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Peru / Bolivia

Peru and Bolivia: Machu Picchu, Uyuni salt flat, Lake Titicaca

14 days | 13 nights
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Combining Peru and Bolivia is a great way to discover many iconic South American places such as Machu Picchu, the Uyuni Salt Flat and Lake Titicaca. Although the two Andean countries share a common history, they are two very distinct places which makes this private tour quite extensive. This 14-day journey will uncover the highlights of the Inca and pre-Inca eras, the lost city of Machu Picchu, the archaeological site of Tiwanaku, the salt ponds of Maras, the Moray terraces, the Ollantaytambo fortress and the ruins of Pisac. You will also discover the historical secrets of colonial Lima, the elegant architecture of Arequipa, the 'White City', the vertiginous cable cars of La Paz, the highest capital in the world and of course the charms of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. Visit surreal landscapes and world-record-breaking sites: the second deepest canyon in the world (Colca), the highest navigable lake in the world (Titicaca) and the world's largest salt flat turned reflecting mirror (Uyuni). Visiting both Peru and Bolivia is not just a great idea, it is a way to make long-lasting memories while exploring the rich cultures and landscapes of the Andean plateau. 

Destinations

Peru / Bolivia

Trip at a glance

Visits

PERU: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley: Pisac Market and Ruins, Moray Terraces, Maras Salt Ponds, Ollantaytambo Forteress, Machu Picchu, BOLIVIA: Tiwanaku Archeological Site, La Paz, Uyuni Salt Flat, Incahuasi Island, Coquesa Village, La Paz

Accomodation

13 nights in 3* or 4* premium hotels

Transportation

Shuttle round trip Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes, premium bus trip Colca to Puno on day 5

Private car and driver except for Colca to Puno Route

Shared motor boat excursion on Lake Titicaca on day 6

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Arrival at Jorge Chávez, Lima international airport.

Welcome by our local English-speaking staff.

Transfer to your hotel located in the residential and shopping district of Miraflores overlooking the Pacific ocean (1 hour).

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Lima. 

Day 2 LIMA CITY TOUR, FLIGHT TO AREQUIPA

Morning

Start your city tour with a drive around the upmarket district of Miraflores, famous for its 'Malecon' (the strand) and Larcomar, the huge iconic shopping center overlooking the ocean.

You will then drive past the Huaca Pucllana archeological site on your way to visit the historical center of the capital (30 min).

The city founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, still features many invaluable colonial buildings along the main square (the Plaza Mayor) and the nearby streets.

Discover Lima's Cathedral, the Government Palace and the San Francisco Convent among many other impressive colonial buildings.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, transfer to Lima airport (30 min) for your direct flight to Arequipa (1 hour 30 min).

Arrival in Arequipa (7,638 ft - 2328m), meet and greet with your local guide and transfer to your hotel downtown (30 min).

Evening

Free evening to stroll the white streets of this charming colonial city. 

Overnight at your hotel in Arequipa. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 AREQUIPA HALF-DAY TOUR, FREE AFTERNOON

Morning

Your tour will unlock the secrets of beautiful colonial Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru.

The remarkable architectural use of volcanic sillar rock in the contruction of the white buildings of the city center have contributed to Arequipa's fame. The city center is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Visit the Yanahuara neighboroud offering unbeatable views of the three volcanoes surrounding Arequipa.

Drive back to the city center (10 min).

Visit the peaceful Santa Catalina Monastery (2 hours).

This blue and coral town within a town, founded in the 16th century is still home to some 20 nuns. Walk around this colorful and quiet maze that survived many devastating earthquakes over the centuries.

Afternoon

Free afternoon. Enjoy a stroll along the beautiful Plaza de Armas, or learn about the Juanita mummy and the incredible story behind the Inca 'Ice Maiden'  at the Santuarios Andinos Museum (not included). 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Arequipa. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 4 ROAD TO COLCA CANYON

Morning

Transfer by bus to the Colca Canyon (6 hours).

Drive by the iconic Misti (19,101 ft - 5822 m), the snowcapped volcano overlooking the region. This perfectly-shaped active stratovolcano last erupted in 1985.

Get your camera ready for the many stops along this impressive scenic drive.

When passing through the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, you will be greeted by many of its fascinating residents on the side of the road. The vicuña, the rarest of the South American camelids is considered the best-looking one and its protected wool is the finest and the most expensive in the world.

Afternoon

Your bus journey will stop in the little town of Chivay at 12,000 feet (3657 metres), located in the Colca Valley.

You may have time to soak in the local hot springs, or just relax at your hotel.

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in the Colca Valley. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 5 COLCA CANYON, CONDORS, ROAD TO PUNO

Remember to bring your binoculars to catch the condor in its flight. 

Morning

Early departure by bus to drive along the Colca canyon, twice as deep as Grand Canyon, it is the world's second deepest canyon (50 min).

Stop at the Condor Cross viewpoint, one of the best lookout to spot Andean condors (1 to 2 hours).

A species of the American vulture family, the Andean condor holds several records: it is the largest raptor and land bird in the world as well as the largest flying bird in South America.

Depart for Puno, a culturally-rich town on the shores of Lake Titicaca (6 hours).

Afternoon

Late in the afternoon, arrival in Puno (12,560 ft - 3828 m). 

Transfer to your hotel. 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Puno. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 LAKE TITICACA: UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS

Morning

Transfer to the pier (10 min) to board a shared motor boat.

Today will be spent sailing Lake Titicaca and discovering two of its islands.

With its 214 cubic miles (893 cubic km) of water and an altitude of 12,507 feet (3812 metres), Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world.

According to Incan mythology, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun, moon, stars, and first human beings. Many myths and legends still inhabitate those majestic dark-blue waters.

A 20-minute ride will take you to one of the many floating islands called Uros.

The Uro floating islands are built from the totora reed that grows very well in the shallows of the lake.

You will be welcomed by a local family that will showcase the versatility of the totora, used to build their houses, boats, crafts and as a source of food.

After a short visit of the main Uro island you will sail to Taquile island (1 hour).

Afternoon

Discover Taquile island, famous for its knitting and weaving.

You will learn about the numerous traditions of the local Taquilenos who still live off the island's ressources working in their traditional clothes on the many man-made terraces.

Enjoy some free time to browse the high-quality handicrafts that are unique to the island and cannot be found anywhere else in Peru. The textile art is actually listed as a 'Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity' by the UNESCO.

End of the afternoon, sail back to Puno (1 hour 30 min).

Transfer from the pier to your hotel (10 min).

Evening

Free evening in Puno. 

Overnight at your hotel in Puno. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch in a local restaurant

Day 7 ROAD TO TIWANAKU

Morning

Don't forget your passport and visa (if necessary) as you will cross the border into Bolivia.

Transfer to the Peruvian and Bolivian borders in Desaguadero (2 hours 30 min).

You will be welcomed at the border by your Bolivian driver and guide.

Immigration procedures. Important: depending on your nationality you might need a visa to enter Bolivia.

Once the border crossed, you will resume your itinerary to Tiwanaku (1 hour 40 min).

Afternoon

Visit the pre-colombian archeological museum and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tiwanaku (4 hours).

Wander around the Akapana pyramid, the Kalasasaya Temple and the Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun) and its impressive monoliths. Make your way down to the Semi-Subterranean Temple with many tenon heads ornating its walls.

Transfer to your hotel in La Paz (2 hours).

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in La Paz. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 8 UYUNI SALT FLAT, INCAHUASI ISLAND, INDIAN MUMMIES

Morning

Morning transfer to La Paz aiport for your direct flight to the town of Uyuni (1 hour).

Meet and greet with your local guide and transfer to the small town of Colchani (15 min).

Learn about the Colchani salt cooperative and how it extracts and processes 25,000 tonnes of Uyuni salt every year (20 min).

Free time to tour the souvenir market (30 min).

Your 4x4 tour will take you to the Uyuni salar, the world's largest salt flat covering 4,086 square miles (10,582 square km) with several stops for photo opportunities along the way.

Afternoon

 Drive on the salar on your way to Incahuasi Island also know as the Isla del Pescado (Fish Island).

Enjoy some free time to climb to the top of the hill and explore this strange mound covered in cactuses.

Note: Incahuasi Island may not be accessible during the wet season.

Drive towards Tunupa volcano to the village of Coquesa with its small museum displaying a collection of mummies.

Drive back to Uyuni.

Evening

Overnight at your hotel in Uyuni. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Picnic lunch in the middle of the salar

Day 9 LA PAZ CITY-TOUR, MOON VALLEY

Morning

Transfer to Uyuni's airport (15 min).

Direct flight to La Paz (1 hour).

Arrival at La Paz airport, transfer downtown (45 min).

Follow the Republican colonial circuit on foot, starting at Murillo Square, the city's original central square.

Pass by the Government Palace, the Legislative Assembly and the city's Cathedral.

Continue to the witches market, the craft market and the Church of San Francisco, whose unique facade is decorated with indigenous patterns (about 3 hours).

Afternoon

Afternoon transfer to the Moon Valley (30 min South of La Paz). 

Discover a unique place, a real lunar landscape adorned with eroded sedimentary formations, fairy chimneys and high spires (2 hours). 

Transfer back to your hotel in La Paz (30 min). 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in La Paz. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 10 FLIGHT TO CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY: PISAC RUINS AND MARKET

Morning

 In the morning, transfer to El Alto, La Paz international airport for your direct flight to Cusco (1 hour 15 min).

Meet and greet your local guide and driver.

In the morning, drive from Cusco to the village of Pisac (1 hour) with its famous Sunday market where many indigenous Quechua communities meet to sell and trade their goods.

Afternoon

The rest of the week, the whole place is bustling with its handicraft and souvenir market. You will have time to search for jewellery, ponchos, hats, traditional music instruments, ceramics, alpaca products and many other typical Andean crafts  (1 hour 30 min).

Visit Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. (1 hour 30 min). All 4 places are part of an Inca site on the nearby hill at an altitude of 10,980 feet (3345 m).

The Inca shaped the hill by carving the ingenious terraces that are still used for agriculture to this day.

With military, religious, and agricultural structures, the site was an important and busy place in Inca times.

Transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley (1 hour).

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 11 MARAS SALT PONDS AND MORAY AGRICULTURAL TERRACES, OLLANTAYTAMBO FORTERESS

Morning

Transfer to the site of Maras (30 min).

Walk between the hundreds of salt ponds used to dry the salt according to a method inherited from pre-inca times.

The many colors of the polygonal ponds can go from light reddish to brownish to white according to the season. This contrasts with the surrounding landscape and give the site a most-unusual aspect.

Free time to shop pink salt collected by the local community workers.

Transfer to Moray archeological site (30 min).

Walk around and down those impressive circular agricultural terraces that were used to conduct scientific experiments in Inca times (30 min).

Afternoon

Drive to the town Ollantaytambo (1 hour 15 min).

This afternoon, you will visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, a fortified city built by the Inca Pachacutec.

Explore this quaint settlement with an orthogonal layout (30 min).

Climb the Temple Hill known as the fortress to learn about the purpose of those inca constructions (1 hour 30 min).

Transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley (45 min).

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 12 MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Your passport is required to enter the Machu Picchu site. You have the option to get a 'Machu Picchu' stamp in your passport if you wish. 

Morning

Today might be THE day you have been expecting since you landed on Peruvian soil as you will finally discover the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (30 min).

Board the comfortable train that will take you to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu (1 hour 30 min).

In Aguas Calientes, walk from the train to the bus station (5 min) and hop on a bus to the entrance of the archaeological site.

Afternoon

Enjoy the impressive 20-minute drive up the hill to the Machu Picchu site at 7,972 feet (2430 m). Rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, Macchu Picchu is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Learn about every secret this ancient Inca citadel holds and grab every opportunity to take photographs (3 to 4 hours).

Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (20 min) and board the train back to Ollantaytambo (1 hour 30 min).

Transfer to your hotel in Cusco (1 hour 30 min).

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Cusco. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 13 HALF-DAY CUSCO CITY AND RUINS TOUR, FREE AFTERNOON

Morning

In the morning, you will meet your guide for a city tour of Cusco including the visit of the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral and the Korikancha, the original Temple of the Sun.

Drive to the hills of Cusco to explore the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuamán, Q’enqo, PukaPukara and Tambomachay.

Transfer back to your hotel or to the city centre (20 min).

Afternoon

Afternoon at leisure to explore the Spanish colonial city known to the Inca as the 'belly button of the world'.

Stroll around numerous plazas, shops selling incredible art and crafts or visit the great Pre-Columbian Museum MAP (not included).

Evening

Free evening to discover Cusco's vibrant nightlife. We recommend the lively pisco bar La Republica del Pisco. 

Overnight at your hotel in Cusco. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 14 FLIGHT TO LIMA, DEPARTURE

Morning

In the morning, transfer to Cusco's airport for your flight back to Lima (1 hour 15 min). 

Arrival at Lima airport, assistance by our local team for your international flight check-in. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
13 nights in 3* or 4* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
13 breakfasts + 2 lunches
Full board plan
13 breakfasts + 13 lunches (might include several box lunches) + 13 dinners

Transportation

Bus
Shuttle round trip Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes, premium bus trip Colca to Puno on day 5
Car
Private car and driver except for Colca to Puno Route
Cruise
Shared motor boat excursion on Lake Titicaca on day 6

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking guide except on day 8 (Spanish-speaking driver only)

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • Regional Flights: 990 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Important notes

 This tour includes many visits at sites above 14,000 ft which makes it not recommendable to people suffering from heart diseases. 

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