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Must of Peru and Bolivia

Travel through the heart of the Andes: the centre of the ancient Inca empire. You will discover its fascinating Cusco and Sacred Valley abounding with archaeological sites and typical villages and the legendary Lake Titicaca considered as the highest navigable lake on earth. Furthermore, this trip will show you the marvellous Bolivia and the places you absolutely have to visit such as southern Lipez, La Paz or the Salar de Uyuni.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Lima - Cusco
  • Day 3: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Pisac - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Day 5: Cusco - Puno - Cusco - Puno
  • Day 6: Puno - Desaguadero - La Paz - Desaguadero - La Paz
  • Day 7: La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz
  • Day 8: Uyuni - Paso Hito Cajon - Uyuni - Jirira
  • Day 9: Uyuni - Jirira - Uyuni
  • Day 10: Jirira - Uyuni - Potosi - Uyuni - Potosi
  • Day 11: Potosi - Sucre - Potosi - Sucre
  • Day 12: Sucre
  • Day 13: Sucre - El Alto Airport - Sucre - La Paz
  • Day 14: La Paz - El Alto Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Lima

Upon your arrival at the airport Jorge Chávez of Lima, you will be taken to your hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to your hotel.


Night at hotel El Patio
Included : private transport, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, BTC

Day 2: Lima - Cusco

You will be transferred to the Lima airport to take your flight.

Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco.
Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to the hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to hotel.
Departure for an half-day dedicated to the discovery of Cuzco's historical downtown. In the morning, visits of the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and of the Cathedral, exhibiting some paintings from the School of Cuzco and many goldsmith’s art, silver and precious stones treasures. Then we walk down to the San Blas quarter (the artists’ place).

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : private transport, transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, Entrance fees

Day 3: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

8am departure in a private vehicle to explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first stop is at Pisac in order to visit the impressive Inca ruins and the handicraft market. Then we continue to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the fortress.

Departure for a 2 hours ride by train to Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome's wagons are completely covered with glass for a panoramic view throughout the journey.

Night at hotel Presidente.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, train ticket, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, Guide's accommodation., Guide's train ticket.

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

In the early morning, direct connection to the shuttle service that will drive you to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Arrival to Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century in Peru. Abandoned during the collapse of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu sacred city, forgotten for centuries, is considered as a masterpiece of Inca architecture. It was unveiled in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Together with your english speaking guide, you will start to discover the archaeological complex, still covered by the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices. A stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun! After the guided tour (around 3 hours for the visit), you have the opportunity to discover on your own.

Train back to Ollantaytambo.
Reception at the train station and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : bus ticket, guide expenses, entrance fees, english speaking guide, train ticket, private transport, room & breakfast
Included opts : Bus guide, English speaking guide , Guide's meals, Guide's train ticket.

Day 5: Cusco - Puno

Transfer to Cusco's bus terminal.

English speaking assistance from hotel to bus terminal station.
Departure by tourist bus to Puno, town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We enjoy wonderful landscapes along the road. We go over the Raya Pass, at an altitude of 4320 meters. Visits of the Pukara Museum, of the archaeological site of Raqchi and of the “Sistine Chapel” of the Andes in Andahuaylillas. Lunch included (buffet restaurant at Sicuani). An English-speaking guide, exclusive to the bus company, participates to the journey and gives information along the way.

Option: you the also have the option to take the train. The Andean Explorer operates from November to March on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (and also on Fridays from April to October).
Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel.

Night at hotel Balsa Inn.
Included : private transport, departure transfer with english speaking guide, entrance fees, bus ticket, lunch, transfer departure, room & breakfast

Day 6: Puno - Desaguadero

Private transport Puno - Desaguadero.

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 6: Desaguadero - La Paz

We meet our guide at the border (at the Bolivian immigration post after the bridge). Departure in private vehicle. Along the way, we stop at the archaeological site of Tiwanaku. Guided visit through the pre-Columbian ruins, which are considered to be amongst the most important of the continent. Arrival in La Paz by late afternoon.
Note: On Friday, the local market in Desaguadero can make traffic difficult leading to delays in crossing the border.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : local guide, entrance fees, private transport, breakfast buffet , room
Included opts : Spanish speaking local guide

Day 7: La Paz - Uyuni

Our private driver will pick us up in the hotel lobby at 09:00 am for a full-day tour around the best points of view over the city and into the Moon Valley. La Paz, world’s highest capital elected in 2014 as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities, is surrounded by the high picks of the Andes. From many parts of the city we can admire the white summits of the Cordillera Real and the imposing Illimani, protector of the city. From the K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park we will enjoy a panoramic view over the capital. The Montículo, in the bohemian Sopocachi is the classical meeting point of lovers and newlyweds for romantic pictures. Since 2014 La Paz is proud of its new gondolas. From the sky the panorama over the city and the mountains is unique and we can get an impression of the social gaps while flying over different neighborhood. We will then drive to the south, cross the rich "Zona Sur" and get out of the city to enter the Moon Valley. Here we can enjoy the quietness and walk among the lunar rock formations during an hour. In the afternoon we will go back to the historical center and wander along its colorful markets.
NOTE: The K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park are closed on Mondays.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the bus station.
We meet in the hall of the hotel at 8 p.m, for the transfer to the bus station of La Paz.
Departure of the night bus at 9 p.m. This bus is comfortable and direct to Uyuni. Arrival the next morning around 7:30 a.m.
Free lunch and dinner. Snack on the bus. Night in the bus.
Note: it is possible to take a shower and breakfast (for a small fee) that morning in Uyuni, before departing for the 4WD expedition.

Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, local spanish-speaking guide, bus ticket
Included opts : Spanish speaking local guide

Day 8: Uyuni - Paso Hito Cajon - Uyuni - Jirira

A private driver will pick you up at the bus station and drive you to your hotel.
We meet our Bolivian driver at the border post of Hito Cajón, entry gate to the South Lipez area. Today we will ride around 355 km (6 hours) in our private jeep, to reach Uyuni, a small town at the shores of the Uyuni salt flat, 3650 m.a.s.l. On the road, we will cross diverse landscapes, at altitudes between 4200 and 4750 m.a.sl.

Night at the Doña Lupe accommodation*.
Salar Sector Room.
Included : transfer arrival, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast
Included opts : Salar Sector Room

Day 9: Uyuni - Jirira - Uyuni

Today we will discover the world’s largest salt desert! At 9 a.m. we leave the hotel with our jeeps to the Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.). After an half an hour ride, we stop in the village of Colchani to visit its salt exploitation and salt hotel (closed since 2001). We will then ride 73 km on the salt desert (around an hour and a half) to reach the Island of Incahuasi. This surprising island lost in the middle of the salar, offers an incredible view over the salt desert and the several volcanoes that surround it. Of volcanic origin, it is covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (stromatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on earth). In the afternoon, we will keep riding 46 km on the white desert (around half an hour) to reach its northern extremity. Here, on the feet of the Tunupa volcano (5432 m.a.s.l.) we will spend the night in the small village of Jirira. Before arriving, we will stop in the neighbor village of Coquesa, famous for its “chullpas”: mummies of the Chipaya culture.

Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: Jirira - Uyuni - Potosi

Partial ascent - no technical difficulties - good physical condition required
We start the day early to climb up the volcano Tunupa, a colorful mountain located only few kilometers from the salar. Tunupa is the name of the pre-Inca god of volcanoes and thunderstorms.
Our jeep drops us off at the end of the track above the village, at an elevation of 3850 m.a.s.l. We will then trek 3 to 4 hours to the mirador (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.). What an exceptional panorama! It almost seems like we are above the clouds or the sea, but it’s the world’s largest salt flat we are looking at! The summit (el. 5432 m.a.s.l.) cannot be attempted since the path is too dangerous.
We will walk back to Jirira in the afternoon and from there drive to Uyuni, where we will arrive at the end of the afternoon after a 2.5 h ride (140 km). We will stop on the road to visit a salt hotel and a salt exploitation.
Trekking time: 4h
Elevation gain: +850m/-850m
We will leave Uyuni in a private car at 08:30 am and cross the Cordillera de los Frailes to reach Potosí (el. 3900 m.a.s.l.). The so-called “Imperial City” had a time of international glory in the 16th and 17th century when it sheltered the world’s largest silver mine. Nowadays the Cerro Rico (“Rich Hill”) is still exploited but the glory is memory. On the way, we will stop in Pulacayo, village that sheltered the second largest silver mine in South America in the 17th and 18th century. It is now almost a ghost town but the museum relates its glorious past. We will arrive in Potosí after 3 to 4 hours on the road (205 km).
Half day free

Night at the Santa Teresa hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), private transport, guide (hiking), room & breakfast

Day 11: Potosi - Sucre

Today we will get to know the history and current life of Potosí, city listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO (full-day tour). Our guide will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby and we will go to the Cerro Rico to visit the mine and see the miners at work. This encounter can be overwhelming since the miners (of all ages) work in very hard conditions. We will then go back to the city-center to visit the Casa de la Moneda. The coins of the Spanish crown were minted in this beautiful colonial house until the 19th century. It is now an important historical museum.
NOTE: It is possible to visit the mine everyday but the miners do not work on Sundays and the activity is greatly reduced on Saturdays and Mondays. The Casa de la Moneda is closed on Sundays afternoon and Mondays.
We will leave Potosí in a private car to reach the nice small colonial city of Sucre (el. 2810 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. We will leave behind the Altiplano and descend to the Chuquisaca Valley. Here we will cross the Pilcomayo River on the Sucre Bridge; an interesting structure that looks like a medieval construction, even if built in the 19th century. We will arrive in Sucre after around 3 hours on the road (160 km).

Night at the Su Merced hotel***.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 12: Sucre

Today we spend the day in the beautiful “white city” of Sucre. Listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the constitutional capital of Bolivia is famous for its flair of quietness, its beautiful colonial architecture and its numerous churches. Our guide will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby to show us the most famous buildings and museums of the city. We will start with the Convento de la Recoleta, monastery of the Franciscan order build in 1601. We will then learn more about the culture of the region and the country in the Museum of Indigenous Art (ASUR) and about the Bolivian history in The Casa de la Libertad, where the Independence Act was signed in 1825. We will end the day visiting the Monastery of San Felipe Nery, enjoying a beautiful view over the city from its terrace.
NOTE: Museums are closed as following: Convento de la Recoleta and Monastery of San Felipe Nery - Sundays, ASUR - Saturdays and Sundays, Casa de la Libertad - Mondays.

Night at the Su Merced hotel***.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 13: Sucre - El Alto Airport - La Paz

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Domestic flight Sucre - La Paz.
A private driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, transfer arrival, breakfast buffet , room

Day 14: La Paz - El Alto Airport

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Included : transfer departure

Hostal El Patio   Lima

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

El Patio is an oasis of green with a colonial atmosphere in the heart of the attractive neighbourhood of Miraflores. It has 23 rooms with queen beds and some have kitchenettes.

Night in the hotel Amaru I   Cusco

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel Amaru I is located in the heart of artists district, "San Blas". Its colonial architecture and gardens allow you to enjoy a calm atmosphere just two blocks away from the central square of Cusco.

Night in the hotel Presidente SIA   Aguas Calientes

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Presidente Hotel Machu Picchu is located in the heart of Aguas Calientes, beside the River Vilcanota. It is a clean ans friendly hotel. All rooms have private bathroom and hot water. Some of them have small balconies with great views over the river Vilcanota.

Night in the hotel Balsa Inn   Puno

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Balsa Inn offers cosy accommodation a few meters from the Plaza de Armas, in the heart of Puno. You will enjoy folkloric dances in the restaurant and Wi-Fi and free parking. The rooms of the Hotel Balsa Inn are decorated in cream tones with light wood furniture and with cable TV. The restaurant serves Peruvian cuisine, with dishes such as estofado of alpaca. Also, the bar offers drinks and regional cocktails such as Pisco Sour. A buffet with croissants and jams is served at breakfast.

Night hotel Naira   La Paz

Level : 3*
Included : breakfast buffet , room

Beautiful Naira Hotel is located in the heart of downtown of La Paz. With 22 warm, confortable and big rooms, private bathroom, hot water 24 hours, TV, Phone and room service. The aditional services included, laundry Service, Safety Box, travel agency and restaurant. It also has a cafeteria and Internet. Few steps from San Francisco Church.

Lodging Doña Lupe   Jirira

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Doña Lupe is pleased to welcome you in her little hostal, situated at the northern part of the Uyuni's Salt Flat, at the bottom of the Tunupa volcano. The scenic view over the Salt Lake is simply incredible.The comfort is basic.Its rooms with private bathrooms and toilets, are not heated and the hot water is not always available.

Option : Salar Sector Room

Included :
room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Hotel Tambo Aymara   Uyuni

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Welcome to THE Ethno-Hotel of Uyuni with singles, twins and double rooms all with heating and private bathroom. The hotel has a restaurant, a charming Ethno-bar, a video library and a parking.

Hotel Santa Teresa   Potosi

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel is situated in the historic area of Potosí just a few steps from the historic and touristic landmarks such as churches, monasteries, monuments and Main Square. The building style dates from the colonial era, which is why the facilities were built with a cozy design to provide a warm atmosphere and makes your stay enjoyable.

Hotel de Su Merced ****   Sucre

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This 4 -star hotel, built in 18th century, has a privileged location in the centre of the colonial city, Sucre.This hotel is famous for its beautiful antique furniture, nicely decorated rooms and peaceful sunny terraces full of flowers, which take you back to ancient times. From the highest terraces you may enjoy one of the best panoramic views over our ancient white city, the green mountains behind it and the intense blue of skies.They offer you not only the grand style of the colonial past, but also the convenience and comfort of the modern world, given that all their rooms have been designed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

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