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Welcome to Peru and the start of your adventure with On the Go Tours. Upon your arrival at Lima's international airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in with the remainder of the day at leisure.
For centuries Lima was considered the most beautiful city in Spanish America. Discover why with a scheduled morning tour (SHARED SERVICE). Many of the city’s most imposing and important buildings were built around the Plaza Mayor in the heart of the old town. Here you’ll find the opulent facade of the Presidential Palace where each day the ceremonial changing of the guard takes place. Nearby is the austere Catedral and various small palaces and balconied edifices that helped Lima claim UNESCO World Heritage status. Discover contemporary Lima in the plush suburb of San Isidro and lively Miraflores before continuing to the quiet district of Pueblo Libre to see the stylish hacienda museum, which exhibits hundreds of excellently preserved ceramics.
Day at leisure for you to independently explore Lima.
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cuzco where on your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day is at leisure, offering a chance to acclimatise to the altitude.
Considered the archaeological capital of South America, Cuzco is home to some of the finest examples of Inca history and architecture, which you will discover touring the sights of the Plaza de Armas, the Catedral and the Koricancha complex – a supreme example of Inca stonework, on an afternoon tour. Head out further afield to tour the Kenko Amphitheatre, the fortified hunting lodge of Puca Pucara, the stunning imperial baths of Tambo Machay and the megalithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
This morning we will transfer you to the train station for a stunning train journey to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Sit back and enjoy the views as the landscape changes from the Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle. Upon your arrival enjoy a full day private of this incredible site, exploring the citadel and the wonderful Temple of the Sun and magical Temple of the Moon. Other highlights include the fascinating Sacred Plaza and the elaborately carved Intihuatana rock. The night will be spent in the town besides the ruins.
The morning is free for you to revisit Machu Picchu if you wish (second entry ticket not included). Later today you will be transferred to the train station for your Vistadome train back to Cuzco where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day at leisure.
Today board a public tourist bus to Puno. Long distance buses in Peru are surprisingly comfortable with excellent on-board facilities including video entertainment, complimentary snacks and roomy seats. It’s also an excellent opportunity to see how the locals travel in style. Stops will be made along the way for lunch. On arrival in Puno you will be collected and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel La Hacienda.
After breakfast board a yacht from Puno port for a shared cruise and private tour around the floating islands of Uros. Inhabited by fishermen and hunters, these beautiful islands are made from totora reeds and were built in order to escape the imposition of invading cultures. Your cruise continues to the neighbouring island of Taquile. The peasant community of this island has kept intact the customs and traditions of their ancestors and a visit here is like taking a step back in time. After lunch visit archaeological ruins and soak up the immensity of Lake Titicaca – the world’s highest navigable lake – from the beautiful beaches that line Taquile’s shore. Later return to Puno. Overnight at the Hotel La Hacienda.
This morning you will be transferred to the bus station for your public bus to Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of Lake Titicaca. There will be some free time here for lunch and a quick walk around the town before you will board your next bus that continues on to La Paz. Arriving into La Paz you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Osira Hotel.
La Paz, the highest city in the world, is built in the basin of a canyon with the snow-capped Mount Illimani in the background. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and a visit to the strange rock formations of Moon Valley (SHARED SERVICE). Overnight at the La Casona Hotel Boutique.
Today we will transfer you to the Senda Verde Animal Sanctuary. For the next 4 nights your own arrangements have been made - no accommodation or transportation provided.
Today we will collect you from Coroico and transfer you to the international airport in La Paz in time for your onward departure flight.