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Peru & Bolivia
Peru & Bolivia OverviewThis tour visits two very different South American countries. Peru offers incredible scenery from the Inca capital of Machu Picchu to the impressive Lake Titicaca. After travelling on one of the highest rail journeys in the world to Huancayo we arrive in Bolivia, home of the Salt Flats.
Day 1 – Fly to Lima
Fly to Lima via Miami and transfer to our hotel in the Miraflores district.
Day 2 – Lima - City of Kings
A full day’s tour, starting in Miraflores to enjoy the views of the bay and the Pacific Ocean. We view the pre-Hispanic site of Pucllana before heading to Parc de la Amistad where the main attraction is an original steam locomotive from 1926 and a vintage station and ticket office. Continue sightseeing in the afternoon with visits to the Cathedral of Lima, Government Palace and Desamparados station.
Day 3 – Train to Huancayo
An early morning start as we take an amazing train journey to Huancayo. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, passing through 69 tunnels, crossing 58 bridges, 6 switchbacks and the second highest railway point in the world at the Galera Tunnel.
Day 4 – Huancavelica
We board our private coach this morning and make our way to Huancavelica. The afternoon is free to explore this historical city.
Day 5 – Private Bus to Paracas
Sit back and relax as we travel by road taking in the breathtaking landscape that includes snow-capped mountains and lagoons while passing through traditional Andean towns.
Day 6 – Flight Over the Nazca Lines
We take a flight over the famous Nazca Lines which are best appreciated from the air. They are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and still remain a mystery as it is not known why they were created by the ancient Nazca people.
Day 7 – The Ballestas Islands
By boat to the Ballestas Islands. During the journey we have an opportunity to appreciate the Candelabro (candlestick) which is thought to have an association with the Nazca Lines. On arrival there is a chance to view the island’s wildlife which includes Humboldt penguins, sea lions and pelicans.
Day 8 – Former Capital of the Inca Empire
A morning flight to Cusco and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we take a walk around the cobbled traditional streets of the San Blas neighbourhood where we visit Maximo Laura Museum before walking across to Hatun Rumiyoq to view the famous 12 Angled Inca Stone. We also visit the Cathederal and complete our tour with a visit to Korincancha, the Incas Temple of the Sun.
Day 9 – The Sacred Valley & Train to Machu Picchu
Visit the famous Pisac Market and get a taste of local life before seeing Ollantaytambo, the impressive archaeological fortress which contains some superb Inca stonework and terracing. We take the afternoon train to Machu Picchu and transfer to our hotel.
Day 10 – Machu Picchu
An early start to see the spectacular sight of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco by train.
Day 11 – Titicaca Train to Puno
We take the spectacular journey on board the Titicaca Train to Puno across the high Altiplano. The train has an observation carriage providing excellent views over the Andean wilderness. Lunch will be served onboard.
Day 12 – Copacabana & La Paz
Transfer by road to Copacabana Sanctuary and board the catamaran cruise to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. We continue by road to La Paz.
Day 13 – To Oruro & Train to Uyuni
Journey by bus to Oruro where we will have time for lunch before boarding our train to Uyuni arriving at our destination late evening.
Day 14 – The Cemetery of Trains
After breakfast we head towards the old mine of Pulacayo, which houses a collection of old locos. We return to Uyuni and visit the Train Cemetery where we find the remains of old rail equipment left to rust in this salt desert.
Day 15 – Tour of Salar de Uyuni
Taking the unpaved road we travel in 4x4 vehicles to Colchani, located on the edge of the salt lake. Continue to Incahuasi Island with its amazing huge cacti before heading back across the lake to the truly unique Palacio de Sal Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 16 – Flight to La Paz
Fly back to La Paz and enjoy an afternoon tour to include the Witches Market and Murillo Square. We continue with a visit to the spectacular Valley of the Moon and a ceramic workshop with a demonstration of the art of pottery.
Day 17 – La Paz
Visit the epic city of Tiwanaku where the pre-Inca ruins date back to 1580 BC. Here we see the Kalasasaya (Sun) temple and semi subterranean (Earth) temple, Akapana Pyramid and the legendary Sun Gate. Spend the afternoon visiting the train museum at Guaqui before heading back to the hotel to enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 18 – Return to Lima
An early morning flight back to Lima. On arrival we drive to Monumental Callao, a neighbourhood dubbed the Bohemian part of Callao Port. In every corner, you will find spectacular murals filled with colours and design, created by the hands of talented Peruvian and worldwide artists. Transfer to the airport and our hotel for the night.
Day 19 & 20 – To London
An early departure from Lima back to London via Miami arriving the next day.
- Flights in Economy Class by scheduled airline
- Rail and boat travel as specified
- Road transfers in private air conditioned coach
- Entrance fees for all excursions
- Train to Machu Picchu in Vistadome
- Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
- 9 lunches and 4 dinners
- Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour plus local English speaking guides