Trip reference number: 151
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Take the journey of a lifetime€ross Peru and Bolivia, exploring the rich heritage and natural beauty of these incredible countries along the way. Hike the challenging Inca Trail, visit an old silver mine, and take in the sights of the bustling Bolivian capital La Paz. Later, explore the striking Uyuni Salt Flats, hunt for dinosaur footprints at Sucre and explore the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca. You’ll round off this amazing tour of South America with a visit to the mighty Amazon Jungle. Days 1 to 2 You will be met at the Airport in Cusco and transferred to the group joining hotel. An orientation walk will take place in the afternoon with a local guide.
Either a free day to explore the interesting City of Cusco - a colonial city with churches & museums built on top of original Inca stonewalls - OR
Urubamba or Sacred Valley of the Incas - an optional day tour with a local guide, where you’ll find temples, terraces, local communities, markets as you follow the Urubamba River through the ancient valley. Breakfast x 1
Days 3 to 6 Inca Trail - a trek of 4 days, which combines stunning mountain views and Inca ruins which anyone of reasonable fitness can master.
Machu Picchu - finally we reach the world famous ruins in all their glory, well worth the trek of the previous 3 days! There are also the options to undertake a shorter hike travelling by train part of the way to Machu Picchu, or take one of the alternative treks, the Salkantay or Lares which includes the last night in Aguas Calientes. If you wish to do any of these alternative treks or the train, you must request this at the time of booking.
Our route back to Cusco for all options is by train.Breakfast x 4, Lunch & Dinner x 3
Days 7 to 8 Cusco - 2 free days to relax, optional excursions into the Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain and other€tivities available. 2 x breakfast.
Days 9 to 11 Lake Titicaca - Travel by road to Puno - our base to visit the Uros Indians and floating reed islands.
By boat we visit the floating islands during the day and then spend the night with one of the Indian families on the lesser known islands of Amantani or Taquile. This experience provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the traditional lifestyle of the Andean people and their customs.
Puno - free time to relax on the shores of Lake Titicaca & experience Puno’s rich Andean culture.Breakfast x 3, Lunch & Dinner x1
Days 12 to 13 Bolivia
Today we continue our journey and enter Bolivia
La Paz - Few cities can boast such an impressive setting - here we have free time to explore this hilly capital city with it’s markets and traditionally dressed people and perhaps visit a pena for some live Andean pipe music.Breakfast x2
Day 14 La Paz City Tour (approx. 4 hours). We visit Murillo Square & Cathedral, Congress and Government Palace, The Incan Gold Museum, Valley of the Moon and the famous Witches Market. Tour ends at Killi Killi lookout point to enjoy a 360 degree view of the city!
Rest of the day to explore at your leisure to maybe enjoy a Huari (local beer).Breakfast
Day 15 Free morning (dependant on train times) to browse the local markets, find a cafÉ and watch street life go by or visit one of the museums.
Bus to the mining town of Oruro, followed by a high altitude train ride to Uyuni - home to the vast Salar (Salt flats).
Transfer to Hotel.Breakfast
Day 16 3 day 4x4 Expedition to explore the Salar (Salt Flats) and stunning lakes, deserts and volcanoes.
We take short excursions to the Train Cemetery to view old steam locomotives and Colchani village to see the traditional Salt bagging process.
We drive to Inca Huasi Island in the centre of the 10,000 square km Salar. We can hike to the top of the island, passing giant cactus, to take in the spectacular views.
After lunch we head for San Juan Village, to visit a Pre Inca Cemetery and a small museum.Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerBasic€commodation
Day 17 Heading south we are surrounded by huge volcanoes (up to 5850mtrs!) There is time for photo stops and if we’re lucky we should see pink Flamingoes and many other species of birds at Canapa Lagoon.
We make a quick stop at Hedionda (Stinky!) Lagoon and continue past scenic lakes to the amazing Siloli Desert (4600mtrs). Here incredible natural rock formations are formed by powerful eroding winds.
Tonight we stay close to the shores of Red Lagoon, a wildlife sanctuary to 3 endemic species of Andean Flamingo.Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerBasic€commodation
Day 18 An early start for sunrise at Sol de Manana Volcano Crater. Here beautiful steam geysers and colourful boiling volcanic mud pools await us.
We breakfast on the banks of Challviri Lagoon where those of us that want to can enjoy a hot spring!
Passing through the barren volcanic environment of Dali’s Desert, in the southwestern tip of Bolivia, we see the breathtaking Green Lagoon, at the foot of Licancabur Volcano (5900mtrs).
Heading back to Red Lagoon, we take another route back to Uyuni via Rock Valley, stopping off in some small villages along the way.
We complete our day by visiting the highest pizza restaurant in the world! (Optional).Breakfast, Lunch
Day 19 Travel to Potosi, enjoying the beautiful mountain views and bouncy gravel roads along the way!
In the afternoon there is the option to visit the once famous Silver Mines in Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) and step back in time to experience life as a miner in these harsh conditions. The tour is not for the faint hearted!
Other attractions include the ancient Mint, which tells the history of the silver mined here and shipped to Spain in Colonial times or view the city from the roof of the San Francisco Church!Breakfast
Day 20 We have a free morning at leisure to do some last minute exploring of Potosi before we head to one of Bolivia’s most beautiful cities, Sucre, via bus.
Sucre is known as ’The 4 Names City’ because of its long and varied history
Free afternoon to wander the charming streets and possibly visit Liberty’s House where Bolivia was created a new free Republic in 1825.Breakfast
Day 21 After breakfast we visit The Cretaceous Park, where we can see thousands of dinosaur footprints, including the world’s biggest!
More free time to explore in the afternoon - why not visit Asur, Bolivia’s best Textile Museum (some textiles are at least 1500 years old!)
In the late afternoon we transfer to the bus station and join our Bus Cama (bed bus) which will be our ride and€commodation to La Paz!Breakfast .There is an optional flight from Sucre to La Paz -subect to availability.
Day 22 On arrival in La Paz we transfer to our hotel and the rest of the day is yours to wander and maybe pick up some souvenirs, such as Andean blankets, ponchos and jewellery from the hilly market streets.Breakfast
Day 23 Flight to Rurrenabaque City in the Amazon basin.
Transfer to our boat on the Beni River to travel to Madidi National Park.
The impressive Estrecho del Bala, where the Beni River becomes deep and narrow.
Lunch, before following jungle paths and learning about the rich flora of the region, medicinal plants, toxic plants, mushrooms, etc.
We venture out on a night walk to feel and hear the sounds of the Amazon and to observe nocturnal animals.Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 24 We explore jungle paths learning about the trees, leaves, flowers and plants.
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