Experience the lifestyle in the Valles Calchaquies

5 Days / 4 Nights

OVERVIEW

Overview

LIMA, SACRED VALLEY, CUSCO, MACHU PICCHU, PUNO, ISLAND OF THE SUN, LA PAZ, UYUNI

ITINERARY

Itinerary

Peru & Bolivia fixed departures 2021 13 Days / 12 Nights

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.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima

Meals included: None

Breakfast.

 

H/D CITY TOUR (COLONIAL AND MODERN LIMA)

Visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima the "City of Kings", beginning in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Pass by a Huaca or sacred pre-Inca site. There will then be a stop at Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) in Miraflores for its magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean. The tour also includes the Historic Centre based on the Main Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop´s Palace, the Municipality of Lima and the Cathedral are located, as well as a visit to one of the largest colonial-era convents.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima

Meals included: breakfast

Breakfast. At schedule time transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cusco city.

Suggested flight time: 9/10am - LA2047 LIM/CUZ Departure 0930 – Arrival 1053 – not included

TRANSFER TO THE SACRED VALLEY

Upon arrival in Cusco one of our representatives will meet you and then you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley allows better acclimatization due to its lower altitude compared to Cusco city. Have the rest of the day at leisure to rest and get used to the altitude.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Sacred Valley

Meals included: breakfast

Breakfast.

F/D AUTHENTIC SACRED VALLEY

You will head to Chinchero to visit the PARWA Center, where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take home. After, visit the Chinchero church, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and remains standing until today. Continue with a visit to the ruins of Chinchero, where you will find an important Inca center in which terraces and aqueducts were built. Then, you will stop at the Racchi Viewpoint, from where you will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Afterwards, you will head towards the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will find the imposing Inca fortress that bears the same name. This place is of great historical importance, because it is where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish forces in 1538. Then, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo which stands out for still maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of his original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone alleys. You can tour the town and visit the local market.

At proper time you will board the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu.

(*) Timetables are subject to confirm

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Meals included: breakfast & lunch

Breakfast.

MACHU PICCHU (SIB)

You are going to visit one of the most important energy centers of the world: Machu Picchu. You will be driven to the archeological site, for an unforgettable experience, with a professional tour guide to share with you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train later that afternoon for the return trip.

Board train in Aguas Calientes, to Ollantantaytambo, and transfer back to Cusco.

(*) Timetables are subject to confirm

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Breakfast.

DAY AT LEISURE IN CUSCO

Enjoy the charm of this beautiful colonial city that was built upon the remains of amazing Inca buildings. Not to miss: Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), San Blas artisan’s neighborhood, the Cathedral and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

O OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:

PM HD CITY TOUR AND RUINS AND SAN PEDRO MARKET (SIB)

You will visit the city of Cusco, known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colors, flavors and traditions of modern Cusco. The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. You will continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will explore Q’enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place.  Finally, you will arrive to the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: breakfast

Breakfast.

 

At the scheduled time, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the bus station to take the departure from Cusco to Puno.

Leave the station at the start of a bus journey to Puno; en route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the southern valley of Cusco. First stop is Andahuaylillas, which has a beautiful 17th Century church containing an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After that, the ruins at Racchi -also known as the "Temple of Wiracocha”- the different zones of which were used for different purposes. After this visit, you will enjoy a typical and delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will visit the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, basically a military camp that also functioned as an administrative center. Finally, you will arrive at the bus station in Puno.

 

Upon your arrival. Transfer in from bus station to hotel.

Overnight in Puno.

Meals included: breakfast

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

 

Overnight in Sun Island

Ecolodge La Estancia - Standard Cabin

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

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (typical aptapi) and Dinner 

DON’T MISS AN EARLY SUNRISE!

Hike down through Yumani visiting the Inca stairs and the Water of the Eternal Youth, then take a trip north by boat to visit 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 in La Paz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast. Free day at leisure.

 

CITY TOUR AND VALLEY OF THE MOON (HALF DAY) (SIB)

 (Minimum 02 passengers)

A 4 hours city tour through La Paz, elected as one of the 7 wonder cities in the world, 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 also visit to the viewpoint "Mirador de Killi Killi"; and the outdoor replica of Tiwanaku temple. Then descending to the more modern, southern part of La Paz to reach and visit the Valley of the Moon, where a clay mountain has been impressively shaped by erosion. Ride by cable car “Teleférico”, it’s an excellent choice to discover an excellent and beautiful view of La Paz. This is a must for every one!

Note: cable car ride can change day according to the itinerary

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH ADDITIONAL COST:

City Tour with Shoe-shiners (HALF DAY –WALKING TOUR)

 (Minimum 02 passengers)

A unique visit to the popular neighborhoods and markets of La Paz, guided by a “lustra bota” or shoe-shiner will provide different impressions of this unique city. Meeting with the “lustra guide” outside the former train terminal of La Paz. Hop on, on one of the many telefericos (cable cars) lines this vibrant city has, the Red Line, and get off where the walking tour starts, the main cemetery. After a short visit, continue walking to “Fish Street Market”, the “Flower Market” and the “Uruguay Market” where various species of animals and food can be seen. The tour continues to Eloy Salmón Street, lined with shops and stalls selling the latest technology and to the “Cholitas Market” where Cholitas (local ladies) can be seen shopping for traditional skirts and blankets. The tour concludes at the famous witches’ market on Linares and Sagarnaga Streets where we will learn a little bit of Andean cosmovision.

Overnight in La Paz

Meals included: Breakfast

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport. Morning flight from La Paz to Uyuni.

Early flight LPB/UYU (first flight available) – not included 

*We recommend having our office in Bolivia arrange your domestic flights. Ask your travel agent for a quote.

 

Meeting at the airport and transfer to Uyuni village.

Around 10:00 am, enter this unique natural wonder of salt with over 10.582 km2 at 3.692 m.a.s.l. to the “Isla Incahuasi” (2 hours), a special habitat of volcanic rocks and giant cactus. Then to the north to visit the pre-Columbian fort of Ayque Pucará and the nearby chullpares, both on the foothills of the Thunupa volcano; later continue east to Colchani (2 hours). Enjoy a beautiful sunset! - Night in salt hotel.

 

OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:

LUXURY COCKTAIL DURING THE SUNSET - (Minimum 02 passengers)

A spectacular time in Uyuni salt flats enjoying a luxury cocktail in the middle of this beautiful and huge salt desert during an incredible sunset. Included: Snacks (Ham, cheese, nuts, olives, bread) and wine

OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:

STAR WATCHING EXPERIENCE -  (Minimum 02 passengers)

Have an extraordinary experience in the middle of Uyuni salt flats at night. It will be a trip to the stars while staying on the earth with an indescribable feeling. (This visit depends on the weather).

Included: a cup of hot beverage (non-alcoholic)

 

Overnight in Palacio de Sal Hotel (Breakfast included)

 

This is an amazing hotel with walls, ceilings, chairs and tables made in salt. The purpose of this special construction is to be in balance with nature and the surrounding landscape also to enjoy a pleasant and unforgettable rest

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (picnic in the middle of the salt flat) and dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast.

 

OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:

SUNRISE IN UYUNI SALT FLATS - (Minimum 02 passengers)

Start the day very early in the morning, with a transfer to Uyuni salt flats. Once there, enjoy the landscape full of peace surrounded by water, salt and specially the spectacular sunrise. It will be a moment that will last the rest of your life. (This visit depends on the weather). Included: a cup of hot beverage (non-alcoholic)

 

 

Transfer to the nearby airport for a flight to La Paz.

Early flight UYU/LPB (first flight available) – not included

*We recommend having our office in Bolivia arrange your domestic flights. Ask your travel agent for a quote.

 

El Alto airport is currently the highest International airport in the world at 4,080m/13.115 ft. above sea level.  Transfer from airport to hotel, via a short highway from which there is a nice view over the city of La Paz and nearby snow-capped mountains.

 

 

 

 

OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:

Half day tour to Tiwanaku Ruins

Tiwanaku is a 1½ hours drive from La Paz (72 km/45 miles), throughout which the highlands are passed and the Aymaran way of life can be seen. Tiwanaku dating back to 1580BC - 1200AC, 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: Kalasasaya temple and the Gate of the Sun constructed out of stone, Ponce and Fraile monoliths; the Akapana pyramid and the semi-underground temple. Two local museums to view pottery, stone work and learn about the culture are also included on this trip.

 

OPTIONAL WITH EXTRA COST:

Optional: City Tour with shoe-shiners (half day)

A unique visit to the popular neighborhoods and markets of La Paz, guided by a “lustra bota” or shoe-shiner will provide different impressions of this unique city. Meeting with the “lustra guide” outside the former train terminal of La Paz. Hop on, on one of the many telefericos (cable cars) lines this vibrant city has, the Red Line, and get off where the walking tour starts, the main cemetery. After a short visit, continue walking to “Fish Street Market”, the “Flower Market” and the “Uruguay Market” where various species of animals and food can be seen. The tour continues to Eloy Salmón Street, lined with shops and stalls selling the latest technology and to the “Cholitas Market” where Cholitas (local ladies) can be seen shopping for traditional skirts and blankets. The tour concludes at the famous witches’ market on Linares and Sagarnaga Streets where we will learn a little bit of Andean cosmovision.

 

Overnight in La Paz.

Breakfast. At designated time transfer to the airport to board your international flight.

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