Trip reference number: 40
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Experience the astounding beauty of South America with our three-week tour which takes you from the historic Peruvian capital Lima all the way to beautiful Bolivia. Along the way, marvel at the mysterious Nazca lines, admire the majestic native Condors and brave the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Afterwards, enjoy a family stay on an island on Lake Titicaca, before taking in the sights of the vibrant Bolivian capital city, La Paz. Day 1 Lima - the Capital.
Free day to see the many museums, historical monuments, markets, restaurants and colonial plazas.(No meals included)
Day 2 Ballestas Islands - view this spectacular marine reserve and take a boat trip to view one of the highest concentrations of rare and exotic sea birds and mammals.Breakfast
Days 3 to 4 Ica Desert - visit the Tacama winery and also try Peru’s national drink, Pisco.
Oasis of Huacachina - a palm fringed lake surrounded by impressive sand dunes, relax on the beach, go for a swim and then there’s the option to head out on a custom made dune buggy and roar€ross the desert sands to the top of enormous dunes and sand board down them! Tonight, sit around our desert campfire while your guides cook up a storm, followed by a night sleeping out under the stars.Breakfast x 2
Day 5 The Nazca Lines - only discovered 80 years ago, these huge figures carved into the desert floor are best viewed by light aircraft.
Chauchilla Cemetery - complete with well preserved mummies.
Overnight coach journey between Nazca and Arequipa (either part or full recliner seating). Breakfast
Days 6 to 9 Arequipa - explore this beautiful colonial city with its great Latin nightlife & the spectacular surrounding area or go mountain biking, hiking or horse riding.
Colca Canyon - at 900m it’s one of the deepest in the world - an included guided trip to view the amazing Condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor (park entrance fee is not included and will be paid locally).
Overnight coach journey€ross the Andes to Cusco (either part or full recliner seating).
Cusco - a colonial city with churches & museums built on top of original Inca stonewalls.
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 4
Days 10 to 13 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 14 to 15 Cusco - 2 free days to relax, optional excursions into the Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain and other€tivities available. 2 x breakfast.
Days 16 to 18 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 19 to 20 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 21 The tour ends after breakfast.Breakfast 21 Days - South America - Regional Explorers Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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