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Peru & Bolivia

Peru & Bolivia
Day 1. Arrival to Lima
Welcome to Peru !!!
You will arrive to the International Airport Jorge Chavez, in Lima, Peru; where a member of our staff will be waiting for you to drive you to your hotel in Miraflores, where you’ll spend the night.
 
Day 2. Lima
We start the tour in the morning with a City Tour of Lima, also Known as “The City of the Kings”, one of the few South American capitals that preserve its colonial past. We’ll visit the San Martín square, the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. In the afternoon, you’ll start your trip to the south toward Paracas, where you’ll spend the night.
 
Day 3. Paracas-Huacachina
You’ll weak up early today to take an excursion around the Ballestas Islands, where you’ll be able to see hundreds of sea lions, Humbolt penguins’ and a great variety of fantastic birds. Right after this visit, you’ll take a bus to continiou your trip to the south toward an oasis called “La Huacachina”, in Ica, where you’ll visit an artisanal wine and pisco storage and where you’d have the chance to try different kinds of Pisco ans wines. Then you’ll have lunch at the oasis, and after that you can get on on 4x4 buggie jeep that will take you into the Ica desert to enjoy the sand dunes and the sunset, and you’d have the chance to practice sandboard too, both of the unforgettable experiences. At the end of the day you’ll spend the night in this beoutiful oasis.
 
Day 4. Nazca
You’ll leave Ica in the morning to continiou your trip toward “Las Líneas de Nazca”, which are one of the world’s largest mysteries on earth. Once there, you could get on plane to overfly this incredible draws and you’ll see: a monkey, a spider and a hummingbird, between others draws. After lunch, you’ll go to a tour to Chauchilla, which is a Pre-Incan cemetery, where we will see 1,500 year old mummies, revealing Nazca as the cradle of Paracas ancient Culture. At the end of the day, you’ll travel in a comfortable nightbus to Arequipa.
 
Day 5. Arequipa
A morning flight takes you to Arequipa, one of the most beautiful cities in Peru, and known as “The White City”, because many of the buildings are made of volcanic clay. This colonial city is surrounded by impressive volcanoes, with “El Misti” standing as a sentinel over the city. You have a City Tour and will also visit the famous Santa Catalina Convent. The city is also known for its great gastronomy and always mild climate.
 
Day 6. Colca Canyon
After breakfast you will be picked up by your guide to go the Colca Canyon, probably one of the deepest canyons in the world, and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the US. On the way you pass through the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca (3800m), where groups of alpacas, vicuñas and sometimes guanacos could be seen in their natural habitat. After few hours, the descent to the Colca Valley begins, passing several villages until you arrive near Chivay,  where you’ll spend the night. Tonight you have the chance to soak in the relaxing hot springs under the star heaven of the southern hemisphere.
 
Day 7. Colca Canyon
We’ll wake up in the Colca Canyon today and we’ll visit the pre-Inca terracing group of Collagua and Cabana on the hillsides. Then we’ll go to the small towns of Coporaque and the ruins of Uyo Uyo, which belong to the Collagua’s and after that, we’ll start the ascent to “the Cruz Del Condor”, where we’d have a unique view of the flight of the condors, and also of the depthess of the canyon. At the end of the day, we spend another nigth here.
 
Day 8. Colca Canyon - Puno
You’re leaving the Colca Canyon and continue your travel through amazing landscapes to Puno, which is a city located at the shores of the Lake Titicaca, in the altiplano region. On the way, you’ll visit the pre-Inca Sillustani funeral towers, located next to the Umayo Lake. These towers are part of one of the largest and most important necropolis in the world. Then you will board a boat and your captain will take you from the little harbor to the beautiful Suasi island where your hotel is located in the middle of the lake.
 
Day 9. Titicaca Lake
We embark in a boat on the highest navigable lake in the world and take a tour to some islands of the Titicaca Lake. First we explore the fascinating floating reed islands of the indigenous “Uros” population, while our local guide explain us about the local traditions of these islands made out of Totora reeds. Then, our trip continues to the island “Amantani”, habited by a self supporting Aymara community. After eating something, we’ll spend the night at their family houses’ as guest, which is a great opportunity to experience rural life in the altiplano.
 
Day 10. Titicaca Lake – Puno
We say goodbye to our host families in the morning and continue our trip navigating to a neighboring island called “Taquile”, which is known for its beautiful weavings and handicrafts. Once we get there, we’ll walk around the island before going to the top to have a nice lunch. We have some time free after the meal, and then, we’ll return to the city in the early afternoon. At the en of the day, we spend the night in Puno.
 
Day 11. Puno - Desaguadero / Tiwanaku – La Paz
A private transfer brings you from Puno to the Desaguadero border where your Bolivian transport will wait for you to go to Tiwanaku. On the way you get a box lunch and you will visit the Lithic and Ceramic Museums, the Akapana Pyramid, the Semi underground Temple, the Kalasasaya Temple with the famous Gate of the Sun and Ponce monolith.
 
Day 12. La Paz
Today you have a city tour of La Paz in the morning. The tour begins visiting Plaza Murillo, where you’ll see the Government Palace, the local Cathedral and the Congress building. Then you’ll have a great cultural experience visiting the Metales Preciosos and Costumbrista museums where you’ll see objects found in the excavations of Tiwanaku archeological site. Then you’ll visit one of the most beautiful churches of the town: San Francisco, a sample of Mestizo Baroque architecture. Nearby there is the biggest handicraft market in town known as the Witches Market, where you will see the most representative offerings for the mother earth (Pachamama). Later the tour will take you to enjoy a fantastic view of the city from the Killi Killi Mirador and you’ll pass by Miraflores to visit samples of Tiwanaku Culture at the open-air museum. There you’ll be witness of a different reality of local society visiting some of the southern neighborhoods such as Obrajes, Calacoto, San Miguel and others. The tour finishes with a visit to moon valley, a spectacular geological formations which gave the name to this spot. The city tour ends around midday, and after the tour you’ll have free time for lunch and the afternoon to relax or explore further on your own.
 
Day 13. La Paz - Uyuni
You will be transferred to the local bus station in the morning to take a three and half hour local bus from La Paz to Oruro, and then you’ll take a train from Oruro to Uyuni. On your way to Uyuni you will be able to see beautiful highland and landscapes. Upon your arrival to Uyuni someone will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.  
(The Train only runs on Tuesday, Friday, Wednesday and Sunday).
 
Day 14. Uyuni – Tahua 4x4
Today you start a 4x4 tour to the Salt Flats of Uyuni where you’ll visit the train cemetery and the Great Salt Flats. On your way you’ll see the village of Colchani, where you’ll visit an artisanal salt processing plant and will watch the salt extraction methods. Then you’ll visit El Palacio de Sal Hotel, the first hotel entirely made of salt, selected among the most unusual hotels of the world. After that your trip continuous to the Incahuasi Island, also known as Fish Island, where you’ll see some giant cactus. Lunch will be served in the middle of the salt flat, and after that, you’ll visit Coquesa Mommies, and then you’ll go back to Tahua.
 
Day 15. Tahua – Uyuni 4x4
The trip continuous toward Chiquini Caves and Coquesa villaje, where you’ll be able to watch the mommies and visit the view point located at the foot hills of Thunupa Volcano. After that, you’ll go back over the salt flat to Uyuni.
 
Day 16. Uyuni - Potosi
A private transport brings you from Uyuni to Potosi (6 hours trip). Once in Potosi, you’ll have a city tour and a visit to la Casa de la Moneda. Then you’ll visit the most important attractions of Potosí, and will see the outside of Compañia de Jesús church, San Lorenzo front, Santo Domingo church, and the mint neighborhood.
 
Day 17. Potosi - Sucre
You’ll be taken to Sucre where you’ll have a city tour of Sucre with a local guide and will visit the church, the convent and the spectacular view of La Recoleta, Indigene Art Museum (ASUR), which shows two different cultures: Tarabuco and Jalq´a, then you’ll visit "Casa de la Libertad" and the main square of Sucre.
 
Day 18. Sucre – La Paz
You’ll be driven to the airport from where you’ll take a flight from Sucre to La Paz in the morning. Once in La Paz, you’ll have the rest of the day free.
 
Day 19. La Paz - Cusco
You’ll take a morning flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca’s Empire, located in the Andes and at 3,400 meter of altitude above the see level. Once there you’ll have a guided City Tour of Cusco and the nearest Inca Ruins’, like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, between others, where you will learn about the fascinating past and present of this City.
 
Day 20. Sacred Valley – Pisac - Ollantaytambo
You make an excursion with our local guide along the Sacred Valley of the Incas and will visit the impressive ruins of Pisac and its famous Indian market. After lunch, you will drive further down the Sacred Valley to the authentic Inca village of Ollantaytambo and after the visit, you’ll go to your hotel in Urubamba to get ready for the Inca Trail and for spending the night.
 
Day 21. Inka Trail
Today you’ll weak up early to join a bus with our team of porters, cook and guide, who’ll pick you up from the hotel in Ollantaytambo and will take us to the starting point of the Inca trail.  As we begin the hike, we’ll pass smaller ruin sites, and the first one in our way is Llactapata.  After some walking, we’ll camp near the town of “Huallabamba”, located around 3,000 meters above the sea level.
 
Day 22. Inka Trail
Our first goal today is climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, also called “Dead Woman´s Pass” and located at 4,198 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest point of the trek.  The second pass of the hike (Runkurukay), is at 3,998 meters, where in clear days, it’s possible to have super views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. The trail goes through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climbing to the third pass, where we’ll walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both of them original lnca constructions.
 
Day 23. Inka Trail
The third highest pass is at 3,700 meters above the sea level, and it’s possible to get beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below from this point (on clear days). We keep walking and soon we’ll reach the serene-looking ruins of Phuyupatamarca, also known as “The Town above the Clouds”, located at about 3,650 meters above the sea level. After some walking, we’ll camp close to Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) for the final night, which is a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and located just from a short hike to Machu Picchu.
 
Day 24. Inka Trail & Machu Picchu
We get up really early today to ascents over some mountains, but our walk will be rewarded with a panoramic and unique view of Machu Picchu. At this pint, we’ll meet up with the rest of the group who decided to take the train instead of the hike.  We´ll have a guided tour of the site, and then you will have time for yourselves to wander around this amazing Inca Ruin, and if you are feeling energetic, there will be time for going up the steep to the “Huayna Picchu,” known as the “young mountain,” which rises behind the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.  From the Huayna Picchu Mountain you’ll have a great view of Machu Picchu from a totally different angle. Around midday, we’ll take the bus that we’ll take us down to the little town of Aguas Calientes, from where we’ll take the train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 25. Lima - Departure
You’ll take a morning flight toward Lima, where you’ll have some free time before flying back home, taking with you memories of an amazing trip and discoveries.


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