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Peru, Bolivia

LANDS OF MYSTERY
Peru, Bolivia

19 days to visit the main sites of Peru and Bolivia. Visit the navel of the World: the Machu Picchu and Cusco, the Inca city and the mysterious Lake Titicaca. You will plunge into the special atmosphere of the Andean city of La Paz. Then you will escape to the Salar and Sud Lipez.
Have a nice trip !

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Lima - Cusco - Sacsayhuaman - Cusco - Q'enqo - Cusco
  • Day 3: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Pisac - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley
  • Day 5: Sacred Valley - Moray - Maras - Moray - Maras - Chinchero - Cusco - Chinchero - Cusco
  • Day 6: Cusco - Puno
  • Day 7: Puno - Uros - Amantani - Uros
  • Day 8: Amantani - Taquile - Puno - Taquile - Puno
  • Day 9: Puno - Desaguadero - La Paz - Desaguadero - La Paz
  • Day 10: La Paz - Oruro - Uyuni - Oruro - Uyuni
  • Day 11: Uyuni - Villamar
  • Day 12: Villamar - Laguna Colorada
  • Day 13: Laguna Colorada - San Juan
  • Day 14: San Juan - Uyuni
  • Day 15: Uyuni - Potosi
  • Day 16: Potosi - Sucre - Potosi - Sucre
  • Day 17: Sucre
  • Day 18: Sucre - El Alto Airport - Sucre - La Paz
  • Day 19: 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 the hotel El Tambo.
Included : private transport, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Sacsayhuaman - Q'enqo - Cusco

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

Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to the hotel.
English speaking assistance from airport to hotel.
Departure for a half-day dedicated to the discovery of the ruins around Cusco (Sacsayhuaman and Q’enqo) and of the historical center: Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral where several paintings of the Cusco School and many gold and silversmithery pieces and precious stone objects are displayed.
Return to the hotel in Cusco.

Night at the hotel Encantada.
Included : private transport, transfer departure, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

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 the hotel Hatun Inti Classic (ex Inti Inn).
Included : private transport, guide expenses, english speaking guide, train ticket, room & breakfast

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley

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.
Return by train to Ollantaytambo.
Reception at the train staion and transfer to the hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Night at the hotel Villa Urubamba.
Included : bus ticket, guide expenses, entrance fees, english speaking guide, train ticket, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Sacred Valley - Moray - Maras - Chinchero - Cusco

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for a day dedicated to the discovery of the Sacred Valley. First stop at the cultural site of Moray, a former Incan agricultural ‘laboratory’.
Then, continuation of the excursion to Maras: salt mines in the middle of the Cordillera! Visit of the village of Chinchero and its colonial church.
Drive back to Cuzco and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel Encantada.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 6: Cusco - Puno

Journey by bus to Puno, town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Wonderful landscapes along the road. We go over the Raya Pass, at an altitude of 4320 meters. Stop at Pukara village, of the archaeological site of Raqchi and of the “Sistine Chapel” of the Andes in Andahuaylillas. Reception and transfer to the hotel in Puno. Lunch included (buffet restaurant at Sicuani).
Note: visitors are not accompanied by a guide on the bus journey. However, a Spanish/English-speaking guide, exclusive to the bus company, participates to the journey and gives information along the way.
Option: the Andes Orient Express operates from November to March on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (and also on Fridays from April to October).


Night at the hotel Intiqa.
Included : entrance fees, bus ticket, lunch, room & breakfast

Day 7: Puno - Uros - Amantani

Early in the morning, transfer to the port of Puno where we embark on the journey to the islands of Uros and Amantani. After a 25-minute cruise, we visit the floating islands. These islands are not natural; they were built by the Uros tribe, whose main activity is fishing. We then head for Amantani (around a 2 and a half hour cruise) where we will be welcomed by a local family who will share their lunch with us. In the afternoon we will take a walk up to the high point of the island and visit the archaeological sites dedicated to Pachamama and Pachapapa.
Dinner and night in the home of a local family.

Note: Very basic accommodations at a local family's home.
Included : room & breakfast, english speaking guide, lunch, dinner, excursion (private)

Day 8: Amantani - Taquile - Puno

In the morning we leave by boat for Taquile (around a 1-hour cruise), a culturally very interesting island where the inhabitants had no contact with the outside world for four centuries and have therefore preserved their ancestral traditions. Visit and lunch (not included) in a local island restaurant. Return trip to Puno in the mid-afternoon and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel Intiqa.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, breakfast, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 9: Puno - Desaguadero

Private transport Puno - Desaguadero, On the way, visit to the aymara villages of Chucuito, Juli and Pomata.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 2: Lima - Cusco


Flight with destination Cusco.
Included : domestic flight, airport tax

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 9: 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 Rosario hotel***.
Included : local guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: La Paz - Oruro - Uyuni

Private Transport La Paz - Oruro
We start the long north to south crossing of the altiplano to Uyuni, small town on the edge of the Salar (12 to 14-hour trip). We meet at the hotel one hour before the bus departure, for a transfer to the bus station of La Paz.
- Tuesdays and Fridays, departure of the bus for Oruro at 9am on tuesday and at 10 a.m. on fridays. Arrival in Oruro at around 1pm-2 p.m., then departure of the train Expreso del Sur for Uyuni at 2:30 on tuesdays and at 3:30 p.m on fridays. Arrival in Uyuni at 9:30 on Tuesdays and at 10:20 p.m. on fridays. Pick up by our team upon arrival.
- Wednesdays and Sundays, departure of the bus for Oruro at 2 p.m. Arrival in Oruro around 6 p.m., then departure of the train Wara-Wara for Uyuni at 7 p.m. Arrival in Uyuni at 2:20 a.m. the next day. Pick up by our team upon arrival.
- Other days, day open. 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 at around 7:30 a.m. Pick up by our team upon your arrival in Uyuni.
Lunch and dinner open (bar-restaurant La Loco recommended). Hotel.

Note 1: for your own comfort, we advise you to do this trip on the train
Note 2: Dining car on board
Note 3: This trip can be done by plane (1 hour flight). On request.

Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel***.
Included : private transport, train ticket, room & breakfast

Day 11: Uyuni - Villamar

We begin today our journey across the Sur Lipez area, elevated region of colorful landscapes and lagoons, rock formations and volcanoes. We will start the day at 09:30 am with the visit of the train cemetery on the outskirts of Uyuni. Here a collection of old rusted train engines remind the glorious mining past of the region. We will then ride south and make different stops on the road to visit villages, in particular the model urbanization of Culpina K. Here the population has decided to waive working in mines and organized to ensure that the whole community can live from the culture of quinoa and from community based tourism. We will have lunch in the village of San Cristobal, where we can visit a beautiful colonial church if we are lucky (it is not always open). We will then cross the region of Rio Grande to reach the village of Villamar (4022 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. Distance covered today in our private jeep: 190 km.

Night at Las Piedritas hostel* (basic comfort).
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport

Day 12: Villamar - Laguna Colorada

During our second day in the Sur Lipez we will discover the most famous highlights of the region. We start the day with the Laguna Colorada (el. 4278 m.a.s.l.). This immense lake of pinkish water owes its name to the presence in its waters of light sensitive phytoplankton, which also attracts thousands of flamingo part of the year. We will then visit the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.), a volcanic crater with sulphur springs and boiling mud. Next stop: the Polques thermal springs. You are almost 4200 m.a.s.l. but get ready to jump into hot water (86°F/30°C), surrounded by an amazing frozen landscape. We will then jump back into the jeeps and ride along the Laguna Salada and the Dali Desert (el. 4750 m.a.s.l.). Here the strong wind has created surprising rock formations that reminds the work of the Spanish master. Short before midday we will reach the Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde (el. 4350 m.a.s.l.), at the foot of volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5704 and 5960 m.a.s.l.). After having driven around 170 km we are here at the very south of Bolivia, close to the border with Chile. From here we will drive 90 km back to the Laguna Colorada, where we will spend the night.

Night in a shelter (basic comfort).
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport

Day 13: Laguna Colorada - San Juan

This morning we head north to the Siloli Desert (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) and its famous “Stone Tree”. Keep your eyes wide open: it is not unusual to spot some viscachas (Andean rabbits) in this area. We will then ride along the Chilean border on the scenic “Route of the Jewels”, which owes its name to all the lagoons along its way: Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda, Cañapa. These lagoons are home to three species of flamingoes. We will stop at the view point of volcano Ollagüe (el. 5868 m.a.s.l.). This volcano is still active and shelters one of the world’s highest open pit copper mines and then cross the small Salar de Chiguana located at the foot of volcano Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.). After a 230 km ride we will reach the village of San Juan (el. 3600 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night. This small village is famous for its surprising mummies of the “Lipez Lords” (1200 after J.C) and its interesting small museum.

Night at La Cabaña de Sal hostel* (basic comfort).
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport

Day 14: San Juan - Uyuni

Today we leave the Sur Lipez and go for a unique moment: driving across the world’s largest salt flat! After a two hour ride we will reach the famous Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.). We will then ride half an hour on the salt desert (34 km) to reach the Island of Incahuasi. This surprising island lost in the middle of the Salar offers an incredible view over the Salar and the several volcanos 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 continue loosing ourselves on the white desert during an hour and a half more (73 km) until arriving to the city of Uyuni. Just before leaving the Salar, we will stop in the village of Colchani to visit its salt exploitation and salt hotel (closed since 2001).

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

Day 15: Uyuni - Potosi

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).

Night at the Santa Teresa hotel***.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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.
Meet at the hotel with your guide at 2:00pm for a tour of La Paz, a city located at almost 4000 m.a.s.l.: the Sagárnaga street and its local handicraft market (one of the most famous of South America), the witches’ street, the San Pedro's food market, the historical center and the colonial area.

Night at the Rosario hotel***.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, transfer arrival, local spanish-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 19: La Paz - El Alto Airport

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

Night in the hotel El Tambo   Lima

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

El Tambo hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores district and just a few steps from the Pacific. The hotel rooms are modern, comfortable and evoke the culture and heritage of the country. The perfect place to discovering the different districts of the peruvian capital.

Night in the hotel Encantada.   Cusco

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This charming hotel is located in the Arts District in San Blas, the heart of Cusco. The modern and elegant infrastructure offers a great comfort, surrounded by magnificent gardens where guests can relax in between various visits to Cusco and surrounding areas. Beyond the discovery of the Inca capital, the location is the ideal starting point to visit some of the most famous tourist attractions in South America such as the magnificent sanctuary of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley sites.

Night in the hotel Hatun Inti Classic (ex Inti Inn)   Aguas Calientes

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hatun Inti Hotel Classic (ex Inti Inn) is a charming hotel located at the foot of Machu Picchu, in the main street of the village of Aguas Calientes. The rooms are cozy and comfortable and the hotel is located close to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes where you can relax after your tour of the citadel.

Hotel Villa Urubamba   Sacred Valley

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Villa Urubamba hotel is implanted in the heart of Sacred Valley in a country setting. Located along the Urubamba River, it offers comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting opening onto a lush garden. Located along the Urubamba River, it offers comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting opening onto a lush garden.

Night in the hotel   Puno

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Located just a 5 minutes walk from the center of Puno, the Intiqa Hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms and equipped with free Wi-Fi. You may try and taste the regional flavours in the restaurant. The Intiqa Hotel offers comfortable rooms decorated with warm tones. They are equipped with cable TV and a private bathroom with shower. Every morning you may enjoy a full breakfast with regional products. Guests will also enjoy local specialties at the restaurant.

Hôtel Rosario   La Paz

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The original house where now Hotel Rosario is located was built in 1928. It's first name was Residencial Rosario. In year 2001 Residencial Rosario changed to Hotel Rosario, because it met all the requirements to be categorized as an hotel with three stars.This hotel offers an excellent comfort and a great quality of services.

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.

Las Piedritas   Villamar

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

This small inn in the village of Villamar is undoubtedly the best place to stay a night or two, enjoy a really fair comfort, good food prepared by the owner all of this for a very affordable price. The rooms are equipped with private bathroom and hot water.

Lodging Don Fidel   Laguna Colorada

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast

This basic comfort shelter is situated in Huallajara, very close to the Laguna Colorada. Don Fidel and his daughter Pascuala manage the shelter together. The scenic view over the Laguna from the shelter is just stunning.

Hotel La Cabaña de Sal   San Juan

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

The Cabaña de Sal is a nice little hotel built with salt blocks coming from the salt flat lake. The rooms are comfortable with private bathroom and hot water. There is no heating in the rooms.

Option : Accommodation driver

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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