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Andean Highlands of Peru & Bolivia - 10 Days

Andean Highlands of Peru & Bolivia

Peru, Bolivia · Private Tour · 10 Days
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Private Tour
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culture
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landscape

Cross the cultural heart of the Andes with this magical journey. Start in Peru's melting pot, Lima, then journey from the Inca capitals of Cusco and Machu Picchu, to the stunning Lake Titicaca, and finish in the Bolivian capital of La Paz. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lima
Day 2 - Lima City Tour
Day 3 - Lima → Cusco
Day 4 - Cusco → Sacred Valley
Day 5 - Machu Picchu
Day 6 - Cusco → Puno
Day 7 - Lake Titicaca Boat Tour
Day 8 - Puno → La Paz
Day 9 - La Paz
Day 10 - La Paz departure

What is included

  • 9 nights accommodation at luxury hotels
  • English speaking local guides
  • Peru Rail train service
  • Mentioned meals
  • Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

What is NOT included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare Lima - Cusco
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips for guides, bus drivers and waiters
  • Expenses of personal nature
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day
1
Lima

After arriving to the Lima airport, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city and to what will happen while en route to the hotel. You will have afternoon free.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Lima City Tour

After breakfast, then at the scheduled time, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a great tour of the city's main avenues, boulevards, and squares.

The tour will begin with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). There, you will explore the square by foot and admire the exteriors of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the Cathedral of Lima, and the Municipalidad (City Hall), all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence.

Afterwards, you will visit La Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, you will make your way to the Convento de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Convent), a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country.

Lunch at Cafe Del Museo restaurant. The highlight of the tour must be the Larco Herrera Museum. Housed in an elegant, whitewashed mansion with a lovely garden, this museum contains the largest private collection of pre-Columbian pottery in Peru, with several tens of thousands of the finest ceramics from diverse pre-Hispanic cultures.

You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along peculiar streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), witness to untold numbers of past and present romances, and source of inspiration for one of Peru's great composers, Chabuca Granda.

Remaining of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Lima → Cusco

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.

Upon arriving in the city of Cusco, get your luggage, walk out the exit and look for a person holding a sign with your name on it. He will give you a brief introduction to the city and what you can expect while en route to the hotel.

In the afternoon, you will then visit nearby Fortaleza de Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision.

As you return to the lower part of the city, just a few blocks away, you will discover one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple) - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. You will complete the day with a stroll through the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

You will have the rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at the hotel.



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Lima → Cusco 1h 20min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Palacio del Inka Hotel

Standard Room Cusco

day
4
Cusco → Sacred Valley

After breakfast, we will continue or trip toward Sacred Valley, you will soon reach the must-see stop of Awanakancha. Here, you will learn about the various types of camelids (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas, and Guanacos) that live in the Andes region. Additionally, the local villagers will teach you about the ancestral methods and techniques used to produce their textile art.

Then visit Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. You will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where you can find extraordinarily fine jewellery and ceramic and textile craftwork.

You will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. Discover the large archaeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys.

Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Casita Superior Room Valle Sagrado

day
5
Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you will visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Aboard a comfortable train, you will depart for the Aguas Calientes train station, enjoying a spectacular view along the way. Upon arrival, you will transfer to a bus that will take you to the entrance gate of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away.

You will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incans as you explore this magical citadel along with your guide. After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Time permitting you will be able to head back to the site for a second visit. At the scheduled time, you will be picked up and taken to the Aguas Calientes train station, where you will board your return train.

Upon your arrival at the station just outside of Cusco, a private transfer service will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the city.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Ollantaytambo → Aguas Calientes 1h 50min
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Aguas Calientes → Ollantaytambo 1h 50min
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Ollantaytambo → Cusco 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Palacio del Inka Hotel

Standard Room Cusco

day
6
Cusco → Puno

After breakfast, we will depart from Cusco to Puno on board a comfortable vehicle, as we enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Andes.

During our trip, we will make a brief stop at Andahuaylillas, a friendly, warm-weather town which is home to one of the most unique churches in the Andes, known as Peru’s Sistine Chapel. You will be dazzled by the beautifully decorated murals and frescoes covering walls, baseboards, ceilings and facades.

Our following stop is Racchi, one of the most important constructions of the Inca Empire, known for its extraordinary architecture. We will then cross the La Raya Pass, which lies at 14,222 feet (4,335 meters) above sea level. Our last stop will be the town of Pucara, known as the place where the Toritos (little bulls) of Pucara are made.

Buffet lunch at a country-style restaurant, where we will enjoy the regional cuisine.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Cusco → Puno386 km 6h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Libertador Puno Hotel

Superior Room Puno

day
7
Lake Titicaca Boat Tour

After breakfast, enjoy an extraordinary journey across the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca.

Travel to legendary places where time seems to have stood still. Your first stop will be the Uros floating islands. You will continue your voyage across the placid waters of the lake until you come to the picturesque island of Taquile, a peaceful place where old Quechua traditions live in perfect balance with modernity.

Admire their beautiful hand-made fabrics. Most importantly, enjoy the unbelievable hospitality of the islanders, known as Taquilenos, who will make your visit to the island a memorable one. Before making your way back to Puno, you will have lunch at a local home.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Libertador Puno Hotel

Superior Room Puno

day
8
Puno → La Paz

After breakfast, we'll pick you up at your hotel in a private vehicle and we'll head to the Sanctuary of Copacabana. Upon arrival, we'll visit the main square and the Cathedral (sanctuary of the Black Virgin of Copacabana), before boarding the catamaran that will take us on a cruise through Lake Titicaca to the Island of the Sun, the cradle of the Inca Empire.

We’ll have lunch on ship. On this legendary island we will visit the Garden, the Steps and the Inca Fountain. Then we'll visit the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, Bolivia's main private tourist attraction, which includes the underground Ekako museum, the traditional medicine centers and the construction of totora reed vessels, the Pachamama terraces of Incan agriculture, a handicraft center, the Intica refuge and the widest variety of Andean camelids located in the Manco Capac lookout point.

At this complex, we'll also sail on a huge traditional totora reed vessel and we'll enjoy the panoramic view of the Incan Pilkokaina Palace. We'll also have an opportunity to participate in the ancient Kallawaya ceremony as well as the water ceremony.

At the end of this visit we'll board the catamaran again, which will take us to the port of Chua as we enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Upon arrival, a bus will be waiting to take us to La Paz.

Overnight at a hotel.


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Puno → Chua
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Mitru Hotel

Standard Room La Paz

day
9
La Paz

After breakfast, we'll pick you up from your hotel to visit the archaeological complex of Tiahuanaco, one of the most ancient civilizations of the Americas (approx. 1589 B.C.).

During its golden age it served as the main ceremonial center and was also the cradle of Andean culture. We'll visit the Temple of Kalasasaya (Sun), the Gate of the Sun, the Semi Subterranean Temple (Earth), the Akapana Pyramid and its museum, where you can see an impressive collection of objects and instruments from ancient civilizations. After this visit, we will return to the hotel.

In the afternoon, we'll visit the famous Witches Market, the colonial Church of San Francisco and the handicraft shops of Calle Sagarnaga. We’ll continue our tour through the city of La Paz with Plaza Murillo, where the Government Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Parliament are located. We’ll then move on to the well-known Jaen street, where the city's most important museums are located. From here we'll move on to the replica of the Tiahuanaco culture's semi-underground temple.

At the end of this visit, we’ll shift gears and go to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida. Our trip will end with a visit to the spectacular Valley of the Moon, where we'll go on a short walk to visit a pottery workshop and view a demonstration of this art.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Mitru Hotel

Standard Room La Paz

day
10
La Paz departure

After breakfast, then at the scheduled time, you will be assisted in your transfer to the airport or station.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Cusco
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Palacio del Inka Hotel

Standard Room
Valle Sagrado
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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Casita Superior Room
Puno
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Libertador Puno Hotel

Superior Room
La Paz
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Mitru Hotel

Standard Room

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$3435$2890

Photos

Uros floating Islands, Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca Catamaran
Machu Picchu
Valley of the Moon, La Paz
San Francisco Church, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Sacsayhuaman, Cusco
Machu Picchu
Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca
Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley
Kalasasaya Temple, Tiahuanaco
Traditional textiles, Sacred Valley

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