Ancient Cultures In Peru & Bolivia

Overview

A luxury tour of Bolivia and Peru is the perfect way to tick off some of your dreams. Cruising on Lake Titicaca? Capture epic photographs at the world’s largest salt flats at Uyuni? Watching the sunrise over the Andean pinnacles at Machu Picchu? This tour combines Southern Peru’s finest sights (including the city of Arequipa, the deep Colca Canyon, the Inca capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and, of course, Machu Picchu) with the best of Bolivia (including Lake Titicaca, the Salt Flats of Uyuni, dynamic La Paz and the charming colonial city of Sucre).


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit rural communities in the Sacred Valley towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
  • Immerse yourself in local life with visits to remote Andean villages that are, for most tourists, unchartered territory.
  • Embark on a private city tour of Cusco, whose fascinating streets feature a unique concoction of Inca ruins and colonial constructions.
  • Scale the ancient stone stairway up Machu Picchu’s neighboring peak, Huayna Picchu./li>
  • Tour Machu Picchu with your very own expert guide.
  • Enjoy enriching experiences with local artists at their workshops.
  • Special visits to local indigenous communities on the islands of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake.
  • Wander around La Paz’s witches’ market.
  • Gasp at the jaw-dropping views of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real mountain range.
  • Drive around the Salt Flats of Uyuni on a private 4×4.
  • Explore Bolivia’s celebrated spots and unexpected gems.

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
WELCOME TO LIMA
  • Arrival in Lima
DAY 2
EXPLORING PERU’S CITY OF KINGS
  • Fly to Lima / Tour of colonial Lima
DAY 3
OVER THE ANDES TO THE SACRED VALLEY
  • Flight from Lima to Cusco – private car to the Sacred Valley
DAY 4
DELVING INTO PAST AND PRESENT IN THE SACRED VALLEY
DAY 5
THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS: MACHU PICCHU
  • Machu Picchu!
DAY 6
HIKING HUAYNA PICCHU
  • Hike a coveted limited-entry hike with your guide, Return to Cusco
DAY 7
EXPLORING THE IMPERIAL CITY OF CUSCO
  • Private Walking Tour of Cusco
DAY 8
TOWARD LAKE TITICACA
  • Fly to Juliaca (Puno), transfer to hotel (group service)
DAY 9
LAKE TITICACA’S MAGICAL ISLANDS
  • A boat tour of the Uros floating islands and Taquile (group service)
DAY 10
ON TO BOLIVIA
  • Overland transfer to La Paz and free time in the afternoon
DAY 11
THE SALAR DE UYUNI
  • Fly to Uyuni and tour the spectacular salt flats
DAY 12
EXPLORING LA PAZ AND CURIOUS LANDSCAPES
  • Return to La Paz, city tour and wonder at the Valley of the Moon
DAY 13
BIDDING FAREWELL TO SOUTH AMERICA
  • Transfer to airport and fly home

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

WELCOME TO LIMA

A CuscoPeru Travel representative will meet you at the airport in Lima; take you to your hotel. After a long flight, you are bound to be a little tired you catch up on sleep ahead of tomorrow’s activities.

Overnight in Lima
Meals Included: None
DAY 2

EXPLORING PERU’S CITY OF KINGS

After breakfast, we will take on a private tour of Lima that will show you to the beautiful colonial center of the city. Visit the Lima Cathedral and the Convent of San Francisco. You will also get to see Casa Aliaga. The same family has occupied one of the oldest mansions in the New World, this history-steeped house since its construction in 1535.The afternoon will be yours to spend as you please. You might want to hit the shops, further explore the historic center or making the most of your hotel’s luxurious facilities.

Overnight in Lima
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 3

OVER THE ANDES TO THE SACRED VALLEY

Transfer to the airport following breakfast for your morning flight to Cusco. Glance out the plane window for a bird’s-eye view of the topography as the flatter desert coast transitions to the Andes. We will meet you in Cusco then transfer you out to the more manageable altitudes of the Sacred Valley.
However, it is just 45 minutes from Cusco, the Sacred Valley is at a lower altitude and therefore, better for acclimatizing. We will take to Awana Kancha Living Museum, where you can observe traditional weavers spinning their yarn and meet the llamas, alpacas and other furry camelids who supply them with their wool.

Overnight in Sacred Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch
DAY 4

DELVING INTO PAST AND PRESENT IN THE SACRED VALLEY

Today, you will enjoy a private tour around the ruins and markets of Cusco’s Sacred Valley. Wander the slender streets of the valley town of Ollantaytambo and look for original Inca features, the babbling street canals and trapezoidal doors. Climb the agricultural terraces to reach the ancient fortress, where the Incas gained a rare victory over the Spanish conquistadors.
From there, you will continue on to the market town of Pisac with your private guide. Inspect the colorful crafts and textiles. End the day with a private guide of Pisac’s Inca ruins, which sit high up on a mountain ridge above the town.
At the end of the day, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel for a quiet evening.

Overnight in Sacred Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch
DAY 5

THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS: MACHU PICCHU

In the morning, we will board the train in Ollantaytambo for our journey to Machu Picchu. Watch the cloud jungle pass by through the large glass windows! Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, we will have an early lunch in order to refuel before ascending to Peru’s lost citadel.
After a bus ride to the gates to Machu Picchu, you will pass through the main gates with your private guide and emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu. The incredible Inca stone construction is spread below. Your expert guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city. Upon conclusion of your tour, return for an evening in Aguas Calientes.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch
DAY 6

Hiking Huayna Picchu

This morning, board the bus with your guide and return to the front gates of Machu Picchu.
We have secured hiking permits Huayna Picchu! Delight in an alternate perspective of Machu Picchu from the top of what is certainly a true feat of engineering.
Descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and your return train to Ollantaytambo. We will be waiting in the station for you and will bring you to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight in Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch
DAY 7

EXPLORING THE IMPERIAL CITY OF CUSCO

After breakfast set off to explore the colonial streets and plazas of Cusco. Hear about how this Inca city was once full of Inca treasures and gold. See the Santo Domingo monastery, which sits atop the ancient Inca temple of the sun and the incredible colonial Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas – one of the most stunning displays of colonial opulence in the city.
Later, we will go to the countryside to visit the fortress of Sacsayhuamán – where the Incas staged a great battle against the conquistadors – the temple of Q’enko, and the red fortress of Puca Pucara. Here, you will see Inca stonework at its finest; not even a blade of grass can fit between the impeccably cut stones.
Back in Cusco, you will have a free afternoon.

Overnight in Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 8

TOWARD LAKE TITICACA

Fly to Juliaca, in the morning. Here, the CuscoPeru Travel, who are based nearby, will meet you and they will accompany you your hotel.
On arrival, you given time to settle in, explore and enjoy tea before the afternoon’s activities. You might want to hop in the saddle for gentle bike-ride around the remote shores of Lake Titicaca or paddle a kayak on the lake, looking out for indigenous bird species, striking landscapes and the totora reeds.

Overnight in Puno
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch
DAY 9

LAKE TITICACA’S MAGICAL ISLAND

Today, you will visit some of the island communities who make their home on the shores of Lake Titicaca. At 12,500 feet above sea level, Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake. Its high-altitude setting means that even when the sun shines, the wind can be chilly, so be sure to wrap up.
Visit the incredible floating islands of Uros, which are home to a self-sufficient island community. For centuries, the Uros people have lived on these man-made islands, which they build and continually maintain themselves using local totora reeds. Their houses and boats are also made of reeds.
Next, travel by motorboat to the large and all-natural island of Taquile. The Quechua-speaking, traditionally dressed residents – who are renowned for their skillful, Peruvian textiles. After marveling at their knitting patterns, you will return to your hotel.

Overnight in Puno
Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch
DAY 10

ON TO BOLIVIA

Meet your private guide and driver for the journey over to the high-altitude city of La Paz in Bolivia. As you cruise along, enjoy views out the window of shimmering lakes and distance snow-tipped mountains.
Once you arrive in La Paz, we will take you up to the Laicacota mirador (viewpoint) and for a sky-high jaunt in the city’s cable car so you can familiarize yourself with the layout.

Overnight in La Paz
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 11

THE SALAR DE UYUNI

Take a flight to Uyuni, a small town in the middle of the Altiplano desert on the edge of the biggest salt flats in the world.
During a luxury tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats, you will marvel at the endless white horizon that is the salt desert, one of the flattest places on earth; discover how they extract the mineral and visit the Salt Museum at the Playa Blanca Salt Hotel. Then drive out onto the flats to visit the cacti-covered coral Incahuasi Island, an isolated ecosystem in the middle of the vast white emptiness. The Tunupa Volcano in the distance and stop by the haunting caves where the poisoned Mummies of Coquesa were discovered, before heading back to your Salt Hotel for the evening.

Overnight in Uyuni
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 12

EXPLORING LA PAZ AND CURIOUS LANDSCAPES

After breakfast in the Salt Hotel, you will fly back to La Paz. Embark on a guided tour of Bolivia’s cultural capital that will take you to the Witches’ market, where local healers sell dried llama fetuses and other strange ingredients for use in spiritual rituals; the elaborate San Francisco Church, which blends Spanish colonial and native-inspired elements. See the grandiose cathedral and government palace on the main square.
Later, there will be a change of scenery as you leave the urban center behind and travel out to the Valley of the Moon to take photos of the strange, lunar rock formations.

Overnight in La Paz
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 13

BIDDING FAREWELL TO SOUTH AMERICA

Early in the morning, we will take you to El Alto International Airport for your flight home.

Overnight in La Paz
Meals Included: Breakfast

INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR ITINERARY

  • Personalized itinerary planning: Work with a CuscoPeru Travel Designer to create the trip of your dreams.
  • CuscoPeru Travel hosts take the hassle out of traveling. They will be there to assist you – whether with luggage, check in, transport or translating – at every destination during your private tour of South America.
  • Got a question or query? CuscoPeru Travel operates a 24-hour, seven day a week customer service operation and can provide updates and assistance whenever you need it.
  • With CuscoPeru Travel, you will never be bundled in with big groups; each visit, activity, tour and experience will be completely private and conducted by your very own expert, English-speaking guide.
  • Our private tours of South America are fully flexible, which means we can modify them to suit your travel mood. So if you want to cut an activity or add on a new one, just say the word!
  • All necessary adventure and trekking equipment will be provided so all you need bring is yourself.

COST

All our tours are based on private luxury service and can be fully customized to satisfy your personal needs and preferences. Please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@cuscoperu.travel and receive full assistance planning your customized private tour in Peru.
Our prices often vary based on the requirements of your trip, and will depend on number of travellers, length of time, type of accommodation, etc.


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