|Trip Length||21||Trip Code||SA - OO - 12|
|Tour Group||10 - 24||Age Range||open|
Lima to La Paz: Tour Information
Peru & Bolivia Explorer (21 Days) Lima to La Paz, An intoxicating amalgam of Peru & Bolivia; view the mysterious Nazca lines, gaze in awe at majestic Condors, and hike the imperious Inca Trail. Overnight on floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca and finish off in the vibrant Bolivian capital, La Paz.
Lima - the Capital. (Breakfast)
- Free day to see the many museums, historical monuments, markets, restaurants and colonial plazas.
- Ballestas Islands.
- View this spectacular marine reserve and take a boat trip to view one of the highest concentrations of rare and exotic sea birds and mammals.
Days 3 to 4
(Breakfast x2, Dinner x1).
- Ica Desert - visit the Tacama winery and also try Peru's national drink, Pisco.
- Oasis of Huacachina - a palm fringed lake surrounded by impressive sand dunes, relax on the beach, go for a swim and then there's the option to head out on a custom made dune buggy and roar across the desert sands to the top of enormous dunes and sand board down them! Tonight, sit around our desert campfire while your guides cook up a storm, followed by a night sleeping out under the stars.
- The Nazca Lines - only discovered 75 years ago, these huge figures carved into the desert floor are best viewed by light aircraft.
- Chauchilla Cemetery - complete with well preserved mummies.
Days 6 to 8
- Arequipa - explore this beautiful colonial city with its great Latin nightlife & the spectacular surrounding area or go mountain biking, hiking or horse riding.
- Colca Canyon - at 900m is one of the deepest in the world - an optional 1 day guided trip to view the amazing Condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
- Fly over the Andes to Cuzco - negating a laborious 10hr bus journey.
Days 9 to 10
- Cuzco - a colonial city with churches & museums built on top of original Inca stonewalls.
- Urubamba or Sacred Valley of the Incas - a day tour with a local guide, where you'll find temples, terraces, local communities, markets & finally our remote campsite on the edge of the Urubamba River.
Days 11 to 14
(Breakfast x4, Lunch & Dinner x3).
- Inca Trail - a trek of 4 days, which combines stunning mountain views and Inca ruins which anyone of reasonable fitness can master.
- Machu Picchu - finally we reach the world famous ruins in all their glory, well worth the trek of the previous 3 days! There are also the options to undertake a shorter hike travelling by train part of the way to the ruins, or take one of three alternative treks, the Salkantay, Lares or Vilcabamba which includes the last night in Aguas Calientes.
- Our route back to Cuzco for all options is by train.
- Cuzco - a free day to relax & recover or for the adventurous to go white water rafting on the Urabamba River.
Days 16 to 18
(Breakfast x3, Lunch & Dinner x1)
- Lake Titicaca - Uros Indians and floating reed islands.
- By boat we visit the floating islands during the day and then spend the night with one of the Indian families on the lesser known islands of Amantani or Taquile. This experience provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the traditional lifestyle of the Andean people and their customs.
- Puno - free day to relax on the shores of Lake Titicaca & experience Puno's rich Andean culture.
Days 19 to 20
Bolivia (Breakfast x2)
- La Paz - we reach this hilly capital city, with its markets & traditionally dressed people. Today is a free day to explore.
- The trip finishes after breakfast today. Should you wish to spend extra time in La Paz we can help arrange post tour accommodation for you.
Peru & Bolivia Explorer (21 Days) Lima to La Paz
Please note that our itineraries are not set in stone and can be subject to change.
Day 1 The capital of Peru, Lima is a city of contrasts. Here you'll encounter both abundant wealth and grinding poverty, modern skyscrapers next to some of the finest museums and historical monuments in Latin America. You will have a free day to explore its many museums, markets and colonial plazas.
Day 2 Our first stop, south of Lima, on the Peru overland travel adventure is at the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. Here we take a boat trip to view one of the most important marine reserves in the world with the highest concentration of rare and exotic sea birds and sea mammals.
Day 3 An hours drive inland in the heart of the Ica Desert is Peru's main wine centre. Here we visit the Tacama winery, originally a Jesuit run Bodega it now produces export quality wines as well as Peru's national drink, Pisco. After our own tasting session we continue a few kilometres to the nearby Oasis of Huacachina. A palm fringed lake surrounded by impressive sand dunes, you can relax on the beach, go for a swim & then if its an adrenaline rush you're after head out with your Tour Leader on a custom made dune buggy & roar across the desert sands to the top of enormous dunes & then sand board down them - imagine snowboarding but on sand instead! Tonight, after an unforgettable desert sunset, we sit around the campfire while our guides cook up a storm, followed by a night sleeping out under the stars.
Day 4 Travel to Peru is not complete without a trip to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries - the Nazca Lines. Only discovered 70 years ago from the air, these huge figures carved into the desert floor are best viewed by light aircraft. Thought to have been made by three different civilisations going back more than 2000 years, there are many contrasting theories about what they signify and why they are there, it is worthwhile asking local opinion - you may well be surprised with the replies, this will undoubtedly be one of the best experiences on your Peru travel adventure! Also memorable is a visit to Chauchilla Cemetery with its well-preserved mummies. Leaving the Atacama Desert we begin to climb into the Andes mountain range towards Arequipa.
Days 5 to 8 Four days are dedicated to exploring this beautiful colonial city and the spectacular surrounding area. Continuing as always with our theme of adventure travel, Peru offers many options to go white water rafting, cycling, trekking, horse riding as well as a visit to the Colca Canyon, which at 900m is not only one of the deepest in the world but also the home of the majestic Condors. Here you can view the condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
(breakfast x 4)
Days 9 to 10 A short flight over the dramatic Andes Mountains takes us to Cuzco, the outdoors capital of Peru and our base for the next 7 days. A mecca for adventure travel, Peru's famous Inca Trail begins near this city. Although Cuzco is today a colonial city most of its churches and museums are built on top of original Inca stonewalls which are clearly visible. We include a day tour of the beautiful Urubamba or Sacred Valley of the Incas where you'll find temples, terraces, local communities and markets before returning to Cuzco for a good night's sleep before your Inca Trail!
(breakfast x 2)
Days 11 to 14 We head out early from Cuzco to the Urubamba Valley from where we begin our 4 day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This moderate to strenuous hike is a once in a lifetime experience and anyone with a good level of fitness can master it. A stunning combination of awesome views, Inca ruins, magnificent mountains and exotic adventure. There are also alternatives to this trek available, for when the Classic Trail is unavailable, or by your choice. Our route back to Cuzco for all options is by train.
(breakfast x 4, lunch & dinner x 3)
Day 15 A free day in Cuzco to relax and recover as well as explore more of the city and its museums and churches or look for local crafts from Alpaca woollen jumpers to musical instruments. The adventurous can go white water rafting on the Urubamba River.
Days 16 to 18 Bordering Peru and Bolivia at 3800m lies Lake Titicaca which will be one of the most memorable stops on your tour. Lake Titicaca is the original place of the Uros Indians who have made their homes on floating reed islands. By boat we visit the floating islands during the day and then we go that one step beyond the average and spend the night with one of the Indian families on the lesser known islands Isla Amantani or Taquile. Spending some time in these local communities is a definite highlight of travel to Peru and is almost like stepping back in time. This experience will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about the traditional lifestyle of the Andean people and their customs as well as supporting these families with some extra income.
You have a free day to relax in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and experience the rich Andean culture.
(breakfast x 3, lunch & dinner x 1)
Days 19 to 20 Our tour of Peru draws to a close this morning, as we leave for Bolivia. Just after crossing the border, is the picturesque lakeside village of Copacabana where we stop for the night.
From here we continue onto the impressive city of La Paz.
Bolivia is considered the most indigenous of all South American countries and this is clearly visible in La Paz. The capital is a hilly city full of markets and traditionally dressed people. There is also the opportunity for a one day 'gravity assisted' mountain bike adventure. A great place to spend a few extra days at the end of your Peru overland travel adventure as the city is renowned for sightseeing, shopping, its museums and several other excursions. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.
(breakfast x 2)
Day 21 The trip finishes after breakfast today. However if you wish to spend some extra time in La Paz, we can help arrange post tour accommodation for you.
Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.
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