Peru Highlights

Explore the main tourist attractions in Peru, arriving at modern and bustly capital city Lima, admire the architecture of colonial times not only here, but also in Cusco, as well as the historical remains of the Inca empire found at the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, among many others.

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Bolivia & Peru

Immerse yourself in this unforgettable trip through ancient ruins, breathtaking natural scenery and colorful markets at modern Inca descendant towns, from mysterious Machu Picchu in the Peruvian highlands to the magical sites of Lake Titicaca and Salar de Uyuni, this is one great South America vacation not to be missed. 

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Route of the Sun

Enjoy this week long Peruvian vacation, including modern and colonial Lima, explore the magical Inca civilization ruins at Machu Picchu and navigate through the waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest in the world, for the perfect ending of your tour, covering most aspects and famous sites of this beautiful country.

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Peru & Bolivia - 19 days, 18 nights

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itinerary

Day 01
Arrive at Lima, transfer to your hotel and check in, in the afternoon, explore the architectural and tourist attractions of Lima through a guided tour in the City Tour & Cathedral of Lima. This circuit will show you the city and its history in a comfortable and safe way. The tour begins in Miraflores where we'll visit the Love Park, the Costa Verde ocean front and the amazing Pyramid Pucllana, a pre-Inca archaeological site. This route continues to the historic center of Lima, there we'll discover the early days of the city and the most important events through its different periods. Enjoy a walking tour of Plaza Mayor, the tourist center of Lima. A great religious artistic influence shows in its churches and convents. Our first stop is the Basilica Cathedral of Lima, admirable space for their late Baroque, renaissance and plateresco artistic styles. We will see the crypt of Francisco Pizarro, enter the lower levels of the temple and tour the halls of religious art. We'll finish our tour with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, former claustruo that holds the remains of Santa Rosa de Lima and San Martin de Porres; evening free, overnight at Lima.

Day 02
At 7:00 AM, we will depart for Paracas, arriving around 10:30 AM, from the aerodrome, we will take the Nazca Lines’ overflight declared World Heritage by UNESCO,there are huge mysterious traces done on the sand, covering an area of 350 km, these figures represent different animals and plants and their dimensions are from 15 to 300 meters each. According to Dr. Maria Reiche, who has dedicated much of his life to the study of these lines, it is the World’s largest astronomical calendar. Return to Paracas midafternoon for overnight, evening free.

Day 03
Today, you will be transferred to the pier, here you take a boat ride to the Ballestas Islands. During this tour we will stop to see the mysterious figure of the candlestick, our captain will stop in front of this impressive figure where our guide will explain about it and give them the necessary time to take pictures. Then continue with the direction of the Ballestas Islands where visitors can enjoy this beautiful seascape full of large colonies of sea lions, penguins and seabirds. In this place we will visit our boat around the islands through caves and rock deformations capricious, return to the pier around 2:30 PM, we immediately depart to Lima for overnight, arriving late afternoon, evening free.

Day 04
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your domestic flight to Cusco, upon arrival transfer to your hotel, overnight at Cusco.

Day 05
Enjoy a city tour of Cusco, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons, rest of the day is free, overnight at Cusco.

Day 06
Today, we will have an excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle, mid afternoon transfer back to Cusco for overnight.

Day 07
The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Ollantaytambo train station for a train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”; arrive at Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Overnight at Aguas Calientes.

Day 08
Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the second time. For the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu (if it is not raining, optional) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant; arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it must be before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register in a office at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as a geological miracle, we will then take a return train to Cusco for overnight.

Day 09
We will depart from Cusco towards to Puno, where we arrive after 7 hours drive. In the way we have interesting visits to: the Chapel of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas considered as the “Sistine Chapel” of America due to the quality of its art pieces., Racchiscurrently is one of the most important communities in the production of handicraft, and also visit the site of Pukara, overnight at Puno.

Day 10
At 7:00 AM, we will be driven to Copacabana (3 hours) so we can visit the Sun Island, in Titikaka Lake, its waters are a beautiful blue, reflecting the hills, mirroring the sky and changing color when it is cloudy. The Sun Island is worshipped as the birthplace of Manco Kápac and Mama Ocllo the first founders of the Inca’s Empire. Some ruins like the Pilkokaina Palace, the Inca’s Fountain, and the 200 stairs of Yumani are part of this beautiful Island, worth to see; then, we will depart to Bolivian territory heading to La Paz, arriving late afternoon, evening free.

Day 11
We will have a full day excursion to the site of Tiwanaku, millenarian pre-incaruins (1.500 b.c.), about 72 km (45 mi.) west of La Paz in the middle of the Altiplano, is considered the archaeological capital of Bolivia where we will appreciate the admirable lithic sculptures, monuments, Suns’ Door, Semi-subterranean Temple Kalasasaya, the local museum and also the church in the town, which was built in 1612, most of it with stones and material from the ruins, return to La Paz late afternoon for overnight.

Day 12
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your domestic flight to Uyuni, upon arrival transfer to your hotel, overnight at Uyuni.

Day 13
Today, we will depart to the Uyuni Salt Flat. Colchani is the first stop on Salar de Uyuni. Here is observed themanual salt productionand processing to iodine saltdone by a cooperative joint-ownedby all salt workers, waterhole of salt, visit to theold salt hotel and continue towards the volcano Tunupa and viewpoint salar, mummies, then the Cantaros of Valley, Chantani, visit Inca Huasi island which have a lot of caves and gigantic cactus about 8 to 10 meters, return to Uyuni for overnight.

Day 14
At 9:00 AM, we will depart for Potosí, a 4 hour drive which is almost imperceptible due to the magnificent landscapes in the area, which open one by one in front of our eyes; we will head to our hotel, rest of the day is at leisure, overnight at Potosí.

Day 15
In the morning, we will have a 3 hour mine excursion. We visit the mining neighborhoods and then go up to the foot of the Cerro Rico Mountain, where during the XVII century millions of tons of silver were mined and conveyed to Spain. We then go underground joining dozens of miners who enter the maze of tunnels every day, we observe how the mining cooperatives work feeling their exciting myths, hard work, and hopes. We also visit the famous image of Tio, the god of the miners; in the afternoon, we will have a city tour, visiting the Main Square, cathedral and main government buildings including the famous MINT HOUSE, where gold and silver coins were embossed during colonial times. Overnight at Potosí.

Day 16
Today, we will depart to Sucre, arriving around 11:00 AM, in the afternoon, we will enjoy a city tour, visiting la Casa de la Libertad, where the Deliberative Assembly proclaimed the independence of Bolivia, then you can visit the Recoleta, San Lázaro church, Santo Domingo, ASUR textile museum, the convent of San Felipe Nery, Bolívar Park and finally a tour around the principal historical places of the city. Overnight in Sucre.

Day 17
Today we will visit JatunYampara located 23 kms away from from Sucre, the Yampara Indian culture can be appreciated, which is one of the oldest in the continent, we will observe typical housing, clothing and customs, Indian textiles, dedicated to the Andean agriculture and the production of textiles, ceramics and crafts rescue Yampara culture. We will also visit the archaeological and agricultural community museum, heading back to Sucre mid afternoon, rest of the day is free, overnight at Sucre.

Day 18
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your return flight to La Paz. In the afternoon, we will have a city tour and a visit to Moon Valley. In the tour we included the Witches Market, craftsman markets, San Francisco church, Murillo square, the colonial Jaén street with its impressive museums, also residential areas of the south and the well-known Moon Valley, where erosion has given place to the most exotic and curious surface forms, giving the impression of walking on the moon. Overnight in La Paz.

Day 19
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your international departure flight. 

servicesincluded

- Accommodations in double occupancy
- Breakfast daily
- Domestic flights Lima - Cusco,  La Paz - Uyuni and Sucre - La Paz.
- Train transportation Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
- Ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing tours listed
- Admissions
- Local guides
- Hotel taxes.

Not included: any meals not mentioned as included, airport taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters or waiters and expenses of personal nature.

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