Peru

Peru & Bolivia: 13 days – 12 nights

Peru-Bolivia-Gross

Day by Day Itinerary

Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport by our representative and private driver and transfer to the selected hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary and vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip.

You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotels information as well as our office's contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number. Lodging.

Early this morning our representative will escort you to Lima airport to board your flight to Cusco (1 hour).

Upon your arrival to Cusco's airport you will be met by our transferman who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel for your check-in. Morning at leisure to rest in your hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness.

This afternoon you will go on a private escorted sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, archaeological capital of South America. Cusco also has the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. A visit of the city's most important historical monuments, The Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Koricancha Temple, and a visit to the surrounding ruins of the Kenko Amphitheater, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. After the tour you will be driven back to your hotel. Lodging.

Full day excursion to Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route towards the Urubamba Valley, visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile center whose principal objective is to maintain the wealth of Incan textile art alive. Here you we will learn about the dyeing techniques and instruments used for hundreds of years in the weaving of these famous textiles.

Following this, visit the Pisac archeological complex, formed by a collection of remains of Incan dwellings, temples, and terracing, all of which combine perfectly with the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Continue on to the Pisac Markets where you will have the chance to interact with the local folk and even barter with the merchants.

After having lunch at a local countryside restaurant, end the day with a visit to the Incan fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo.

This fortress was constructed in order to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands, and was later the scene of Incan resistance in 1537, when Manco Inca’s forces faced Hernando Pizarro’s troops. After the tour you will be driven back to your hotel.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Your private guide will meet you at your hotel very early this morning. You will be transferred to Cusco train station to board the Vistadome train, for a dramatic train ride to Machu Picchu (6180 feet), the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. The legendary 'Lost City of Machu Picchu' is without a doubt the one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (Old Peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 120 Km. (75 miles) from the city of Cuzco at 7,000 feet above sea level. It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain cloud forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca's best kept secrets, since they did not left written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery.
Upon arrival to the ruins, you will begin a private guided tour of the lost citadel.
Lunch included in a local restaurant on town.

Afternoon return to Cusco by train. Transfer you to you the hotel. Lodging.

Early this morning our representative will escort you to Cusco airport to board your flight to La Paz (1 hour).
Upon your arrival to La Paz's airport you will be met by our transferman who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel for your check-in.

Lunch included in a local restaurant.

PM: HD City tour & Moon Valley

The City of La Paz and its surroundings can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins; a living history which treasures the pre-Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites on its streets. The indigenous, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market & breathtaking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. Visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.
Overnight in La Paz.

Early this morning our representative will escort you to La Paz airport to board your flight to Uyuni (45 min).

Arrival in Uyuni and transfer to the hotel.

Full Day Salt Flats and Fish Island.

The largest salt flat on Earth, located on the Bolivian Andean Altiplano with 12.000 square Km; the Bolivian Andes offer stunning sceneries which can be hardly matched. It has to be -a once in your life time journey-. The noise of silence makes the heart beat faster and the surreal pentagons of crystalline salt, the pure sky, the cacti and the flamingos, will certainly make you feel that there is not place like this in the whole world. At a distance this island has the shape of a fish. Its historical name is Inkahuasi.

It is located at the center of the Uyuni salt pan. Nature has bestowed a singular type of flora on this place. The surface rocks contain fossils of marine algae. This is the largest island in the group that forms an isolated oasis-type ecosystem within the salt pan; the landscape against the background of the salt pans that extend to the horizon makes it an ideal place for photography fans. Lunch.
Transfer to Colchani.

Dinner at the hotel and overnight at a salt hotel.

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the small village of Tahua, at the foot of Thunupa Volcano. Stroll through the village and hike to the cave of the Coquesa Mummies.
Lunch is included today.

Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Uyuni.

Pick up from your hotel to the airport for flight to La Paz.

Transfer from the airport to the hotel in La Paz.

La Paz Airport is located at 25 minutes from any downtown hotel.

PM: HD Visit to Tiwanaku archaeological complex

Tiwanaku culture (1.580 BC-1.000 AD), the magnificent ruins of Bolivia and one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas; the Sun Gate, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana are the sample of a glorious past. Tiwanaku culture was an agrarian based economy with an estimated population of 115.000 inhabitants. The state controlled agriculture produced the surplus wealth to support the urban centre and administrative system. They were outstanding in agriculture, hydraulic, architecture & medicine, as well as in social organization. Due to an economic crisis caused by a long dry season, Tiwanaku collapsed around 1.000 AD.

Box lunch is included.

Return to the hotel and overnight in La Paz.

Overland journey from your hotel in La Paz to Huatajata, located at the shores of Lake Titicaca.

On arrival, visit the Andean Roots Eco Village: The Altiplano Museum; Handicrafts village, the Mud Igloos and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris for epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy our elegant vicuñas, llamas, alpacas and the mythical Suri.

Hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island, visit the Sun Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu”. Continue to Sun Island, to visit the Pilcocaina Sun Temple. Enjoy a Llama trek to the hotel.

Lunch upon arrival; the afternoon is at leisure to explore the bucolic surroundings.
Dinner and overnight the Sun Island.

The morning is at leisure. Around noon visit the Inca “Grand Stairs” and the Sacred Fountain; taste the water believed to give eternal youth and happiness.

Lunch at the Uma Kollu archaeological Restaurant; Visit the small handicraft market. Hydrofoil cruise to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, visit to the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin”. Overland journey to your hotel in Puno.

Overnight in Puno.

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called "totora" (Scirpus Totora), vegetable fiber of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from th is material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems down through the generations, as well as fine hand weaving techniques.

Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have a lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno. Lodging.

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Early morning transfer to Juliaca Airport to board your flight to Lima. On the way to the Airport, we will visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani: stone cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their important lea ders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. You also have the opportunity to observe several local typical birds.

Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to the hotel. Lodging.

Enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum. Finally visit the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a Ceremonial and Administrative Centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town.

Also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.

The visit continues with a stop at Larco Herrera Museum, for an excellent overview of Peru's ancient past as it holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. You will have the chance to tour through this old Hacienda House in the Pueblo Libre district, which was built upon a pre-Incan sacred site (huaca), housing the private collection of a great Peruvian scholar: Don Rafael Larco Hoyle. The museum chronologically exhibits hundreds of ceramic, textile, metal and precious stone pieces and also inside you will find the vault which safeguards precious pieces of gold and silver with semiprecious stones. Another attraction of the museum and of great interest to visitors is the exhibition of erotic pre-Colombian art.

At proper time, transfer to the airport. assistance with all departure formalities for your International homebound flight.

End of our Services

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner / BL: Box Lunch

Important Information

  • No reservations have been placed
  • This is a preliminary costing; hotels may vary according to availability
  • No airfares or airport taxes included in above given rates
  • Air fares are referential only.  Actual rate are subject to availability at time of purchase and type of ticket (refunds and changes allowed/not allowed, penalties apply/not apply, etc)
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice
  • Commisionable rates, valid for 2015, except on Inti Raymi (Jun 20/27), Christmas & New Year (Dec22/Jan03) and other National or Religious Holidays when special rates would apply; please verify
Important

During the rainy season (nov/apr) the visit to Uyuni salt lake & Isla Pescado will be possible only if weather conditions permit it.

In order to handle clients a correct information, we kindly request you to advice clients that hotels in the area of the “Uyuni Salt Flats” are rustic and sometimes services are very basic, due to the far-off location with distribution centers, although we always give the best possible accommodation. On the other hand, roads at the Uyuni Salt Flats are not paved and during raining season, the journeys can take longer. Please also remember that hotel classification in Bolivia is local standards, which do not always match international levels.

Please note that ending 2010, the Government had to abrogate a decree suspending the fuel subsidy. If imposed again, we will be forced to adjust our rates accordingly.

The itinerary includes:
  • Peru: Private services with local English or Spanish speaking guide
  • Bolivia: Excursions and transfers on private basis, EXCEPT for the hydrofoil package from La Paz to Puno which is on shared basis.
  • Meals: As indicated in the itinerary
  • Train tickets (Vistadome coach)
  • Bus tickets to and from the Machu Picchu ruins
  • Entrance fees for the mentionated places to be visited.
  • 12 Nights hotel accommodations.
  • Excursions and transfers on private basis, EXCEPT for the hydrofoil package from La Paz to Puno which is on shared basis
The Itinerary does not include:
  • International and domestic airfares (actual price subject to changes by the airline).
  • Bolivia: International airport taxes.
  • Bolivia: National airport taxes.
  • All relevant visa fees.
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips to guides and hotels’ staff.

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