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Peru & Bolivia With The Inca Trail

Peru & Bolivia With The Inca Trail

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Why you'll love this trip

This is a 20-day trip example, created for the Brouckaert family from Belgium (two parents and 3 teenagers). They wanted to discover the main attractions of Peru and Bolivia combined with some adventure activities such as surfing, sandboarding, mountain biking and hiking of the Inca Trail for 4 days. They also spent one night in a local house at the Luquina community and had a great journey while being on a 4×4 jeep tour at the Salt Flats of Uyuni.

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Example trip itinerary

Day 1. Arrival to Lima

Welcome to Peru and the City of Kings!  Upon your arrival, a member of our staff is waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Miraflores.

Day 2. Travel along the coast and hike in the Paracas reserve

In the morning, we pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the station to take the 3.5-hour Cruz del Sur bus to Paracas. Upon arrival, you are transferred to the hotel. Then, you visit the Paracas National Reserve. Our first stop is Sequion beach to observe migratory birds. Then, we walk along the shore for 30 minutes and appreciate beautiful landscapes. After that, we get into a canyon for 30 minutes and admire the sub-tropical desert. Finally, we go to Lagunillas beach where we can take an optional fresh bath and then go back to the hotel. (B)

Day 3. Speed boat around the Ballestas Islands, desert oasis & sandboarding

In the morning, we board a speed boat to head to the Ballestas Islands, a group of rocky formations that are home to important marine fauna like guano birds, Humboldt penguins and sea wolves. On the way, we pass by the Candelabrum, a very big figure traced in the sand which purpose is still a mystery. We return to the dock and then take the bus to Ica. Upon arrival, you are then transferred to the Huacachina lagoon. In the afternoon, we enjoy the desert by doing sandboarding and having a moment of adrenaline at the buggy cars. Then, we return to the station to take the 5-hour bus back to Lima. We arrive and you are transferred to the hotel. (B)

Day 4. The city of Arequipa

We pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport to take the flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival you are transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, we start the excursion visiting the main, popular, “San Camilo” market of Arequipa that opened its door to the public for the first time in 1881 and was declared Historical Heritage in 1987. After this, we continue our tour visiting the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) and the Compañía Church, famous because of its incredible baroque style and the colorful Cupola of Saint Ignacio. We escape to the past, visiting two interesting places of the city: El Tambo “La Cabezona” – which is a multifamily neighborhood located in the historic center- and after this your guide brings you to The Monastery of Santa Catalina, a monument that belongs to the most important attractions of Arequipa city because it keeps behind its walls more than three centuries of history. (B)

Day 5. Towards the Colca Canyon

In the morning, we start our journey towards Chivay. First, we make a stop in “Salinas and Aguada Blanca” National Reserve to observe wild vicuñas. Moving on we arrive in “Alto Sumbay”, an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve. Continuing the road, we pass “Tocra”, a high plain at more than 4,400 meters, where we observe lakes with wild birds. The highest point of our tour is “Pata Pampa” at 4910 meters where we observe the Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca and Mismi volcanos. Finally, we arrive in Chivay where we have lunch and then are transferred to the hotel. (B, L)

Day 6. Colca Canyon and condors

In the morning, we arrive at “Cruz Del Condor” with enough time to have an enjoyable view of the depth of the Canyon and, if weather permits, take majestic pictures of the flight of the condors. Back to Chivay we stop in some viewpoints and towns like Yanque and Maca. We then arrive in Chivay where you can have lunch. We travel 5 hours to the city of Puno and then get transferred to the hotel. (B, L)

Day 7. Titicaca Lake and local community homestay

We pick you up from the hotel in the morning and go to the little lake harbor. From here, you go on a boat to the floating reed islands of the indigenous Uros people to learn about a very particular life style. Your local guide explains you the history, customs and habits of the locals. After that, you continue to Taquile Island (UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site) where you make a hike on the island and have lunch and learn about the different local traditions here.  At the end of the day, we take you to the Aymara community of Luquina Chica, where you spend the night with a local family.  An excellent way to experience life in the Andes. (B, L, D)

Day 8. Lake Titicaca

In the morning you spend some time doing daily activities in the community with your host family (this may be: feeding animals, cooking bread, fish, take care of the small children, harvest quinoa, plant potatoes, etc.) We have lunch and return to Puno. (B, L)

Day 9. Crossing the border to La Paz and visit the Tiawanaku ruins

Your driver and guide pick you up from your hotel in the morning to drive you to the border at Desaguadero to then go to Bolivia. On the way to La Paz, we make a stop at the Tiawanaku ruins to explore impressive temples, pyramids and stone doors. The Tiawanaku culture had incredible artisanship and skills to create such architecture. You spend the night at the buzzling city of La Paz. (B)

Day 10. Expedition at the Uyuni Salt Flats

You are picked up from your hotel in the morning and taken to La Paz airport for a short flight to Uyuni. Upon arrival you are transferred to start the tour in the train cemetery (old steam locomotives used in mining). Then we continue to the town of Colchani where we appreciate the processing of handicrafts made of salt. We will also visit the salt hotel (salt museum). The lunch is in the center of El Salar. Finally, we visit the Incahuasi Island (rocky island in the middle of the salt) with giant cactus and return to Uyuni to sleep. (B, L, D)

Day 11. Expedition at the Uyuni Salt Flats

We start the day visiting the smaller lagoons like Canapa, Hedionda, Chiarkhota and Honda. Then we visit the stone tree (geomorphological formation of the rocky mushroom-type due to the erosion of the wind). Lunch on route. (B, L, D)

Day 12. Expedition at the Uyuni Salt Flats and return to La Paz

We have breakfast and then visit Laguna Colorada where the red of its water is due to the sediments of algae. We also see the geysers with different colors of mud boiling. Lunch on route. Then we visit the green lagoon and Licancabur volcano. We return to Uyuni and are transferred to the airport. We flight back to La Paz and then are transferred to the airport. (B, L)

Day 13. City tour in Cusco

At a proper time, we pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport to take the flight to Cusco. You are picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, we start the city tour, which includes the visit to the main square, the Cathedral, the Koricancha temple, San Blas, 12-angle stone, San Pedro Market and the ruins around the city like Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman. (B)

Day 14. The Sacred Valley of the Incas

In the morning, we start the tour with a visit of the colorful market of Pisac to see how locals make handicrafts, visit the goldsmith’s shop, textiles and more. Then we visit the ruins of Pisac, where you enjoy Inca’s platforms, walls, cemeteries and more. We have lunch in a local restaurant. Finally, we move to Ollantaytambo. (B, L)

Day 15. Mountain Biking in Maras and Moray

A great way to spend the morning mountain biking in Peru – this trip is a stunner! During the 5,000 feet of all-downhill biking, there is a big chance to see herds of llamas, the massive glacier of Veronica, waterfalls, and authentic Andean lifestyles of simple stone huts and potato farms. We start in Ollantaytambo and drive one hour up the road to the pass of Abra Malaga, which lies at nearly 4400 meters above sea level and at the foot of the massive glacier of Veronica. From there, we begin a 50-kilometer descent that is one of the longest possible in the world, through gorgeous terrains. This ride is all downhill on a smooth paved road and is truly suitable for anyone who can ride a bicycle. We have done this trip for nearly ten years and have successfully completed it hundreds of times. We leave at 9am and return around 1.30 pm. After lunch, we start our tour in the Ollantaytambo fortress, considered a former Inca administrative center. (B, L)

Day 16. Start of the Inca Trail

We pick you up at the hotel and travel to km 82 where you start the Inca trail with the professional team. We walk near the Vilcanota river until arriving to the Llactapata archaeological complex where we have lunch and then continue up to Huayllabamba (3000 meters above sea level) where we camp our first night.  There are 11 km of trekking in 6 hours approximately. (B, L, D)

Day 17. Pass of the “dead woman” at the Inca Trail

After breakfast, the most difficult part of the trek toward the highest part of the Inca trail called Warmiwaniusca -or “dead woman”- at 4200 meters above sea level starts, from where we have a panoramic view of the whole area. We have lunch and then descend to Pacaymayo (3600 meters) where we camp for the second night. There are 7 km of trekking in 7 hours approximately.  (B, L, D)

Day 18. Visit Runkurakay Complex at the Inca trail

Trek starts after breakfast until arrival to Runkurakay, the most important complex after Machu Picchu. We then visit the Sayacmarca citadel. Finally, we descend until arriving to Winaywayna (2650 m.) where we camp for the third time. There are 11 km of trekking in 10 hours approximately. (B, L, D)

Day 19. Visit of Machu Picchu

Very early in the morning and after breakfast, we start our trek to arrive in Machu Picchu at sunrise. We pass Inti Punku from where we have an amazing panoramic view of the entire citadel. Then we walk around the Inca citadel for 3 hours visiting precincts, plazas, temples, and sacred fountains. Then we take the bus to go down to Aguas Calientes and then the train back to Ollantaytambo. (B)

Day 20. Back to Lima for surfing classes / Flight back home

In the morning, we flight back to Lima. Then we travel to the “Barranquito” beach to enjoy a 1.5-hour surfing class and then do a city tour visiting the colonial part of Lima downtown and the modern part in Miraflores. Finally, we transfer you to the airport to take your international flight. (B)

  1. Activities & Entrances:
  • Tour to the Ballestas islands (shared service)
  • Tour to the National Reserve of Paracas (private service)
  • Tour of buggies and sandboard (private service)
  • Walking city tour in Arequipa and Santa Catalina (private service)
  • Tour to the Colca Canyon (shared service)
  • Tour to Uros, Taquile and Luquina (private service)
  • Tour in Tiwanaku (private service)
  • Tour to Uyuni salt flats for 3 days and 2 nights (private service)
  • City tour in Cusco (private service)
  • Tour to Pisac (private service)
  • Mountain biking Abra Malaga and Ollantaytambo (private service)
  • Inca Trail of 4 days and 3 nights (private service)
  • Tour to Machu Picchu (private service)
  • Surfing classes (private service)
  • City tour in Lima (private service)
  • All entrances, guide and tickets for all the places

 

  1. Transportation:
  • All transfers to/from airports and train/bus stations
  • Bus from Lima to Paracas
  • Bus from Paracas to Ica
  • Bus from Ica to Lima
  • Flight from Lima to Arequipa
  • Private transportation from Puno to La Paz
  • Flight from La Paz to Uyuni round trip
  • Flight from La Paz to Cusco
  • Shuttle bus: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
  • Flight from Cusco to Lima

 

  1. Accommodation:

Based on characterful, clean, small, locally owned 3-star hotels in double and triple rooms with a private bathroom

During the Inca trail you sleep 3 nights in North Face Expedition tents

 

Hotels:

  • Lima: Los Girasoles
  • Paracas: Emancipador
  • Arequipa: Queens Villa
  • Colca: Casa Mamayachi
  • Puno: Qelqatani
  • La Paz: Casa de Piedra Boutique
  • Uyuni: Palacio de Sal  and  Mallcu cueva
  • Cusco: Tikawasi
  • Sacred Valley: Samanapaq

 

  1. Food:
  • All breakfasts (at the hotels)
  • Other meals mentioned in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Full board in Uyuni
  • Full board during the Inca trail

 

  1. Guiding:
  • Professional local English-speaking guides in each location
  • Support from Vamos Expeditions staff 24/7
  • Other food not mentioned above (our guides will give you good advice on where to eat well)
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses, extra activities and tips.
  • International flights.

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