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PERU & BOLIVIA: THE RISE OF CULTURE - Bolivia

Itinerary


Day 01: ARRIVAL LIMA

Upon arriving in Lima, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel.

Our representative will give you a documentation kit with detailed program explanation. Luggage and hotel registration assistance will be offered.

PM LIMA CITY TOUR (PVT)

Today, you will visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima, known as “The City of Kings”, starting with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where you will pass by a pre-Inca construction that is 1200 years old, the Huaca Pucllana. Then, you will go to the Historic Center, where you will visit the Main Square (Plaza Mayor), which comprises the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, The Municipal Hall and the Cathedral. You will make a stop at the Chocolate Museum where you will see how cocoa gets transformed into delicious products.

Later on, you will visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity and house of the remains of our patron saints, San Martin de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima.

Finally, you will return to Miraflores where you will pass by another pre-Inca pyramid-shaped building in the downtown area, an incredible contrast. Then, you will descend into one of the most representative parks of Miraflores, the Love Park, inspired by the Güell Park of Barcelona, where you will see the beautiful sculpture dedicated to love, “The Kiss”, made by the famous Peruvian artist, Victor Delfin.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima

Meals included: None

Day 02: LIMA / CUSCO

At the scheduled time a transfer will take you to the airport to board the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at the imperial city, one of our representatives will meet you and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

Rest of the day at leisure to rest and get used to the altitude.

HALF DAY VISITING THE CITY AND NEARBY RUINS (PVT)

Get to know the city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all of its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Inca palace and main center for the worship of the Sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican Order built a lovely church over this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, built of enormous stone blocks that were perfectly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archaeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finally you will visit the Inka’s Expression art workshop, that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. It is an ideal place for the ones that like Andean art.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03: CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY



FULL DAY AUTHENTIC SACRED VALLEY (PVT)

Today’s first destination is Chinchero, a quaint little town that houses an important Inca archaeological center, built at the end of the 1400’s, as well as a lovely and very traditional church. You will visit "Urpi" a famous textile center where the townsfolk have preserved the traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques, they will show you how they get the vivid natural colors for their fabrics.

On your way to Ollantaytambo, you will stop at the Racchi lookout point, where you will have the chance to have some of the best views of the Sacred Valley. After that, lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afterwards, you will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress that also served as a temple. Then, you will continue to the adjacent town of Ollantaytambo, “the unique living Inca town”: the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU

At the scheduled time, a transfer will take you to the train station to board the Expedition train to Machu Picchu.

FULL DAY MACHU PICCHU TOUR WITH EXPEDITION TRAIN (PRIVATE GUIDE) – LUNCH INCLUDED

You are going to visit one of the most important energy centers of the world: Machu Picchu. You will travel by train to the town of Aguas Calientes, an experience in which you will see the striking scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Upon your arrival, you will ride a bus to the Machu Picchu archaeological site and discover this new Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes to have lunch, and later on, board the train for your return trip. You will stop at the train station indicated in your ticket after that, you will be driven to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 05: CUSCO / PUNO

At the proper time a transfer will take you from the hotel to the bus station

FULL DAY TRANSFER FROM CUSCO TO PUNO WITH LUNCH (PVT)

You will be driven by bus to Cusco, so you can enjoy the wonderful scenery on the way.

First you will visit La Raya, the highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno, from where you’ll get excellent photo opportunities. After this, you will visit the Racchi ruins, known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha". The last stop before arriving to Cusco will be Andahuaylillas, a town where a precious church from the 17th century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Lunch is included in a local restaurant on route.

After this you will arrive to Puno and then continue to your hotel.

Upon your arrival, a transfer will take you to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Puno

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 06: PUNO / KASANI – COPACABANA – SUN ISLAND (PVT)

You will be driven south along the western shore of Lake Titicaca through the picturesque villages of Pomata and July, before the tour continues to Sun Island in Bolivia.

Drive by private transport from Puno with a wonderful view of Lake Titikaka along the route (3 hours) until reaching Copacabana (3 ½ hours), a pleasant town in the shores of Lake. Visit its church and the famous "Virgen Morena". Next trip will be by boat, crossing the Lake over to the Island of the Sun (1 hour) until reaching Huacani, to have an Aptapi (typical lunch in the highlands). This trip continues by boat up to the ruins of the Pilkokaina Inca temple. Finally, hike to La Estancia while enjoying a wonderful view of Lake Titicaca (1 hour approximately).

Ecolodge La Estancia - Standard Cabin (Breakfast, Typical Aptapi Lunch & Dinner)

An amazing spot located in the southern part of the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca. It was built preserving the Andean architecture and combining it with modern comfort, always respecting the harmony of the surrounding nature and habitat. The cabins were constructed with adobe bricks and thatch roofs and were set between pre-Inca terraces. We also use solar energy and recycle waste at all levels.


Day 07: LA CHINKANA – SUN ISLAND – LA PAZ (PVT)

DON’T MISS AN EARLY SUNRISE! Hike down through Yumani visiting the Inca stairs and the Fountain of Eternal Youth. Then have a trip up north by boat to visit the Chincana ruins and the Sacred Rock (1 hour). Continue by boat to the Island of the Moon (1 hour) and the Inca ruins of Iñak Uyu temple to finally reach Copacabana (1 ½ hours). Private transportation to La Paz (3 ½ hours) with very nice views of the Andes Royal Range.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in La Paz

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: LA PAZ

CITY TOUR AND VALLEY OF THE MOON (PVT)

You will enjoy a 4 hour city tour through La Paz, elected as one of the 7 wonder cities of the world. It is located in a valley at the foothills of the Andes Range, situated at 3,632m / 11942 ft. above sea level. The tour goes through the street markets -rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft items- followed by a visit to the colonial section of the city: San Francisco Church, Gold Museum, Murillo Square. You will also have a visit to the "Mirador de Killi Killi" viewpoint and the outdoor replica of the Tiwanaku temple. Then, descending to the more modern, southern part of La Paz, you will reach and visit the Valley of the Moon, where a clay mountain has been impressively shaped by erosion. Ride by cable car, known as “Teleférico”, it’s a good chance to enjoy an excellent and beautiful view of La Paz. This is a must for everyone!

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in La Paz

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 09: LA PAZ / UYUNI (PVT)

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Pick-up from the hotel and transfer to the airport. Ascending to El Alto, there will be a nice view of La Paz city.

Flight La Paz / Uyuni Suggested flight: Z8 300 Dep. 07:00am – Not included

Arrival and transfer to Uyuni to have breakfast and rest before the tour begins. Departure from Uyuni to the Train Cemetery where the remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives are located. Stop in Colchani as this is the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction. The trip continues to finally reach the salt flats, a natural wonder of the nature with over 10.000 km2 of salt. At an appropriate time a transfer will take you back to Colchani.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Colchani - Uyuni

Meals included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch (in the middle of the salt flats) and Dinner

Day 10: UYUNI / COLCHANI

UYUNI SALT FLATS TOUR (PVT)

Second departure to the Great Salt Flats. Visit Incahuasi Island (known as Fish Island), an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by giant cacti up to 10 meters high. Continue north to visit the pre-Columbian Pucara de Ayque fort and the nearby chullpares on the foothills of Thunupa volcano. Finally, at an appropriate time, go back to the Colchani Village where you will enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Colchani - Uyuni

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: COLCHANI / LA PAZ - TIWANAKU

Transfer to Uyuni’s airport to take the flight back to La Paz.

Flight Uyuni / La Paz Suggested flight: Z8 301 Dep. 08:15 – Not included

Upon your arrival assistance at the airport.

TIWANAKU TOUR (PVT)

Pick up from the airport and transfer to Tiwanaku. Tiwanaku is a 1½ hour drive from La Paz, throughout which the highlands can be observed as well as the Aymaran way of life. Tiwanaku dates back to 1580BC - 1200AC, it was one of the most important pre-Inca civilizations and considered to be among the most developed at the time. The main constructions visited during this tour are: the Kalasasaya temple and the Gate of the Sun, constructed out of stone, the Ponce and Fraile monoliths as well as the Akapana pyramid and semi-underground temple. You will then visit two local museums to observe some pottery, stone work and learn about the cultures that are also included on this trip.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in La Paz

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: LA PAZ – HOME

Pick-up from the hotel and transfer to the airport. Ascending to El Alto, there will be a nice view of La Paz and the city lights.

Meals included: Breakfast

All of our adventure programs are inspired by destinations that evoke mystery and are charged with mystical energy. Our brand, Liv, Condor Travel is always on the lookout for the best routes on each journey.


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