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Peru & Bolivia

follow in the footsteps of butch cassidy and the sundance kid! - Trip for singles

Book From   € 1,999,-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 23 DAYS

Peru & Bolivia

Rugged mountains and awe-inspiring volcanoes, remnants of ancient civilizations and colourful indigenous people characterize this spectacular journey. Join Shoestring and travel along the vast salt plains of Salar de Uyuni. You can visit the ruins of the legendary lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. There is still much more to discover on our journey across the Altiplano. Snowy Andes with panoramic views for example. Wilderness areas on the coast, with lines drawn into the earth by ancient cultures in Nazca. The Colca Canyon, where perhaps you will sight the condor with its mighty wingspan. Remains of Spanish rule can be found in colonial cities such as Arequipa, Cuzco and Potosi. Finally, do not forget to try guinea pig on the spit or taste the local Pisco sour!

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For both Peru & Bolivia, a visa is not required for stays of less than 30 days for many nationalities. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one.

Accommodation and transport

Transport
During this tour we will mostly be using our own, private bus. Only for the trajectory between Nazca and Arequipa do we use a comfortable local bus. For a short distance (approx. 15 minutes drive) from Copacabana to the border with Peru (Kasani), you use either minibuses or local transport. On the other side of the border you will be picked up by your own bus and you'll continue to Cuzco. The train ride to Aguas Calientes is included in the fare. Of course all bus trips and transfers, except those to and from the airport, are included. Any transportation provided for the optional excursions is not included.

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

Accommodation
During the tour you'll stay in comfortable hotels where possible in 2-person rooms with private bathroom, almost everywhere. The hotels in Bolivia are simple. Most hotels have their own restaurant, and usually a garden or terrace. Travellers who book alone will share a 2-person room. We keep in mind of course that you should be paired with someone of the same sex. If you want a room for yourself, then this is possible (except in Uyuni). You will pay a single supplement and this should be added when you make your booking.

Festivals

INTI RAYMI - CUZCO

From the mid 20th century the inhabitants of Cuzco, Peruvians throughout the country and foreign interested parties all celebrate the Inti Raymi festival. The Incas traditionally celebrated Inti on June 24, but the Spanish invaders banned this celebration for centuries. June 24 for the Incas, marks the beginning of a new Solar Year (Inti Raymi). This day revolves around the sun and it is when we have the longest day of the year. During the festival, the Sun God Wiracocha and its relationship with the sun is honoured by man.

The Inti Raymi days are worth attending, because there are fun activities on the streets, dancing and live performances (at the central Plaza de Armas) organized. At the ceremony there will be hundreds of people present. It is worth doing some advance reading too because during the performances only Quechua (Inca language) is spoken.

The Sapa Inca honours Wiracocha:
People gather in the square for the Coricancha or the Santo Domingo church on Avenida El Sol. Here, the Sapa Inca (the divine emperor of the Inca Empire) calls on the blessings from the sun. Then he is carried in a procession on a golden throne to the Inca Fortress Sacsayhuaman. The accompanying people then make music with drums and the Sapa Inca in turn blesses the people. Previously the 5 hour show would end with a white llama sacrifice. The llama is now no longer really slain. The people kneel down towards the sun as it starts to set. You can see all the festivities in and around Cuzco and witness the procession to Sacsayhuaman. The entrance fee to Sacsayhuaman, where the final ritual of the parade takes place, is U.S. $ 100. For this section are limited tickets available. The tour leader, at the beginning of the journey will ask if anyone is interested and will arrange this for you if there are still tickets available.

Please note that the travel routes during festival tours can be adjusted.

Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This holiday is classified as Category D

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This trip is classified as Category D, feasible for a normally healthy and physically fit person. You will travel long distances quickly with few rest days. Once or twice, we will take night buses. Take this into consideration. The bus ride from Uyuni to La Paz is quite tough. Combined with the high altitude travelling may cause fatigue. At the beginning of the trip a number of travellers will suffer from headache due to a mild form of high altitude sickness. If you take it easy from the start, you will adapt quickly. We have built in some stops to rest. We stay in mid class hotels, but remember this is a developing country, with a significantly lower standard of living than you are used. Furthermore, roads may be temporarily impassable due to weather circumstances or bad maintenance, compelling us to take another route. A flexible and positive attitude is equally important as a good physical condition.

Nature of the trip
Rugged mountain chains and awesome volcanoes, remnants of mysterious civilizations and colourful natives characterise this spectacular trip. Wander along with Shoestring through the plains of Salar de Uyuni. Visit the ruins of the legendary Lost City of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu. And there is a lot more to discover on this trip across the Altiplano.

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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