See the best of Peru with fascinating Inca ruins, colourful Indian markets, spectacular mountain scenery and the lush landscapes of the Amazon rainforest. End with a little taste of Bolivia and the dizzy heights of La Paz.
Welcome to Peru and the start of your holiday. Upon arriving to your hotel the afternoon offers free time. This evening a group welcome meeting will be held.
Overnight - Lima
Days 2 - 4: Amazon Jungle
Lima – Amazon Jungle – Cuzco. A short flight takes us to the jungle community of Puerto Maldonado, the starting point for our journey into the Amazon. From here a bus followed by a motorised canoe ride downriver brings us to our jungle lodge. During our time in the rainforest we’ll visit Monkey Island, renowned for its great variety of monkey species, as well as birdlife. Trekking through dense jungle and marshland, our guide will point out the various species of bird and plant found in the forest. There will be the chance to take a canoe ride along one of the small lakes hidden away in the jungle. Keep your eyes peeled for caiman and, if you’re lucky, the rare giant otter. Later enjoy the view of the lake and the canopy wildlife from a viewing platform. Spend an afternoon at the Gamitana River where you can try your hand at fishing or simply take a dip.
We head back to Puerto Maldonado for our return flight to Cuzco where the rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating ancient capital. Overnight - Amazon Jungle (2), Cuzco (1) (B:2, L:2, D:2)
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Days 5 - 9: Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
Cuzco – Inca Trail Trek (or free time in Cuzco) – Cuzco. A full day is spent visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the Pisac ruins, a traditional Indian market and the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain. For those who have chosen to hike the Inca Trail Trek, a short bus ride will take us to our starting point where we begin a once in a lifetime journey on the ancient trail of the Incas.
Day 2 includes the highest point of the trail and reaches 4200m in height. This is physically the most demanding point but rewards you with spectacular views. Fascinating ruins and dramatic mountain scenery fill every day of the hike and on the final day of the trek you will have free time in Machu Picchu. Take the chance to relieve your tired body in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes before returning to Cuzco by train.
If you are not participating in the trek then you will visit Machu Picchu by train and have plenty of free time to enjoy the activities available in and around Cuzco. Overnight - Ollantaytambo (1), Inca Trail Trek (3), Cuzco (1) (B:3, L:3, D:3)
Make the most of your free time here exploring amazing churches, colonial buildings and picturesque streets, many of which have Inca walls, arches and doorways. Optional excursions such as white water
rafting, horse riding, mountain biking and canoeing are also on offer. Overnight - Cuzco
Cuzco – Puno – Lake Titicaca – Puno - La Paz. Passing hot mineral pools, snow capped mountains and traditional Native Indian villages where locals sell their wares, we leave Cuzco and head to the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Arriving at the compact town of Puno we'll see its thriving markets filled with women donning the traditional costume of bowler hats and many layered skirts. We'll also learn about the culture of the Uros people with a boat visit to the floating reed islands. We continue by boat to the island of Amantani where we’ll enjoy the hospitality of native Aymara/Quechua families and stay in their homes. The next morning we visit Taquile Island where you can buy unique handicrafts at the local cooperative shops. Overnight - Puno (1), Lake Titicaca (1), Puno (1) (B:1, L:1, D:1)
Day 14: Puno to La Paz
Puno - La Paz or Lima. As we continue our journey we have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains as the road winds its way into La Paz, the highest capital city in the world at 3,636 metres. Built on a series of hills and considered one of the world's most beautiful cities, La Paz was established in the basin of a canyon with the snow-capped Mount Illimani in the background. Our hotel is very centrally located and is just around the corner from the city's colourful Indian street markets including the fascinating and suitably named 'witches market' where bowler hat wearing women in their flared skirts sell such items as dead cats and llamas foetuses said to ward off evil spirits. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance. The square still retains its colonial buildings including the Presidential Palace. La Paz is possibly the best place to experience a traditional pena show of Andean music and dance where local bands play time -honoured instruments such as zamponas (pipes) and charangos (ukulele). There are also many optional excursions available. You might like to visit the Moon Valley with its stange rock formations shaped by the weather ortake in the incredible views from Mount Chacaltaya and the world's highest ski resort at 5,221 metres. Another fantastic excursion is to the emerald green area of Coroico, the gateway to the Bolivian jungle region and a great place to see sub -tropical vegetation and plants. En route you will cross a 5,000 metre high pass before descending to 1,300 metres on narrow mountain roads bordered by sheer drops. The excursion to Coroico can also be done by mountain bike, as it is downhill nearly all the way and very exhilarating, but not for the faint hearted!
If you have chosen to end your tour in Lima, our representative will meet you this morning and transfer you to Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima. Here you will be met by another of our representatives who will transfer you to our hotel for one more night. Your tour will conclude tomorrow. Happy Travels! Overnight - La Paz
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today, please confirm with the reception the check out time. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Inca Trail , Lares Trek or Macchu Pichhu by Train
If you have always dreamed of trekking the Inca Trail you will need to book your trip in advance (4 months is ideal) as the number of Inca Trail permits is limited to 500 per day. Booking early gives us the best opportunity for securing one of these permits.
When booking your tour with us we'll need your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. With this information we can then apply for a permit.
If the Inca Trail is unavailable, you can opt to hike the Lares Trek. With its breathtaking passes, glacial lakes and hot springs, this less crowded option, which also ends with a full day’s visit to Machu Picchu, is thought to be equally if not more spectacular than the Inca Trail. Alternatively you could also choose to spend your time in Cuzco and take a day trip to Machu Pichhu by train.
End your tour in Lima
It is possible to end this tour in Lima - includes flight from Puno to Lima and transfers on day 14. Tour ends day 15 in Lima. Please specify your preference at time of booking. Supplement applies, please see the pricing page.
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Prices & Departure Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price (please note that single rooms may not be available at every overnight stop, refer to the Go Guide to see which nights this is applicable to). If travelling solo and you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.
Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day!
If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.
Deposit - If trekking the Inca Trail or Lares Trek please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Inca Trail/Lares Trek deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please contact us for further details.
Option to end your tour in Lima:
It is possible to end this tour in Lima - includes flight from Puno to Lima and transfers on day 14. Tour ends day 15 in Lima. Please specify your preference at time of booking. Supplement applies, please see the bottom of this price page for details.
Special Offer - 15% off Group Tours
Book any South America Group Tour and receive 15% off the tour price. Valid for all new bookings made between 2nd July - 30th July 2014. Subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Please contact our reservations team in order to take advantage of this discount.
Trails to Titicaca - 15 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Make the most of your time away! Listed below are the optional activities that are available on this trip. Please note that you will need to book these prior to travel as we cannot always guarantee availability of these activities once you are on holiday.
Etched into the desert landscape on the coast of Peru, the strange and mysterious Nazca Lines are one of Peru’s star attractions. The Nazca lines and shapes include a monkey, hummingbird, condor, spider
and even a spaceman. You’ll also visit some of the world’s highest sand dunes at Huacachina Oasis, the ancient mummies of Chauchilla Cemetery and experience the celebrated wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands. The
Ballestas Islands are teeming with over 150 species of bird life (including penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans), thousands of sea lions and boast some amazing rock formations. Although it is not possible
to set foot on the islands, you’ll experience the magnificent sight and sounds of the thousands of sea lions and birds and maybe even spot seals and dolphins playing around the boat.
Beginning in the highest capital city in the world, La Paz, we journey into the Salar de Uyuni, one of the most stunning beautiful places in Bolivia. The salar is an otherworldly vista of endless white salt flats stretching far into the distant horizon. Claimed to be the largest salt flat in the world, the vast and brilliant area covers some 10,500 square kilometres and is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, reaching a depth of 10 metres at its centre.
If you are interested in trips with similar experiences to this one, then check out some of the ones we've listed below.
We offer a range of opportunities for you to get to know the locals and learn about their culture and lifestyle whilst travelling. The best way to learn about any culture is to live in the homes of the people, and participate in day to day activities. Whether its through community visits, accompanying Berbers in Morocco on their bi-annual migration or using homestay accommodation where you can experience real local warmth and hospitality.
Get off the beaten track on one of our trekking expeditions. Hike in the rugged High Atlas mountains and the lush valley terrain in Morocco, climb to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, through the stunning Annapurna region in Nepal or follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary to the base camp of mighty Mt Everest! Journey to South America and follow the legendary Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu, trek to the Rose City of Petra in Jordan, or up to the remote hill tribes of the beautiful Tonkinese Alps in Vietnam. We offer all these active adventures and more!
The beautiful Amazon rainforest covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America, the majority of which is contained with in Brazil, then Peru and smaller amounts in Ecuador and Bolivia and other South American countries.
Mysterious Machu Picchu, often called “The lost City of the Incas” is a stunning sight that will amaze and astound any visitor, and since it was not plundered by the Spanish when they conquered the Incas, it is especially important as a cultural site and is considered a sacred place. It was recently voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Highlights & Inclusions
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
Lima - free time to explore the capital's vibrant markets and colonial museums
Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets
Puno, Taquile Island and Amantani and Uros islanders
La Paz - capital of Bolivia visit the Witches
Market or the Presidential Palace
Amazon Jungle - guided tour of the rainforest and trekking
Inca Trail trek amd Machu Picchu
Lake Titicaca & Puno - floating reed islands, Uros islanders and Amantani island, Taquile Island
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Excursions and entrance fees to the Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
3 day Inca Trail hike with local guide and guiding touring of Machu Picchu
Escorted by a tour leader and specialist local guides at some sites
Economy class flights from Lima - Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
Boat trips in the Amazon and on Lake Titicaca. Guided tours of Amantani and Taquile Islands
Relevant transport by Local public bus, train, boat and taxi
What's Not Included
International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Items of a personal nature and additional meals
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Trails to Titicaca - 15 days
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to others, no
problem. The tour guides were great and the service provided by the porters/chefs, etc, on the Inca Trail was amazing. I felt so lazy!
There is just so much to see in Peru & Bolivia, and with guides like
Roberto, Wilbur & Huber, you really get the full experience.