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13 DAYS PERU & BOLIVIA

13 days in the South American countries of Peru and Bolivia is absolutely heaven. On this holiday you will be able to experience and explore everything about these 2 amazing countries, from Lima to Cusco, Aztec Machu Picchu to La Paz. There will be something for everyone on this holiday.

 

Arrive in Lima, the capital city of Peru and rest for the night before transferring to Cusco the next day where guests will be able to visit various impressive sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Convent of Santa Domingo, and the many colonial buildings that Peru’s capital has held for centuries. Lima is an amazing city just waiting to be discovered.

 

La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia, and the highest capital city in the world is often overlooked as a place to take a holiday, but on this holiday you will be visiting this city. Sagarnaga Street markets hold the treasures that you will be able to purchase and take back as souvenirs for those back home, from traditional handicrafts unique to Bolivia to amazing statuettes that can be found in museums around the world.

 

Taking the 13 day trip around Peru and Bolivia is definitely going to be a life changing experience, so it is advisable to take this holiday.

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for a good rest.

Day 2: Lima – Cusco (B)

Transfer to the Airport to take your flight to Cusco. Arrival in Cusco meet and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour of Cusco takes in the impressive Plaza de Armas, with its cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing zigzagged walls were built to defend the city. The once great capital of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America and its streets present a rich treasure trove of archaeological remains, as well as a dazzling array of monuments to its colonial heritage. The afternoon is free to continue exploring at your leisure, enjoying the captivating atmosphere of one of the most engaging cities in the Americas.

Day 3: Cusco – Sacred Valley (B/L)

Full day tour of the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the towns of Pisac and their famous market and the ruins at Ollantaytambo. This mighty fortress enjoys the rare honour of being the setting for one of the only defeats inflicted on the Spanish conquistadors by the Incas, when Hernando Pizarro was forced to flee back to Cusco after failing to breach the citadel in 1536.

Day 4: Cusco – Machu Picchu (B)

This morning travel by Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (approximately 2 hours), the famous ‘Lost City’ of the Incas. Enjoy a guided tour of what is surely one of the most spectacular archaeological sites anywhere on earth. Hidden amongst the breathtaking Andean mountains, until its ‘discovery’ in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, the city is a quite exceptional collection of tombs, temples, stairways and palaces that served as a major ceremonial and agricultural centre for the Inca Empire.


Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)

The morning is free to revisit the site on your own, or simply relax amidst the stunning mountain landscapes (include a second entry ticket to the ruins for you) before the afternoon train back to Cusco.

Day 6: Cusco - Puno (B)

This morning board the ‘Andean Explorer’ to Cusco, crossing the high altiplano and passing along the Rio Vilcanota. During this 10 hour, highly scenic journey, a three course lunch is served on board and a stop at La Raya, provides an opportunity to take in the local vendors selling an array of locally made rugs and clothes at the highest point on the line (4,321 mt). On arrival in Puno, meet and transfer to your hotel.

Day 7: Puno – Uros Y Taquile (B/L)

The highest navigable lake on the planet, Titicaca sits on the ‘altiplano’, the high barren plateau that extends across Peru and Bolivia. Lying at over 3,800 mt above sea level this immense lake has been the home to Aymara and Quechua tribes for centuries and this morning a boat ride is included to visit islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. Taquile is essentially a communal island where "Hands On Tourism" is practiced and it is world famous for the coloring and originality of its fabrics and garments, as well as for its music.

Day 8: Titicaca Catamaram Cruise – La Paz (B/L)

Early private land transfer to Copacabana Sanctuary, board the Catamaran Cruise Ship, snack on board while sailing to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain followed by the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids. Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Catamaran Cruise Ship to Chua harbor while enjoying a buffet lunch on board, private land transfer to La Paz.

Day 9: La Paz City Tour & Moon Valley (B/L)

Pick up from the hotel and visit the famous Witch Doctor's Market, San Francisco Colonial Church and the typical handicrafts of the Sagarnaga Street. The tour continues to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. Visit to the Museum of Folklore and Ethnography, an architectural monument whose main wall shows a Mestizo Barroqui style. This estate belonged to the Marquez of Villa Verde, were among its exhibition rooms the pottery, textiles and plume art stand out. Continue to the famous colonial street Jaen where interesting museums are clustered together followed by the visit to the replica of the semi subterranean temple of the Tiwanaku Culture and Drive to Killi Killi a scenic view point from were the contrasts of the city of La Paz surrounded by snowcapped mountains can be appreciated. Lunch at local restaurant. To change scenery the tour continues to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida a stroll around the commercial area, visiting boutiques with exclusive baby alpaca products and renowned jewelry stores. Visit to the unique Moon Valley, where passengers will have the opportunity to walk around, and visit a ceramic workshop with a demonstration of the art of pottery.

Day 10: La Paz – Uyuni – Colchani (B/L/D)

Transfer to airport in the morning. Fly La Paz / Uyuni Z8 100 0815/0915 – Daily (1h)

Upon arrival, be met and start your adventure with a visit to the Incahuasi Island, located in the heart of the Salt Flats . Experience a very unique ecosystem, where you can see cactus up to 12 meter high, and you get a stunning view of the Salt Flats from the top of the island. After this, you’ll head to Coquesa for lunch and then to the Tunupa volcano to see the Coquesa mummies.
Late in the afternoon, we return to Colchani and check into the famous Salt Hotel.

Day 11: Colchani – Potosi - Sucre (B/L/D)

Pick up from Salt Hotel and drive 4 hours to Potosi, visiting on route the Pulacayo mine. Potosi was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1987. You will visit the San Lorenzo church, La Compañia Tower, the Cobija Arch and the Royal Mint. Then continue 2.5 hours to Sucre and check into your hotel.

Day 12: Sucre (B/L)

Visit the City of Four Names, each name representing a specific period in history. We will start our tour with a visit to the Convent of La Recoleta Museum, one of Sucre’s many churches and convents. See the admirable facades of the churches of San Lazaro and Santo Domingo. We will also pass by the University’s Museum, the Textile Asur Museum, Jalk’a and Tarabuco exhibitions, the Cemetery and many of its main historical monuments.

We will have lunch in a restaurant before continuing to the House of Freedom Historical Museum, the most important building of the nation. We will then move on to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the first and most important religious museum of the country with countless works by Colonial and Republican masters.

Day 13: Sucre – Lima (B)

Transfer to airport in the morning.

Fly Sucre / Santa Cruz 5L 133 1345/1415 – Daily except Sat/Sun (30m)
Santa Cruz / Lima LA 2563 1625/1800 – Mon/Fri/Sun (2h 35m)

Meet and rest in day use room in Ramada Hotel opposite the airport until your departure flight.

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City

Hotel

 Room Category

Lima

Casa Andina Private collection

Standard room

Puno

Libertador Lago Titicaca Hotel

Superior room

Cusco

Monasterio Hotel

Superior room

Machu Picchu

Sanctuary Lodge Hotel

Superior room

La Paz

Europa Hotel

Executive room

Uyuni

Luna Salada Hotel

Standard room

Sucre

Parador Snata Maria Real

Classic room

           

Our Services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room in selected hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking local guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Andean explorer from Cusco to Puno
  • Vistadome train to Machu Picchu  

Our Services do not include:

  • Visa (Visa required for certain nationalities)
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
  • International & domestic flights (quoted separately)
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