonial city, surrounded by volcanoes including the famous El Misti, which can be seen from Plaza de Armas. Although the city was founded by the Spanish Conquistadors, many remains from pre-Inca and Incan times can still be found in and around the city. A variety of day trips are available however, the Santa Catalina convent in Arequipa is one of the most beautiful in the New World and is worth a visit. For 400 years nuns lived here in total isolation until 1970 when the convent was opened to the public. You can now wander for hours through its picturesque alleyways.

Visit the Museum of Sanctuaries Andinos and see the mummy of a young Inca girl, Juanita, who was sacrificed to the volcano to put it in a more favourable mood.

Day 7: Arequipa - Chivay

This morning we’ll travel to Colca Canyon National Park and cross the Andes. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the surrounding volcano peaks, journey through the pampas where vicuña graze and on past Andean settlements to the village of Chivay. Relax after your long journey in the hot thermal springs nearby. Entrance fee for the National Park Colca Canyon is included.

Day 8: Chivay - Puno

Our visit to the “Cruz del Condor” with its splendid view of the Colca Canyon is one of the highlights of our journey and if you’re lucky you may catch sight of the majestic condor floating on the thermals. We will also visit some surrounding villages and continue in the afternoon to Puno on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake.

Day 9: Puno

Enjoy a second day exploring the area of Puno.

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Here you can stroll through town and shop at the colourful market and take a trip to the Uros and Taquile Islands. The 300 inhabitants of the Uros live on Lake Titicaca, on floating islands made of totora reeds. Their small houses and boat are also made out of reed and the largest island has two-storied houses and a school. The Indians on Isla Taquile are known for their weaving culture or alternatively you can visit the Sillustani Tombs, where the pre-Inca civilization Colla buried their dead in these towers.

Day 10: Puno - La Paz

We travel by bus along Lake Titicaca towards La Paz where, at the border, we transfer to a Bolivian bus that takes us via the ruins of Tiahuanacu to La Paz (entrance fee not included). The Tiahuanacu culture is one of the Andes’ great pre-Inca cultures but even now little is known about the people that built this grand ceremonial centre. We then continue on to La Paz.

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Day 11: La Paz

Today there is plenty of time to explore the narrow, steep streets that lead to an array of colonial buildings, churches, monasteries, market stalls and museums.

Pay a visit to the extraordinary Mercado de Hechicería or 'witch market', where traditionally dressed Aymara women, exhibit all kinds of miracle cures or visit a traditional Latin American graveyard on the edge of town. You can also take one of the many varied walks in and around La Paz, including the Valle de la Luna, the Muela del Diablo, and Chacaltaya Mountain.

Day 12: La Paz - Uyuni

Today you follow the road to Uyuni (3660 m). It's a long journey through a rugged and desolate landscape, which will take all day. By the time you arrive in Uyuni it is late into the evening. Uyuni is the starting point for an adventurous day trip through the salt lakes of Salar de Uyuni. The entrance fee for Salar de Uyuni is included.

Day 13: Uyuni

In the morning we set off across the plains of the Altiplano in our jeeps. The mighty peaks of the Andes can be seen in the distance as we head to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia’s largest saltpan. From here we will visit the Isla de Pescado, home of flamingos, alpacas and viscachas.

One of the major tourist attractions of the Uyuni area is an antique train cemetery. It is situated 3 km outside Uyuni and is connected to it by the old train tracks. The cemetery has been created as a result of the collapse of the mining industry in the 1940's, after which, many trains were just left abandoned.

Due to the altitude warm clothes are needed for this trip, including gloves and a hat. You may also want to consider wearing thermal underwear/leggings. The sunshine is intense so wear sunglasses and put on a good sun protection cream. You'll spend the evening in Uyuni again.

Day 14: Uyuni - Potosí

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It will take us 5 to 6 hours to get to Potosí, the legendary silver town and the world’s highest city. In the past there were hundreds of silver mines in Cerro Rico but it provides mainly tin and other metals. A visit to the mines is available (optional) but you will need to wear old clothes and bring a flashlight. Those who suffer from breathing or similar medical problems are strongly advised not to descend into the mines.

 In 1987, UNESCO proclaimed the city of Potosí a World Heritage Site for its tragic history and rich colonial architecture. The Casa Real de la Moneda where silver coins were once minted is certainly worth a visit and the city has many churches, monasteries and magnificent old buildings and monuments that still radiate the wealth of the past.

Day 15: Potosí - La Paz

Today we make the long ride across the highlands and arrive late in the evening in La Paz, where you can relax in the comfortable hotel.

Day 16: La Paz - Copacabana

After a short bus ride we arrive at the pilgrimage town of Copacabana with its breathtaking views over deep blue Lake Titicaca. The brilliantly white Moorish cathedral houses a 16th century wooden statue of the Virgen de Candelaria that is believed to work miracles. This is a great area for walking and you can climb the Cerro Calvario and watch the sunset over Lake Titicaca or take a boat trip the island of Isla del Sol with its impressive history and Inca ruins.

Day 17: Copacabana - Cuzco

A beautifully scenic but long bus trip across Peru’s Altiplano will take us to Cuzco, where you can explore the royal seat of the mighty Inca kingdom, rich with monuments and surrounded by countless Inca ruins

Inca trail 
For hikers, nature and culture lovers the 42 kilometre long Inca trail is a true challenge but truly enchanting. This is a rugged trek where you sleep in two-person tents so make sure you prepare yourself thoroughly. It is best to walk the Inca trail between May and October, although there may be one or two showers. Please note that during the month February the Inca Trail is always closed for maintenance. 

For a description of the day to day program of the Inca Trail, please check the text at the end of the final day of this tour.

Day 18: Cuzco

Cuzco has a variety of interesting museums such as the Museo Inka, north of the Cathedral, which is set in The Admiral's Palace, a colonial mansion. The museum features over 10,000 exhibits charting civilization in Cuzco and the Andes, from ceramics, Inca textiles and silver to mummies and preserved skulls. For art, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo hosts local artists and contemporary art, while the Museo de Arte Precolombino features paintings, gold and jewelry from 1250 B.C. to 1532 A.D. For a glimpse of Peru's flora and fauna, visit the Museo de Historia Natural on Plaza de Armas.

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Day 19: Cuzco

For those that like to peruze the shops and markets, the Plaza de Armas is circled by boutique shops selling tourist wares such as alpaca clothing, leather goods, postcards, artwork and traditional wall hangings. For further variety and the chance to sample local foods - both prepared dishes and raw ingredients - head to the Mercardo Central (Central Market). The covered market also sells herbal remedies and traditional medicines, clothing and souvenirs.

Day 20: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes

Our 4-hour train ride takes us through stunning scenery to Aguas Calientes where you are free to explore the village, take a walk or relax in the hot springs.

If you wish to visit Machu Picchu today then you will have to arrange and pay for this locally.

Day 21: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco

This morning, take a bus to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, beautifully located on a plateau in the middle of some interesting rock formations. Due to its unique location, the city was only discovered in 1911 and as such has remained relatively well preserved. Archaeologists believe it was once a religious Inca town, but its precise function is still unknown. You will have ample time to explore the whole complex of temples, terraces and holy places. The most famous photo of Machu Picchu was taken after a climb up to the Hut of the Caretaker of the Funeral Rock.

If you prefer a completely different view of the ruins, a walk to the Inti Punku is highly recommended. From this point, people walking the Inca trail get their first glimpse of Machu Picchu. A steep climb of around an hour takes you to the top of the Huayna Picchu, where you will be again be rewarded with spectacular views. The bus ride up to Machu Picchu and back today is included but the entrance fee to Machu Picchu is not included and must be paid locally. In the afternoon we travel back to Cuzco by train.

Day 22: Cuzco

Free day in Cuzco.

Day 23: Cuzco

The last day of your tour. Your hotel room can be used until check out time (normally 12 noon). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Bolivia and Peru.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 23) is not included.

Please note:

With a group of 8 persons (or more) the entire trip will be carried out with private transportation (except for the public bus between Nazca and Arequipa). With a group of up to 7 persons the trip will be carried out using public transportation on all sections, except for the following sections: Paracas-Ica, Arequipa-Colca Canyon-Puno and Cuzco-Kasani. For this reason Tihuanacu can no longer be visited (day 9). Between Potosi and La Paz we use a night bus. Naturally, the tour leader takes care of the tickets for the public transportation.

FESTIVAL TOURS
If you join our tour starting 3rd June 2018 you can experience the Inti Raymi festival from Cuzco. Please check under the tab 'More Info' and 'Festivals' for further information.

Inca trail 
Before booking an Inca trail excursion please check real time availability http://www.inca-trail.com.pe/dispo/index.php?lg=en.

4-day Inca Trail
This is the ultimate tour for people who have adequate time, good health and good fitness. In four days you can walk from 2000 meters to 4200 meters and along 3900 passes. You will also walk over plains, sometimes by a dense cloud forest mountain with beautiful bromeliads and lianas. Also explore with the local guide who accompanies you throughout the trip, some very beautiful Inca ruins. Cooking utensils, tents, provisions and fuel for four days go along with the local porters. Take a small backpack with you containing your stuff for 4 days, and your sleeping bag. For an extra fee you can have the porters carry your luggage (please do this immediately upon booking if you wish).
 

2-day Inca trail
You will be accompanied by a local guide who will stay with the group during the entire trek. Local porters carry the cooking equipment, tents and provisions for two days. You carry a small backpack containing your needs for these two days and a sleeping bag.

This two-day walk of the Inca trail starts near the holy Urubamba River and ends in the afternoon in Machu Picchu, where we will stay the night at the foot of the city in the village of Aguas Calientes. The next day we have plenty of time to take a guided tour of the ruins, in late afternoon we board the train to Cuzco.

If you want to walk the Inca trail, indicate this on your booking form and as the trek is extremely popular and places are limited book early to avoid disappointment. When booking, give your exact name and passport number (your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the tour), this information will be printed on the entrance tickets. Any error in this data automatically generates a penalty fee which will be passed on to you. The Inca Trail is upon request and is only confirmed when you have received confirmation from us. Given the high cancellation we charge € 100, - cancellation fee if you decide to cancel once all is confirmed. The impossibility of confirming the Inca Trail does not mean that the whole trip may be canceled free of charge.

If you have booked either the 2 or 4 day Inca trail, you will not stay overnight in Aguas Calientes (plus train trip) according to the standard programme. Obviously, all these costs are taken into account in the price. Walking the trail also means less or no free time in Cuzco.



Extend your trip

  • Cuzco - Tambopata jungle extension

    This trip can be extended with a 4-day (3 nights) jungle tour in Puerto Maldonado, followed by one night in Lima. You must book this extension at the same time as reserving your trip. The flights involved are on a request basis. If you are the only one to book and there are no others to share a room with then there will be a single room surcharge of € 170. The price of the jungle package includes the transfer from the hotel to the airport in Cuzco, the entrance fee to Tambopata Reserve and local airport taxes, but excluding, gratuities, drinks and personal expenses.

    On the first day you will fly from Cuzco in a half hour to the city of Puerto Maldonado, where you'll meet your boat and sail to the jungle lodge. In the afternoon there is time for a welcome drink and a short walk to a lake. After sunset there is the chance for caiman spotting by canoe. You see their eyes sparkle in the light of your flashlight.

    The next day you make a walk and a canoe trip on the lake where, if you are lucky, you can see giant river otters, monkeys, turtles and many species of birds. In the afternoon you have time to relax on your own or take the opportunity to go hiking.

    Day 3 is often used to do your own thing or to walk along the marked trails. Of course you can also sign up for an excursion organized by the lodge if you prefer. For example, a visit to a small clay wall or a day hike to the Katicocha Lake.

    On the last day you'll travel by motorized canoe back to Puerto Maldonado. From this city you will fly back to Lima and have one final hotel overnight.

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