An intoxicating amalgam of Peru & Bolivia; view the mysterious Nazca lines, gaze in awe at majestic Condors, and hike the imperious Inca Trail. Overnight on floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca, visit an old silver mine and the amazing Salar de Uyuni and visit the vibrant Bolivian capital, La Paz. Finish it all off with a visit to the Amazon Jungle. Our ultimate South America Regional Explorer trip! 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 Cuzco 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 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 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 26 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 27 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...
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