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Peru Bolivia Tour – 14 Days

Itinerary

DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL

A View Peru staff member will be waiting for your arrival at the Lima airport, from where they will transport you to the hotel of your choice. Any questions you have will be answered and you will be briefed on your itinerary by your assistant. You have the evening to relax in your hotel to prepare yourself for the exciting tour ahead.

DAY 2: CITY TOUR LIMA (B, L)

Today you will be brought on a city tour of Lima, Peru’s capital as well as most modern and largest city. Lima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 and it is a great introduction to Peru as it has drastic contrasts between modernity and its ancient and colonial heritage. An English-speaking guide will bring you to various colonial and modern sites throughout this sprawling city. Visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral, and the Catacombs in the San Francisco Covenant you will be immersed in the city’s rich colonial past. Contrastingly, next you will visit the hip residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro where you will see the modern face of Peru with the various high end shopping malls, eateries, and bars. After the tour, you have the afternoon and night free to further explore and enjoy the thriving nightlife of Lima.

DAY 3: LIMA – SACRED VALLEY (B, L)

After an early breakfast you will be transported to the airport for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, a View Peru guide will greet you and bring you to the Sacred Valley, which is at a much lower altitude than Cusco where you will begin your tour in the mountains of the Incas. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a chain of fertile farmlands and quaint towns unmoved by time, and is a great preparation to get you even more excited for Machu Picchu. Your tour will start in the market town of Pisac, about an hour outside of Cusco. Here you will get to experience the bustling market, where local natives come from all over the valley to sell their gorgeous handicrafts. This is a great opportunity to get the best, most authentic souvenirs from your trip. We will also visit the ruins on the mountain above Pisac that are largely overlooked, they are expansive and impressive as is Machu Picchu. From here we will have a buffet lunch made completely from ingredients grown here in the Sacred Valley, before moving on to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. This town is the best surviving example of Incan architecture and was never conquered by the Spanish. You will have the afternoon to stroll around these ancient cobblestone streets, visit the ruins overlooking the town, and enjoy some of the many dining options. You will be transferred to your hotel for the night.

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU (B)

Today you will travel to the feature point of your trip to Peru, Machu Picchu! Early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and brought to the train station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. This amazing train journey takes you through rural landscapes outlined by gorgeous towering mountians, and descends into the lush cloud forest that hides Machu Picchu. Recently named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is the ultimate desination for any traveller, as it is rich in history, culture, and lies in an amazing and iconic setting. This is easily the most impressive pre-Colombian city in the world with its amazing stone work and mystical setting in a hidden spot in the Andes. You will get a guided tour of this lost city with an English-speaking guide who will help you to understand the interesting history of the site and the Inca people, as well as the various theories of the purpose of the city. Following the tour, you will have free time to explore this expansive site. Wander through ancient cobblestone paths leading to temples, homes, warehouses and a large square – all surrounded by dramatic terraces cut into the steep mountainsides. In addition, you have the option of taking the challenging hike up Huayna Picchu where you will have the most beautiful, panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Once you have had your fill of these amazing ruins, in the late afternoon you will make your way back down to Aguas Calientes where you will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the hot springs, various hiking opportunities, and the delicious dining options available in this quaint town.

DAY 5: OLLANTAYTAMBO – TARAY – CUSCO (B, D)

You will enjoy breakfast in your Aguas Calientes hotel, followed by a transfer to the train back to Ollantaytambo where you can have lunch. After lunch, you will be taken off of the tourist map to the small town of Taray, just across the Urubamba River from Pisac. This picturesque Sacred Valley town retains its traditional ways of life, most of the families making a living farming off of the land as their ancestors have been for centuries. In 2010 horrible floods destroyed much of the town and affects are still felt today, especially with the children. Because many farms were damaged or livelihoods lost, children are needed as extra help in the home meaning they cannot attend school regularly and miss out on important play time. Here, you will visit the youth development project called Sonco Wasi, which seeks to fill in these gaps by providing education and recreational activities to the children of  Taray. Your visit to Sonco Wasi gives you a chance to give back to a local community. You can either lead an activity or a class, or you can simply play with these amazing children. After this touching experience, you will return to Cusco where you will enjoy a delicous dinner accompanied by a show.

 DAY 6: CUSCO (B)

After breakfast and the chance to relax in your hotel for a bit, you will be brought on a walking tour of the ancient capital of the Incas – Cusco. This city is small enough that it can easily be explored thoroughly by foot, and walking around gives you the chance to experience the incredible culture and history on every inch of these city streets. Your English-speaking guide will bring you to various sites, including the Cathedral and Korincancha (Temple of the Sun) which is a colonial building built ontop of an Inca temple. The tour also brings you to the bustling San Pedro Market where you can get a real view of Cuscquanian life as you watch locals buy everything from vegetables to cow hearts. After the tour you have the evening to relax and enjoy the great nightlife and dining scene of Cusco.

DAY 7: HORSEBACK RIDING CUSCO CITY RUINS (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to begin your tour on horseback of the ancient ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Your Peruvian Paso horse will guide  you through this gorgeous hillside visiting four great archaeological sites. First, you will visit the large Saqsayhuaman fortress that sits watching over Cusco and is still regarded as a highly spiritual place. Your horse will bring you next to the Qenko rock sanctuary that used to be the site of mummifications and sacrifices, it is believed. Riding further down the hill towards the Sacred Valley, you will discover the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara that was used as a military station and an administrative center defending the Cusco area in ancient times. Finally, you will reach Tambomachay Inca baths made up of basins filled by fresh spring water. It is believed that this used to be sort of a spa for travelling elite Incas. At all of the ruins you will get a chance to get off of your horse to explore on foot. Be sure to take advantage of the endless photo opportunities on this trip, as the horse paths take you through gorgeous forest and countryside. After this amazing ruins tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the afternoon free to explore more of Cusco.

Day 8: Cusco – Puno (B, L)

Today you will make your way from Cusco to Puno at the shores of Lake Titicaca. After breakfast, you will be picked up and brought to the bus station where you will catch the tourist bus to Puno. This bus makes multiple stops along the way and the journey is incredible, as you scale the Peruvian Altiplano, a high-altitude plain that spreads between Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Stops include ruins, museums, a quaint town for lunch, and the highest point of the journey, La Raya (4319m). Upon arrival in Puno, you will be picked up from the bus terminal and transported to the hotel of your choice with the evening free.

DAY 9: ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA (B, L)

Following breakfast in your Puno hotel, you will be transported to the port to begin your exciting adventure on the highest navigable lake in the world – Lake Titicaca! Your tour will start by bringing you to the floating islands of Uros where a local guide will show you how they made these islands out of reed platforms no more than 30-40cm thick! The communities moved onto the lake to avoid violent communities on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You will also get a short ride in one of the local handcrafted reed canoes that they have conitnued to use for centuries. From Uros, you will continue to the island of Taquile where you will be greeted by locals dressed in their gorgeous traditional woven clothing. Here you will get a guided tour of the island, followed by a traditional lunch from the lake itself. From Taquile you will be transported back to your Puno hotel where you should enjoy an amazing dinner watching the sunset over the sparkling lake.

(OPTIONAL: It is possible to stay overnight on one of the islands with a family homestay in one of their rustic homes. This is an incredible, highly recommended opportunity to see the real life on the island and make connections with locals).

DAY 10: PUNO – LA PAZ (B)

After breakfast in Puno, you will be transferred to the bus terminal where you will catch the tourist bus to La Paz. This gorgeous ride takes you alongside the lake for much of the time, giving you plenty of beauty to admire. The bus will stop at border posts and you will have help with immigration procedures. When you arrive in La Paz you will be transferred to your hotel where you will have the evening to relax.

DAY 10: LA PAZ CITY TOUR – Uyuni (B)

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to begin your full city tour of this amazing and intriguing city. First, you will visit the famous Witch’s Market where natives sell remedies for ailments that have been used for centuries. You will continue on to the colonial beauty of the Plaza Murillo that houses the Cathedral, Government Palace, and the National Congress buildings. Jaen Street is next, famous for its colonial charm and is lined with various notable museums, from which you will continue on to the replica of a semi-subterranean temple of the Tiwanaku Culture. From here you will travel into modern La Paz where you will visit the residential neighborhoods of Obrajes, Calacoto, and La Florida. To complete the tour, you will have a visit to the Moon Valley, just outside the city. Here, you will have time to walk around the amazing rock monoliths cresting out of the desert floor. Centuries of erroding wind created this dramatic and fascinating landscape. Here in the Moon Valley you will also visit a ceramics workshop where locals will give you a demonstration of how they make their gorgeous pottery. You will have the afternoon free to explore further, and in the evening you will catch the overnight Todo Turismo bus to Uyuni.

DAY 11: UYUNI – COQUESA (B, L, D)

At 6am you will arrive at Uyuni where you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel, where you will have time to relax and stretch your legs from the journey. Later in the morning you will begin your tour of the Uyuni salt flats, the largest in the world covering more than 10,000 square kilometers. On the way, we will stop at the train cemetary, an eerie site where trains were abandoned after the 1940 collapse of the mining industry in Uyuni. From here, we will make our way to the town of Colchani where the locals vend their crafts made almost entirely out of salt. After Colchani, we will enter the amazing salt flat where you will have great photography opportunities of the vast landscape. Various stops will be made today, including to visit the salt pyramids and the amazing hotel that is made completely out of salt. Continuing on, we head to the rock outcrop of Incawasi “Island”  which was once the top of an ancient volcano that was then covered by a giant lake that covered the flats in prehistoric times. This interesting break in the vast emptiness of anything but salt, includes giant cactus, intricate rock monoliths, and many fossils from when the lake covered the area. After Incawasi, we will continue our journey to the small village of Coquesa where you will have accommodation with the local community tonight.

DAY 12: COSQUESA – UYUNI (B)

This morning it is recommended to wake up at 6:00am to enjoy the vibrant sunrise over the salt flats from Cosquesa. After breakfast here, we will travel to an amazing museum of stone animals. From the museum, we will continue to the Tunupa Volcano, dominating the vast flat area with its massive height. We will climb uphill a bit to visit the mummies, who tried to hide in a cave during an erruption a few hundred years ago but died from the toxic fumes. Continuing uphill we will make our way to an amazing vantage point of the salt flats. From the volcano, we will return to Coquesa for lunch, followed by Uyuni where you will have the afternoon to relax. In the evening, catch the bus back to La Paz.

DAY 13: UYUNI – LA PAZ (B)

You will arrive back in La Paz early in the morning where you will be picked up and brought to your hotel. Today will be free to explore this amazing city at your leisure and to pick up any last-minute souvenirs from your trip.

DAY 14: LA PAZ  – OUT (B)

View Peru will pick you up at your hotel whenever is needed to catch your international flight to return home.

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Prices

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Hotel Category Basic 2 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars + 4 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars Lux
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Itinerary

Price Includes

  • 13 nights at standard, but high quality hotels with private bathrooms and breakfast included & local taxes
  • All indicated pick-ups and transfers in group service with English-speaking guide
  • Meals indicated: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Expedition train round-trip tickets, Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • All entrance fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Domestic flights
  • Meals not indicated
  • Additional expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance Visa fee for Bolivia

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