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Stay on the South Coast and in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes
Magnificent discovery of the South Coast! After the visit of Lima, the City of Kings, we will discover Paracas, the dunes of Huacachina, Nazca and its mysterious lines, the “white city” of Arequipa then the Colca canyon known for its terraced crops and habitat of condors, lords of the Peruvian sky. We will then reach the highest navigable lake in the world, the Titicaca, before heading to La Paz, the economic capital of Bolivia and the starting point of our expedition to the Uyuni Salt Desert. After several days in the heart of this white paradise we will return to Peru for the last stage of our trip: Cusco, center of the Inca culture with its ruins, its Sacred Valley and the Wonder of Machu Picchu.
|NOT INCLUDED||International flights to and from the place of arrival and departure
Anything not mentioned under “Included.”
Compulsory travel insurance (accident/repatriation)
Your expenses on site
Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant. Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away as well as for your personal expenses.
We will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel located in the Miraflores district. End of the day free.
Night in Lima
We’re off on an exciting city tour. We will visit the bohemian district of Barranco, modern Lima with Miraflores and the historical center of the Peruvian capital.
Night in Lima
Private guided tour in English/ Entrance fees included / Private transportation
Lima - Paracas
We leave Lima by the South Panamericana in the direction of Paracas, a small fishing village, where we will stay. After dropping off our suitcases, we will enter the desert where the Paracas National Reserve is located. We will stay there until early afternoon before returning to the hotel.
Night in Paracas
Private Transfers / English-Spanish Group Visits / Entrance fees included / CRUZ DEL SUR Comfort Line Bus to Lima – Paracas
Ballestas Islands - Huacachina
Early in the morning, we will embark for the Ballestas Islands, known as the habitat of many birds and the famous Humbolt penguins. At the end of the morning, a private transport will take us to Ica with a stop at a winery for lunch and a guided tour followed by the tasting of local products. We will then go to the famous Huacachina Oasis, in a magnificent setting, where we will go for a buggy ride in the dunes. Evening meal included.
Night in Huacachina
English-Spanish group tours of the islands / Private transfer / Entrance fees included / Evening meal included
This morning we leave for Nazca, the centre of the civilization of the same name, at the origin of the famous Nazca lines that you can fly over as an option. If the weather permits, in the afternoon we will visit the archaeological site of Cahuachi. In the evening, we will take a night bus that will take us to Arequipa (5* bus on the Panamericana).
Night in the bus
Optional Line Overflight (125usd) / Private transfer / Entrance fees included / Private English tour / CRUZ DEL SUR 5* Comfort Line Bus
We walk through this magnificent city, nicknamed the White City because of its facades built in sillar, a clear volcanic rock. On the menu of this visit is the Convent of Saint Catherine, a real city within the city with its streets, parks, cloisters. We will also visit Juanita, one of the best preserved mummies in the world, discovered in 1995 at the top of the Ampato Volcano.
Night in Arequipa
Private English speaking tour for the city / Entrance fees included / Private transfer / English speaking group visit for Juanita
Arequipa – Colca Canyon
We leave early in the morning for Chivay, with on the road a magnificent view of the volcanoes of the cordillera. We will cross the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas where we will have the opportunity to observe herds of vicuñas. Arriving at the village, located in the middle of green terraces more than 1,500 years old, we will have lunch and continue to the hotel. In the afternoon, if you wish, we will leave for a short walk in the countryside with the visit of the UyoUyo ruins and an end of the day in thermal baths.
Night in Yanque
Shared transportation / Private English speaking guide / Tickets included
Colca Canyon - Puno
Early in the morning, we will first reach the Cross of the Condor, an excellent observation point on the Canyon, where we may have the chance to appreciate the flight of the Peruvian sky lords. Then we will follow the Canyon to reach the villages of Pinchollo and Maca. After lunch, we will continue our trip to the city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Night in Puno
Shared transportation, private guide, bus with guide for the route to Puno.
Puno – Amantani Island
Boat for the Uros Islands entirely built in reed. After an explanation of the daily life in this unique environment we will continue in the direction of Amantani Island.
Our host families will pick us up at the port before serving us lunch. In the afternoon we will leave for a short walk through beautiful landscapes and pre-Inca ruins which will offer us an excellent introduction to the economic and social life of this “state within the state”.
Night at the inhabitant’s house
Amantani Island – Taquile Island - Puno
After breakfast, we embark for our return to Puno. We will visit Taquile Island, famous for its high quality craftsmanship and special traditions classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, we will return to Puno.
Arrival late afternoon. Night in Puno
Puno – La Paz
Private transport to La Paz, the economic capital of Bolivia where we will arrive in the late afternoon.
Stop en route at the site of Tiahuanaco.
After your installation at the hotel the evening is left free.
Night in La Paz.
Today, we leave for a magnificent tour of the city with the Plaza Murillo, the historic centre and the witch market on the programme. Depending on the time available, we will travel with the new cable car between the city centre and El Alto in order to fully appreciate the peculiarity of this city built in a basin.
Night in La Paz
Private English speaking guide, entrance fees included
La Paz – Uyuni – Sud Lipez
Flight to Uyuni then we start a 3 day private 4×4 trip to extraordinary regions, from the largest salt desert in the world to the colorful hills of South Lipez. We will cross unique landscapes that will remain engraved in your memory. Having our own vehicle, we will be able to stop wherever we want and for as long as we want.
During this trip, we will strive to offer you the best possible comfort, whether on the road or in our stopover accommodations. It is however necessary to know that even the best accommodation for the next 3 nights will be rudimentary. However, this relative lack of comfort will be largely compensated by the beauty of what you will see. Night in a small dormitory. (Possibility to have private rooms for an extra charge).
On day 15, flight back to La Paz in the evening (evening meal of day 15 not included).
Return flight La Paz-Uyuni-La paz / Private tour / Full board during the tour in 4×4 / Private transfers
Morning free to finish discovering this unique city by yourself or to rest after more than two weeks of intensive travel. In the early afternoon you take your bus to Cusco.
Night in the bus
Private transfer / Bus line La Paz – Cusco
Optional: It is also possible to spend an extra night in La Paz and fly the next morning to Cusco. Please contact us for more information if you are interested.
Arriving in the “navel of the world” we will go directly to your hotel where you can settle down and enjoy a free day. The opportunity to start exploring this city steeped in history or to rest.
Night in Cusco
In Cusco, we offer several tourist and local activities. Our experience on site will also allow you to experience the city from the inside. After the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, you will explore either the Temple of the Sun or the Inca Museum before heading to the Central Market, while strolling through the narrow streets of the Historic Centre and the bohemian San Blas district.
Night in Cusco
Private tours, including entrance fees
Visit with our own bus to the Sacred Valley. We start in the weavers’ village of Chinchero where we will learn a little more about weaving and wool dyeing techniques. We will then continue to the agronomic laboratory of Moray before visiting the Maras saltworks. We will end our day in Ollantaytambo.
Night in Ollantaytambo.
Private visit, entrance fees included, private transport
Early in the morning, you take the train to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a guided tour of the Inca citadel, considered a masterpiece of Inca architecture and classified as World Heritage.
Optional: The most courageous will be able to climb the Machu Picchu mountain or the Huayna Picchu, offering at their summits a magnificent view of this Inca city so long forgotten.
You will also have some time to isolate yourself and contemplate this site with the necessary calm.
You will then go back down towards the station to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus to Cusco.
Night in Cusco
Private English speaking guide to be found at the entrance of the site / bus and train to Machu Picchu included / private transfer from Ollantaytambo
Optional: Entrance to climb Huayna Picchu ($10) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($10)
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.
The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.
When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).
All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.
We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.
Currency / Credit Cards
Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.
Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.
In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.
Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.
For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.
Material to take with you
|Passport and 2 copies||Visa (if required)||Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy|
|Airline tickets and copy||Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency|
|1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel)||Camera||Binoculars|
|Reading/writing materials||Flashlight||2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)|
|1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater||Warm underwear||Cap|
|Warm and waterproof jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bathing suitcase|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medicines you usually take|
Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)
You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).