From Lima to La Paz these two neighbouring countries are the perfect destinations for travelers who crave adventure and culture. This spectacular 13-day tour will take you on journey through mysterious ancient ruins, Andean Mountain ranges, breathtaking Lake Titicaca, elegant colonial cities, and a melting pot of diverse indigenous cultures who continue to practise their old customs and traditions.
Minimum 2 passengers
Half day City Tour of Lima
Visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima the “City of Kings”, beginning in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Pass by a Huaca or sacred pre-Inca site. There will then be a stop at Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) in Miraflores for its magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean. The tour also includes the Historic Centre based on the Main Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop´s Palace, the Municipality of Lima and the Cathedral are located, as well as a visit to one of the largest colonial-era convents.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco.
Suggested flight LA2027 LIM/CUZ Departure 0944 – Arrival 1111 – not included
Upon arrival in Cusco one of our representatives will meet you and then you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley allows better acclimatization due to its lower altitude compared to Cusco city. Have the rest of the day at leisure to rest and get used to the altitude.
Full day Sacred Valley Tour. Visit to Chinchero market to appreciate beautiful textiles, before visiting the Chinchero church, built in 1607. Travel to Ollantaytambo, where you will find the imposing Inca fortress that bears the same name. This place is of great historical importance, because it is where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish forces in 1538. Descend to the town of Ollantaytambo which stands out for still maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of his original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone alleys. You can tour the town and visit the local market. Afternoon train to Machu Picchu.
Overnight at selected hotel in the Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
Tour of Machu Picchu
You are going to visit one of the most important energy centres of the world: Machu Picchu. You will be driven to the archaeological site, for an unforgettable experience, with a professional tour guide to share with you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train later that afternoon for the return trip. Once you have arrived at Poroy Station, you will be driven to your hotel.
Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco
DAY AT LEISURE IN CUSCO
Enjoy the charm of this beautiful colonial city that was built upon the remains of amazing Inca buildings. Not to miss: Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), San Blas artisan’s neighborhood, the Cathedral and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH ADDITIONAL COST:
PM CITY TOUR, SACSAYHUAMAN, AND NEARBY ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES (SIB)
The afternoon is set aside for a tour of the incredible colonial city, whose buildings the Spanish constructed on top of the foundations of Incan palaces. You begin at Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, to witness the exquisite stonework achieved by the Incas. Next stop is the Main Square for a tour of the Cathedral to see its fabulous woodcarvings and impressive altars and the lovely Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ). Next, head upwards to Sacsayhuaman, a fortress located in a strategic spot high above the city with a view that is absolutely stunning. You will also visit the archaeological complex of Kenko, and you will have a panoramic view of Puca Pucara.
At the scheduled time, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the bus station to take the departure from Cusco to Puno.
First stop is Andahuaylillas, which has a beautiful 17th Century church containing an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After that, the ruins at Racchi -also known as the “Temple of Wiracocha”- the different zones of which were used for different purposes. After this visit, you will enjoy a typical and delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will visit the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, basically a military camp that also functioned as an administrative center. Finally, you will arrive at the bus station in Puno.
Upon your arrival. Transfer in from bus station to hotel.
Travel by private transport, along the shores of Lake Titicaca to Copacabana, a pleasant town on the shores of the lake. Visit its church and the famous “Virgen Morena”. Travel by boat, crossing the lake to the Island of the Sun (1 hour) until Huacani to have an Aptapi (typical lunch in the highlands). The trip continues by boat up to the ruins of Pilkokaina Inca temple.
Overnight in Sun Island
Ecolodge La Estancia – Standard Cabin
An amazing spot located on the southern part of the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca. It was built preserving the Andean architecture and combining with the modern comfort, always respecting the harmony of the surrounding nature and habitat. The cabins were constructed with adobe brick and thatch roofs, and are set between pre-Inca terraces. We use solar energy and recycle waste at all levels.
Hike down through Yumani visiting the Inca stairs and the Water of the Eternal Youth, then take a trip north by boat to visit Chincana ruins and the Sacred Rock (1 hour); continue by boat to the Island of the Moon (1 hour) and the Inca ruins of Iñak Uyu temple to finally reach Copacabana (1 ½ hours). Private transportation to La Paz (3 ½ hours) with amazing views of the Andes Royal Range.
City Tour with Shoe-shiners (walking tour)
A unique visit to the popular neighbourhoods and markets of La Paz, guided by a “lustra bota” or shoe-shiner will provide different impressions of this unique city. Meeting with the “lustra guide” outside the former train terminal of La Paz. Hop on, on one of the many telefericos (cable cars) lines this vibrant city has, the Red Line, and get off where the walking tour starts, the main cemetery. After a short visit, continue walking to “Fish Street Market”, the “Flower Market” and the “Uruguay Market” where various species of animals and food can be seen. The tour continues to Eloy Salmón Street, lined with shops and stalls selling the latest technology and to the “Cholitas Market” where Cholitas (local ladies) can be seen shopping for traditional skirts and blankets. The tour concludes at the famous witches’ market on Linares and Sagarnaga Streets where we will learn a little bit of Andean cosmovision
Day at leisure.
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH ADDITIONAL COST:
CITY TOUR AND VALLEY OF THE MOON (HALF DAY) – (MINIMUM 02 PASSENGERS)
A 4 hours city tour through La Paz, elected as one of the 7 wonder cities in the world, located in a valley at the foothills of the Andes Range, situated at 3,632m / 11942 ft. above sea level. The tour goes through the street markets rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft items, followed by a visit to the colonial section of the city, San Francisco Church, Gold Museum, Murillo Square also visit to the viewpoint “Mirador de Killi Killi”; and the outdoor replica of Tiwanaku temple. Then descending to the more modern, southern part of La Paz to reach and visit the Valley of the Moon, where a clay mountain has been impressively shaped by erosion. Ride by cable car “Teleférico”, it’s an excellent choice to discover an excellent and beautiful view of La Paz. This is a must for every one!
Note: cable car ride can change day according to the itinerary
Overnight in La Paz
Meals included: Breakfast
Transfer to the airport. Morning flight from La Paz to Uyuni.
Early flight LPB/UYU (first flight available) – not included
Enjoy hotels facilities: Pool, Jazuzzi, Sauna.
*OPTIONAL EXTRA COST
Dinner at Palacio de Sal Hotel
Beverages not included
Overnight in Palacio de Sal Hotel (Breakfast included)
This is an amazing hotel with walls, ceilings, chairs and tables made in salt. The purpose of this special construction is to be in balance with nature and the surrounding landscape also to enjoy a pleasant and unforgettable rest Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (picnic in the middle of the salt flat) and dinner at the hotel.
SALT FLATS UYUNI (FULL DAY)
Departure from Uyuni to the great salt flats; visit on the way, the Train Cemetery where the remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives are. stop in Colchani as this is the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction; next to Incahuasi Island (known as Fish Island), this is an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by giant cactus up to 10 meters high. Continue north to visit the pre-Columbian Pucara de Ayque fort
and the nearby chullpares on the foothills of Thunupa volcano. Finally, at appropriate time go back to Uyuni village.
Included: Picnic lunch in the middle of the salt flats.
OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:
LUXURY COCKTAIL DURING THE SUNSET – (MINIMUM 02 PASSENGERS)
A spectacular time in Uyuni salt flats enjoying a luxury cocktail in the middle of this beautiful and huge salt desert during an incredible sunset. Included: Snacks (Ham, cheese, nuts, olives, bread) and wine.
OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:
STAR WATCHING EXPERIENCE – (MINIMUM 02 PASSENGERS)
Have an extraordinary experience in the middle of Uyuni salt flats at night. It will be a trip to the stars while staying on the earth with an indescribable feeling. (This visit depends on the weather).
Included: a cup of hot beverage (non-alcoholic)
OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:
SUNRISE IN UYUNI SALT FLATS – (MINIMUM 02 PASSENGERS)
Start the day very early in the morning, with a transfer to Uyuni salt flats. Once there, enjoy the landscape full of peace surrounded by water, salt and specially the spectacular sunrise. It will be a moment that will last the rest of your life. (This visit depends on the weather). Included: a cup of hot beverage (non-alcoholic)
Transfer to the nearby airport for a flight to La Paz.
Early flight UYU/LPB (first flight available) – not included
El Alto airport is currently the highest International airport in the world at 4,080m/13.115 ft. above sea level.
Transfer from airport to hotel, via a short highway from which there is a nice view over the city of La Paz and nearby snow-capped mountains.
- 12 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels
- All meals are as per itinerary (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
- Airport Transfers
- Excursions with guides
- Tours and services as per itinerary
- Any items not mentioned as included