FROM: USD $1,975

Taking in the very best of Peru, this 22-day overland adventure visits the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands, the world-famous Nazca Lines and includes trekking to the phenomenal ruins of Machu Picchu. We then cross into Bolivia to the serene shores of Lake Titicaca and the city of La Paz.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
La Paz to Lima

Trip Highlights

Huacachina - sandboard and dune buggy in the desert dunes surrounding this oasis town
Nazca - view the mysterious Nazca Lines with option of a short flight
Colca Canyon - visit one of the deepest canyons in the world
Trek the Inca Trail, get off the beaten track on the Wild Andes Trek or opt to take the train to Machu Picchu
Puno - visit the floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
Ballestas Islands - enjoy a boat trip to view incredible native wildlife
Arequipa - independently explore this beautiful colonial city
Raqchi - spend a night with a local Quechua family at a homestay
Machu Picchu - explore this spectacular Inca citadel set high in the Andes Mountains
Lake Titicaca - take a boat trip across Lake Titicaca from Copacabana and spend a night on Isla del Sol

Included

Choice of the unique Wild Andes Trek, the classic Inca Trail Trek or the train journey to visit Machu Picchu.
Option 2 - Inca Trail Trek - 20 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners. 4 nights basic hotel, 11 nights comfortable hotels, 4 nights camping, 1 night hostel and 1 night homestay.
Boat trip to see the seals & seabirds on the Ballestas Islands
2 night stay and guided trip to see Colca Canyon and condors
Guided tour of the Sacred Valley
Lake Titicaca - Boat trip to the Uros Floating Islands and boat trip to Isla Del Sol with a hike across the island
Services of two crew (drivers/tour leaders) and local guides along the way.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek - 20 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners. 7 nights basic hotel, 9 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights camping, 1 night hostel and 1 night homestay.
Option 3 - Machu Picchu by Train - 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners. 6 nights basic hotel, 12 nights comfortable hotels, 1 night hostel, 1 night camping and 1 night homestay.
Visit the incredible ancient Nazca sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the nearby Cahuachi Pyramid
Quechua Indian homestay and community crafts project and guided visit to the Raqchi ruins
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
All camping fees and appropriate equipment.

Not Included

Items of a personal nature, additional meals and drinks
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
International flights and visas
Sleeping bag and roll mat - please bring your own for camping

Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Welcome to Peru and the start of your adventure! Make your own way to our joining hotel in Lima, where we have a welcome meeting at 6pm for you to meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. The rest of today is free for you to explore Peru's buzzing capital, which is the second-largest city in the Americas behind Sao Paulo.
Overnight: Lima

Day 2

Ballestas Islands & Huacachina

Lima - Paracas - Huacachina. This morning we have a very early start to beat rush hour and drive to Paracas National Park, one of the most important marine reserves in the world. Here we board a local boat for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to see incredible resident wildlife such as Humboldt penguins, Blackish oystercatchers and vast colonies of sea lions.

After lunch, we continue our journey south to reach Huacachina, a stunning desert oasis town surrounded by towering sand dunes. Here we have the option to head out for a fun evening of sand boarding and dune buggying.
Overnight: Huacachina  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Nazca Lines

Huacachina - Nazca. Today we continue south to reach Nazca, home to the world-famous and mysterious Nazca Lines. Thought to have been created over 1,000 years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, the Nazca Lines are a series of geometric shapes, figures and lines that have been etched into the ground. Their purpose remains unknown to this day and we stop en route at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of these incredible designs.

This afternoon we have the option of a 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines, which is by far the best way to appreciate their size. Some designs are so large they can only be fully seen from the sky.
Overnight: Nazca

Day 4

Puerto Inca

Nazca - Puerto Inca. Today we journey from Nazca to visit the ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of Nazca civilization. In the afternoon we then continue to Puerto Inca, a resort set on the Peruvian Pacific coast and a great spot to relax on the beach.
Overnight: Puerto Inca  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-6

Arequipa

Puerto Inca - Arequipa. Today we head inland to the ‘White City’ of Arequipa, set against the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped El Misti volcano. Along the way, enjoy soaking up the views and playing games with your fellow travellers.

Day 6 is free to explore this beautiful city independently or take one of our optional activities. Perhaps learn to make Peruvian cuisine in a cooking class, take a guided tour of the Santa Catalina convent or enjoy an exciting morning of white-water rafting on the Chili River.
Overnight: Arequipa (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Days 7-8

Colca Canyon

Arequipa - Chivay. This morning we have more free time to explore Arequipa, then after lunch we continue our drive to Chivay. This highland town is the gateway to the magnificent Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world.

On day 8 we take a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along this spectacular canyon, which is also famous for its resident condors. We have plenty of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting these incredible birds. On the way back to Chivay we visit some local communities, then this afternoon is free to explore or take an optional trip to the nearby hot springs.
Overnight: Chivay (2)  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 9

Raqchi

Chivay - Raqchi. This morning we drive through the beautiful landscape of the Peruvian highlands as we make our way to the small village of Raqchi. This evening the villagers invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony and we enjoy some lively music from the local musicians. Tonight we stay in traditional family homes as guests of the local villagers.
Overnight: Raqchi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 10-11

Cusco

Raqchi - Cusco. This morning we explore the Inca ruins of the Temple of Qiracocha, before visiting a local artisan centre to see a pottery demonstration. In the afternoon we then drive to the charming city of Cusco, the former Inca capital and world-famous gateway to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu.

Day 11 is free to explore this historical city independently or perhaps enjoy an optional activity such as a Peruvian cooking class or a Spanish class so you can exchange a few words with the locals.
Overnight: Cusco (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 12

The Sacred Valley

The next four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek or trekking the Classic Inca Trail. Alternatively, if you don't wish to hike, our Train Package offers further free time to explore Cusco and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley. For more information please refer to the Trip Notes.

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
We leave Cusco early to visit the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman, before heading to the small Quechua-speaking village of Chinchero. We see a traditional weaving demonstration and visit the Quillarumiyoc temple, then begin our trek to Zurite where we enjoy a traditional dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac and free time to explore the impressive archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. We spend the night in a comfortable hotel before our trek starts the following morning. (Breakfast & Lunch)

Option 3 - Train Package
Leaving Cusco with those embarking on the Wild Andes Trek, we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a scenic drive via the town of Pisac to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch we return to Cusco, where we stay in a centrally located hotel for a further three nights. (Breakfast & Lunch)

PLEASE NOTE: You must advise at time of booking if you wish to book the classic Inca Trail Trek (which is subject to availability) or the non trekking Train Package, otherwise you will automatically be put on the Wild Andes Trek.
Overnight: Zurite/Ollantaytambo/Cusco  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Wild Andes / Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Zurite - Amaruwatana. After breakfast we start trekking towards Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), then continue along an ancient path to the top of our first pass at 4,400 metres, where we enjoy amazing views of the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. We then make our way to our camp in the Sambor Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Ollantaytambo - Wayllabamba. This morning we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho, where the Classic Inca Trail trek begins, and we are joined by our crew of local porters and cooks. Crossing the River Urubamba, we enjoy stunning views of Mount Veronica and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata, before continuing through lush farmland and gradually climbing to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3000 metres). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
Spend today enjoying free time in Cusco, perhaps visiting its museums and churches, shopping for Peruvian textiles and handicrafts or enjoying delicious local cuisine in one of the many restaurants. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Amaruwatana/Wayllabamba/Cusco  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Wild Andes / Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Amaruwatana - Ancascocha. We have an early start to trek for 2 hours to the top of our second pass at 4,700 metres, where we have fantastic views of the surrounding rock formations and the chance to spot Andean wildlife such as eagles, caracaras or ibises. We then descend for 2 hours into a stunning highland valley for an idyllic lunch beside the glacial Kengo Mayu River, before continuing downhill along the ancient trail to our campsite in the Ancascocha area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo. It's the most challenging section of the Inca Trail today as we ascend for 4 hours through Andean cloud forest to reach the ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at an elevation of 4,200 metres. From here we are rewarded with astonishing panoramic views of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges, before we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley and to our camp for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
Today is another free day to enjoy all that the city of Cusco has to offer. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Ancascocha/Pacamayo/Cusco  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Wild Andes / Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Ancascocha - Ollantaytambo. Descending through the Silque Canyon, we reach the Camicancha area and stop at a magnificent viewpoint looking towards snow-capped Mount Veronica. From here it’s only a short trek to Chilca, where our trail ends, and our vehicle takes us to rest and shower at our hotel in Ollantaytambo. Later we enjoy a guided tour of the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous Temple of the Sun. (Breakfast)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Pacaymayo - Winay Wayna. Following ancient stone steps and paths, we ascend to the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca, also known as the ‘Town above the Clouds’. Heading down the Andean slope, we reach our final campsite at the Winay Wayna ruins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
This morning you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and your hotel for the night. Here you rejoin the Wild Andes trekkers and your tour leader when they arrive from their trek in the afternoon. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Ollantaytambo/Winay Wayna/Ollantaytambo  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Machu Picchu

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek & Option 3 - Train Package
Ollantyatambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Today we take an incredibly scenic train journey to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here we board a local bus that winds up the mountainside to Machu Picchu, the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. Here we enjoy a guided tour and plenty of free time to explore this iconic sight, which was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon we return to Ollantaytambo by train and then drive back to our hotel in Cusco. (Breakfast)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu. Leaving Winay Wayna, we descend through highland jungle to Intupunku, the ‘Sun Gate’ leading to Machu Picchu, where we catch our first views of this Inca wonder at sunrise. Our local guide explains the site’s history and mythology, before we have some free time to explore and take plenty of photographs. Later we head down to Aguas Calientes and take the train to Ollantaytambo, before returning to Cusco for a well-deserved rest. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast

Day 17

Free day in Cusco

Today is free to rest and relax after our incredible treks or further explore the historical city of Cusco.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast

Day 18

Puno & Lake Titicaca

Cusco - Puno. Leaving Cusco, we journey through the highlands of Peru to Puno today. Set on the shores of Lake Titicaca, this town is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian cultures, where you can still witness traditional Andean customs. This afternoon there's a boat trip on Lake Titicaca to visit the remarkable floating islands of Uros, which are made entirely from totora reeds.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast

Day 19

Isla del Sol

Puno - Copacabana - Isla del Sol (Bolivia). This morning we cross the border into Bolivia and head to the picturesque town of Copacabana set on the shores of Lake Titicaca. From here we catch a boat to the beautiful island of Isla del Sol, which is one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti.
Overnight: Isla Del Sol  |  Breakfast

Day 20

Copacabana

Isla del Sol - Copacabana. Today we have an included 14km walk across the length of Isla del Sol. On our walk we take in the beautiful scenery and soak up the calm atmosphere of the island. Those who don't wish to take part are free to relax at our hotel or explore more of the island.

We return to Copacabana for the evening. At sunset there is no better place to be than sat at one of the many local fish restaurants on the shoreline, watching the sun slip below the horizon.
Overnight: Copacabana  |  Breakfast

Days 21-22

La Paz

Isla del Sol - La Paz. On day 21 we drive to La Paz, the highest administrative capital in the world with a skyline dominated by the snowy peaks of Mount Illimani. On arrival, there's an optional guided tour of the city’s main sights and viewpoints.

Day 22 marks the end of our adventure through Peru and Bolivia. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight but, if you would like to extend your time in this wonderful city, our reservations team are able to arrange post-tour accommodation.
Breakfast x 2

Is This Trip Right For Me?

Overlanding is not a style of travel that will suit everyone so please carefully read the Trip Notes before selecting this tour and be realistic about your ability and desire to join such a trip. If you’re the adventurous type who’d rather spend a night roughing it in a rainforest than luxuriating in a boutique hotel, then overlanding is for you. You just need the right attitude, an open mind, and a desire to participate fully in the trip.

Overland travelling can be demanding and challenging. On your trip you’ll travel in a purpose-built expedition vehicle on an off-the-beaten-track adventure along rugged roads, sometimes across vast distances. You will find the drive times noted on the Trip Notes.

On an overland journey you are more than just a passenger, these are full participation trips and everyone gets involved pitches in! You will also be expected to erect your own tent and help with camp chores including cooking meals for the group on a rota basis. Like all great adventures, the more you put in the more you'll get out!

The type, variety and standard of accommodation can vary greatly from very basic rooms without electricity or running water to comfortable hotels with good facilities. Generally in hotels most rooms will be twin-share, but some may be triple/quad-share. Hostels are nearly always multi-share and may be mixed sex.

The campsites we use range from basic to those with excellent facilities, including swimming pools, restaurants and a bar. On some occasions we wild camp with no facilities, which means there are no toilets - just the vast expanse of the great outdoors and a shovel!

Our overland journeys are designed to offer freedom, and many of our routes have a large degree of flexibility rather than a strict hour-by-hour or even day-by-day itinerary. We intend to follow the planned route but exact night stops and inclusions cannot be guaranteed and it sometimes happens that we decide to make a change to our planned itinerary.

How Challenging Is This Trip? Trails to Titicaca is great for lovers of culture and history or for those who want a trekking challenge (Inca Trails). There is plenty of insight into local life and stunning drives across remote Andean Scenery. Mainly small comfortable hotels, plenty of opportunities to try the local cuisine. This trip is strenuous in parts and includes a multi-day trek at high altitude, walking for 5-8 hours per day. Some areas that you travel through may be physically challenging; for example you may be at altitude some of the time and you may be camping for several nights. The pace of the trip can be tiring at times and some facilities will be basic. However there will also be plenty of time to relax and some comfortable accommodation.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown above are per person travelling.

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Local payment - $1470pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
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2019
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USD $2,190
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USD $2,005
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USD $2,085
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Prices & Dates

This trip operates in reverse. Please refer to the Trip Notes below the tour dates for details.

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Local payment - $1470pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
Sold out
2020
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
USD $2,005
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USD $2,005
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USD $2,005
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USD $2,190
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USD $2,005
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USD $2,005
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2021
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Person
Single
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USD $2,035
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Lima
Ends
La Paz
Departs
May - December
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 22
Hotel Rating
Simple Hotels, Hostels, Homestays & Camping
Tour Guide
Escorted by a Tour Leader
Meals
Breakfast: 20, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 5
Visiting
Lima, Ica and Huacachina, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Puno, Copacabana, La Paz
Countries

Extra Tour Info

About Overlanding
Information about overlanding in South America
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