From Lima towards the south of Peru, you will travel alongside the Pacific Coast. You will observe the fauna and flora biodiversity of Southern Peru in Ica and Paracas, and fly over Nasca lines. We will stop in Arequipa and explore Colca’s Canyon before heading to Titicaca Lake and Puno where you will be amazed by the cultural wealth, the inhabitant’s generosity and the incredible landscapes around the lake.
In Bolivia, you will visit small villages which maintain their ancestral traditions. You will also enjoy an unforgettable excursion in the Sun Island and the Moon Island near Copacobana before an immersion on Uyuni Salt Desert, one of the largest in the world.
We will finish Bolivia’s tour by visiting Potosi, which used to be known as the Imperial City; the Historical city of Sucre and La Paz before coming back to Peru in order to visit the ancient Inca Empire’s capital, Cusco. There you will climb up to Machu Picchu, share with local communities and visit Inca cultural rests.
Arrival in Lima. Reception at the airport by our correspondent. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre.
After the breakfast, you will visit the modern Lima areas like Miraflores, Larcomar and Barranco.
Then the visit goes on with the colonial part of Lima, through San Martin Square, the Government Palace, the « plaza de armas », the great Cathedral of Lima and the Catacombs of San Francisco.
In the afternoon, travel by bus to the city of Paracas (abt. 4 hours). In the way we will pass through towns like Cañete and Chincha to reach Paracas. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
After the breakfast, excursion to the Ballestas Islands by speedboat, where in an amazing landscape you will be able to see the enigmatic “Candelabro” figure and discover a large marine fauna like wolves’ sea, birds, guaneras, Humboldt penguins, etc.
Afterwards, you will head to Ica and have a short visit of the beautiful oasis of Huacachina.
Optional Activity: Fascinating excursion in vehicles 4×4 in the desert of Huacachina
In the late afternoon, let’s go towards Nazca (157km). Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
In the morning, flying over Nazca lines, which are composed of a set of geometric and zoomorphic figures carved on the surface of the desert.
You will then visit the pre-Inca cemetery Chauchilla (this pre-Hispanic cemetery presents a large variety of different graves)
In the afternoon, the trip goes on by sleeper bus towards Arequipa (572 km), on the road we will pass through endless deserts, cliffs, beaches and dunes landscapes. We will also pass by important sites like Marcona, Yauca, Chala, Ocoña, Camana valley to arrive in Arequipa. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
After the breakfast, city tour of Arequipa: visit of Yanahuara watchtowers and Rinconada Alta, the « Plaza de Armas », the church of the Compañía and its cloister, the traditional market of San Camilo, the famous convent of Santa Catalina, and the museum Mummy Juanita “Lady of Ampato” or “Lady Ice”.
Late afternoon, free time.
You will go by private vehicle to Colca’s Canyon (165 km). During the trip, you will have the opportunity to observe the beautiful flora and fauna, the Misti volcano, and snowy mountains.
Subsequently, we will continue escalating the Patapampa at an altitude of 4900 meters from where you will have a view on various volcanoes in the central Andes. Then we will have lunch in the village of Chivay.
Optional Activity: Enjoy the thermal baths of La Calera in Chivay
After lunch, we will drive to the charming village of Canocota (30min from Chivay). Arrival and accommodation in a family home. Night at the host.
After breakfast, early departure by private vehicle to the Cruz del Condor where you are almost guaranteed to see condors flying over the majestic Andes.
On the wayback from Cruz de Condor by the south side of the Colca Valley, you will visit the villages of Maca and Yanque.
In the afternoon, journey by private vehicle to the city of Puno (355km). We will cross the Andean highlands and, along the way, you could admire the fauna specific to the Andes: alpacas, llamas, and small lagoons.
In the late afternoon arrival in Puno and transfer to the hotel.
Boat trip on Titicaca Lake. Stop at the Uros islands where we will discover the daily life and customs of the people. Here travellers can participate or simply observe the harvest of totoras
Journey from Puno to Copacabana via Kasani- (Peru / Bolivia frontier). On our way, we will visit an association of alpaca wool production.
Cross the Bolivian border in Kasani and then travel by private boat from Copacabana to the Moon Island. Visit of the community with a local guide. Night in a community hostel.
After the breakfast, we will visit the Sun Virgen Temple and we will participate to the local community activities.
Excursion on the Sun Island, visit of the archaeological site of the « Chinkana». Night in a community hostel.
After the breakfast, visit of the archaeological sites of the Sun Island, and then we will return to Copacabana in private boat.
On our way to La Paz, we will also visit Tiahuanaco archaeological site. There you will appreciate pyramids rests and terraces surrounded by deserted Andean landscapes.
By the end of the day, arrival in La Paz and transfer to the hotel.
After the breakfast, you will visit the capital city of La Paz and its neighborhoods including: the Plaza Murillo, the Governor’s Palace, the Cathedral, the National Congress, the traditional market, various museums such as the Art Museum, the ethnographic and folklore Museum….
Return to the hotel for the night
After the breakfast, we will head to one of the greatest Salt Desert in the world, el Salar de Uyuni. On our way, we will visit the train cemetery, full of really ancient engines.
You will also pass by Colchani village which main activity is the handmade salt extraction.
Lunch at the inn before going towards Alota where we will spend the night over.
Going on with our adventure towards the Laguna Colorada. We will pass by Ollague active volcano. We will see Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarcota, and Honda lagoons where pink flamingos are living.
Visit of Laguna Ramaditas and Siloli desert and we will then arrive at the Laguna Colorada located in the National park of the Andean Fauna Eduardo Avaroa.
Walk in the park before spending the night at Huayllajara’s inn.
Early departure to appreciate the Geysers – volcanic area known as the «morning Sun ».
We will continue towards Polques’ thermal baths, before visiting the Lagunas « Blancas » and « Verdes » located at the foot of Llicancabur volcano.
Return to Uyuni. We will stop for the lunch and then head on towards Rock Valley and Alota, Culpina and San Cristobal villages. Arrival by the end of the day in Uyuni. Transfer at the hotel.
Journey by bus bound for Potosi. In the afternoon you will visit the National Mint of Bolivia. Arrival and transfer to the hotel
After the breakfast, we will visit Rico Hill, also known as the mountain that eats men because several miners got lost in this Hill labyrinth.
In the afternoon, journey in private transport towards Sucre (4h). You will cross Pilcomayo River. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
After the breakfast, let’s go to the Cordillera de los Frailes where we will start trekking up Maragua volcano, 6-7h hiking surrounded by stunning multicolor mountains.
Night in a comfortable bungalow on Maragua volcano side.
After the breakfast, we will go on with our trek and explore dinosaur fossils and footprints. Visit of Jalgas community, specialized in Andean weaving.
In the afternoon, we will return to Sucre. Night in the hotel
After the breakfast, brief visit of Sucre city depending on our time left.
Transfer at the airport to take your flight bound for La Paz. We will then continue our trip by private car to Desaguadero (Peru-Bolivia frontier). We will cross the frontier and continue our journey towards Puno.
Arrival and transfer at the hotel. Free time.
Travel by tourist bus through the Altiplano and the Vilcanota Valley to Cuzco. On the road, we will briefly stop at La Raya Pass (4,300 m), and then you will visit Raqchi Inca temple, the church of Andahuaylillas. All entrance fees mentioned above are optional.
Arrival in Cusco in the late afternoon and transfer to hotel.
After breakfast, visit of Tambomachay known as Tambo Cave. Visit of the ruins of Kenko carved by Incas. You will discover Puka Pukará ruins and finally you will visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress with its impressive Inca constructions.
Then we will discover Cusco with its Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in Latin America; the beautiful Cathedral, the magnificent temple of Koricancha considered as the most sacred and most impressive built by the Incas.
In the late afternoon free time.
In the morning, you will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the road, we will stop at a small exhibition centre Awanakancha which gives a great panorama of the beauty of the Peruvian Andes
Right after, we will continue with the charming village of Pisac and its ruins. After lunch, we will go on with the visit of the fortress of Ollantaytambo, impressive Inca building which used to be a strategic military, religious and agricultural centre.
Finally, in the afternoon we will return to Ollantaytambo. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast, we will travel by private vehicle to the community of Patacancha. Then we will continue with a visit of recognition, where you will enjoy the fields of culture and you will be able to participate in the local activities.
At noon we will have a traditionnal meal with the family. Then we will go visiting the production facilities of Alpaca wool.
Finally, in the afternoon we will return to Ollantaytambo, and then we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, down Machu Picchu. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Early in the morning, you will head up in bus to the Machu Picchu. Discover the most famous landmark of the Incas, with its terraced fields, the artificial canal system for irrigation, palaces, squares, temples, caves, attics, etc. prisons.
Following the tour you will have free time to walk around the citadel, the sun temple and the hill Intihuatana.
Optional Activity: Possibility to climb Huayna Picchu by a small stone path.
In the course of the afternoon, transfer to the station for the train back to Ollantaytambo. Arrival and transfer to hotel.
After breakfast, we will visit the « Salinas de Maras » where its inhabitants realize the whole process of extracting natural salt.
You will discover the circular terraces of Moray, which is an experimental complex of the Incas, and finally visit the Inca site of Chinchero.
In the afternoon arrival in the city of Cusco and transfer to hotel, free time.
Transfer to airport and flight to Lima. Then we continue with the visit of the Archaeology and Anthropology museum.
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your international flight connection.
Number of travellers*
Message and comments ?