Uros Islands - Peru - South America
FROM: AUD $8,095

Discover Peru and Bolivia on this 15 day tour, including a visit to the 'Lost City' of the Incas - Machu Picchu, the beautiful Lake Titicaca and the vast plains of the Uyuni salt flats.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Lima – discover the stunning “City of Kings” on your guided tour, gaze out over the Pacific Ocean and explore the cultural heritage of the Larco Museum
Machu Picchu – travel into the clouds and experience the “Lost City” of the Incas
Lake Titicaca – meet the indigenous Uros peoples on floating reed islands on the highest navigable lake in the world
Sucre – enjoy a guided tour of the city and visit the House of Liberty, where Bolivia’s independence was signed
Sacred Valley – barter with local tradespeople at the Pisac markets and travel back in time down the ancient streets of Ollantaytambo
Cusco – explore the ancient city with a guided tour and taste some delicious traditional Peruvian cuisine
La Paz – stare down at the sprawling city from your cable car ride and explore the mysterious Witch Doctors market
Uyuni – marvel at the largest salt flats on Earth surrounded by the towering Andes Mountains

Included

14 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 15
Shared speedboat for excursion to Taquile and Uros
Shared bus service from Cusco to Puno
Half-day guided tour of Lima, full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley, full-day excursion to Machu Picchu, half-day guided tour of Cusco, half-day guided tour of La Paz, half-day guided tour of Sucre and full-day excursion to the Uyuni salt flats
14 nights standard accommodation (superior and deluxe available on request)
Services of local English-speaking specialist guides
Shared boat for excursions to Sun Island, Moon Island and Cocotoni
Return train tickets to Machu Picchu (Voyager coach)
Entrance fees

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Bienvenido a Peru! Welcome to Peru and the beginning of your Latin American adventure. On arrival at Lima International Airport you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Your first evening can then be spent at leisure, perhaps exploring the vibrant nightlife of Peru’s capital city.
Overnight: Lima

Day 2

Lima sightseeing

Discover Lima - the “City of Kings”, on a half-day guided tour. Take in highlights of the city including the Government Palace, the historical city centre and the ancient cathedral - constructed in the seventeenth century. You’ll also explore the Religious Art Museum before moving on to the San Francisco Monastery and its underground crypts, the Catacombs.

The tour continues with a visit through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing the Huaca Pucllana, an ancient administrative centre of Lima. Next see El Olivar Park, and El Parque del Amor (Peruvian Love Park), where you can enjoy stunning cliff top views over the Pacific Ocean.

Finally, visit the Larco Museum, which holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore Lima as you please. Perhaps return to the Love Park where you can enjoy a romantic view over the cliff tops as the sun sets before you.
Overnight: Lima  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Lima to the Sacred Valley

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley. You’ll be transferred to Lima International Airport and will fly to Cusco, before being transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of today at leisure, taking some time to relax and adapt to the altitude.
Overnight: Sacred Valley  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Sacred Valley

Today, visit the famous Inti Watana ruins at Pisac on a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Explore highlights including the Temple of the Sun and an inti watana - a volcanic ritual stone which was used by the Incas to define the changing of the seasons. Experience the Pisac markets and practice your bartering skills as you explore the colourful textile and souvenir stalls.

Your final visit will be to the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, the “Live Inca Town”. As well as a military base, Ollantaytambo was used for agricultural and religious purposes and local inhabitants still live according to the customs of their ancestors. You’ll feel transported back in time as you walk the stone streets and discover highlights of the town including the Temple of the Sun.
Overnight: Sacred Valley  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes. Today you’ll explore Peru’s most famous site, the “Lost City” of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Reach the town of Aguas Calientes by train before taking a bus to the ancient citadel, situated 3,400 metres above sea level. Enjoy the striking jungle surroundings which hid Machu Picchu from the invading Spanish and indeed from humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. Your guided tour of Machu Picchu will take in sites including the Main Plaza, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Royal Quarters.
Overnight: Aguas Calientes  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Free time in Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes - Cusco. This morning you’ll have free time should you wish to return to the ancient citadel, or if you’re feeling up for a challenge you may decide to climb the Huayna Picchu, which will take you higher into the mountains for an unrivalled view of Machu Picchu.

Return to Cusco by train and spend the evening exploring the ancient city, perhaps taking a wander down the ancient Hatunrumiyoc Street, one of the best-preserved original Inca roads in the city.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Cusco sightseeing

Cusco is home to some of Peru’s finest architecture and today’s half-day guided tour will take in some of the city’s most impressive sites. Discover the beautiful Plaza de Armas - the former heart of the Incan Empire, and the beautiful Santo Domingo church. You’ll also pay a visit to the renaissance style cathedral, constructed in the seventeenth century. Browse the stalls of the San Pedro Market for hand-woven sweaters and other local crafts before you have the afternoon to explore Cusco at leisure. Why not visit the ancient Inca site of Sacsayhuaman, located a 45-minute walk from the city centre? In the evening you’ll be treated to a Culinary Experience, with a unique insight into Peruvian cuisine. Create delicious traditional gourmet dishes with help from a local chef and enjoy your meal with views over the spectacular ancient city.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Puno and Lake Titicaca

Cusco - Puno. Today you’ll say goodbye to Cusco and take a bus to the city of Puno, passing numerous sights along the way - including the rippling Wacarpay Lake. The bus will stop at the town of Andahuaylillas, and the historical sites of Checacupe and Raqchi, a spectacular Inca sanctuary. Pass through Abra La Raya where you can see herds of vicunas and llamas, before visiting the town of Pucara, known for its crafts, pottery and the famous Pucara Bulls.

On arrival in Puno you’ll be transferred to your hotel on the shores of the magnificent Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Enjoy your evening taking in the beauty of the region.
Overnight: Lake Titicaca  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Lake Titicaca by boat

Today will begin with an exciting motorboat excursion to the island of Taquile. The island is inhabited by traditional Quechua-speaking natives who have developed their own unique social systems that have been passed down through generations.

The boat trip will continue to the Chucuito peninsula where you’ll visit the rural community of Luquina, before a trip to the incredible floating reed islands of the Uros. These indigenous peoples have built their own islands, boats, and homes using “Totora” reeds, a species found only in South America.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Copacabana to La Paz

Puno - Copacabana - La Paz. Say your goodbyes to Peru and travel into the town of Copacabana in Bolivia, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Visit the Dark Indian Virgin in the town’s Basilica before taking a boat cruise to Sun Island, home to the Sacred Fountain. The waters of the fountain are traditionally believed to give eternal youth and happiness to the drinker.

Explore the nearby Moon Island and Cocotoni before visiting the Andean Roots Eco Village in Huatajata, a charming museum on the culture and history of the local area. Here you’ll meet with the Limachi family, who famously built boats from Totora reeds, and used them for epic voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Later today, transfer to the Bolivian legislative capital, La Paz by land, taking in the scenic views of the Andes.
Overnight: La Paz  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

La Paz sightseeing

Enjoy a half day guided tour of the main sites and attractions in La Paz, including the Indian Market and the spooky Witch Doctor’s Market. As you explore the city, take time to enjoy the panoramic surroundings, and the view of the “Illimani” mountain. Later, take a cable car ride over the city, enjoying an impressive birds-eye view over La Paz.

Enjoy the afternoon exploring the city at leisure. Perhaps return to the Witch Doctors Market, where vendors will sell unusual artefacts such as owl feathers, said to bring prosperity and good luck to the owner.
Overnight: La Paz  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Sucre sightseeing

La Paz - Sucre. Today you’ll transfer to Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia, for a tour of the city that includes the Recoleta, home to the picturesque Plaza de Anzurez. You’ll also visit the House of Liberty, the building where Simon Bolivar signed the Independence of Bolivia from the Spanish Empire in 1825.
Overnight: Sucre   |  Breakfast

Day 13

Potosi and Uyuni

Sucre - Potosi - Uyuni. This morning enjoy a relaxing overland journey to the city of Potosi, the source of silver in the colonial era and according to UNESCO, “The Historical and Cultural Legacy of Mankind”. Visit the city’s Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint) and see the wooden machinery used to produce silver coins for Spain during the colonial period. You’ll then continue to the city of Uyuni and your hotel.
Overnight: Uyuni  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Uyuni Salt Flats

Today you’ll visit the Uyuni salt flats, the largest of its kind on Earth at 12,000 square kilometres. The vast expanse of the flats offers a view unlike any other, with the Bolivian Andes as the backdrop and a stunning silence over the salt plains. You have the opportunity to photograph this incredible scenery. Visit the ‘island’ of Incawasi, an oasis of algae, fossils and giant cacti. Some of these cacti are over 100 hundred years old and will tower above you at 12 metres high.
Overnight: Uyuni  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Uyuni to La Paz

Uyuni - La Paz. Today signals the end of your Latin American journey. You will be transferred to La Paz and the airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, travelling in low season and staying in standard hotels (superior and deluxe hotels are available upon request). The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Best of Peru & Bolivia - 15 days
AUD $8095
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In Brief

Range
Starts
Lima
Ends
La Paz
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard (superior and deluxe available on request)
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 7, Dinner: 4
View across the Plaza Mayor in Lima with mountains in the background
The impressive mountain views of the Sacred Valley in Peru
Looking out across the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
Looking out across the rooftops around the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco with the Andean mountains in the
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