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Peru & Bolivia Highlights

Lima - Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Puno - La Paz - Uyuni - Colchani - La Paz (9 days / 8 nts)  From $2475

Side of the main plaza

Day 1: Arrival in Lima
A transportation service with a guide will pick you up from the airport at the established time and will transfer you to your hotel. Lima is a modern metropolis full of history, which has approximately ten million inhabitants and is going through an exciting process of cultural and economic changes. Overnight in Lima

(Included meals: N / A)

Day 2:  Lima - Cuzco
A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and will transfer you to the airport A transportation service will wait for your arrival at the Cusco Airport and will transfer you to your hotel. You will be accompanied by a guide who will inform you about the attractions and services that the city has to offer. You will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as The Temple of the Sun (Quri Kancha Golden Temple), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572) and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent.

Here, during the Inca empire reverence was surrendered to the sun (Inti), and there was a time when it was covered with gold. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. Almost a century of construction. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century.

This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of Inti Raymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know Puka Pucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Puka Pucara, which means Red Fortress, was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel.

(Included meals: Breakfast)

Day 3: Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Today clients will be met at your hotel and transfered to Ollanta Train Station (a.k.a Ollantaytambo). Ollantaytambos train station is located close to the site where the old Inca hanging bridge crossed the Urubamba. Move along the tracks following the river`s course into the jungle lowlands to Aguas Calientes a.k.a. Machu Picchu Pueblo (a 2-hour ride). This is the last stop before getting to the famous archaeological complex. Find crafts, books, restaurants and array of hotels in this buzzling town.

The bus zig-zags up the steep side of the mountain for nearly 20 minutes. The prehispanic engineering marvel unveils itself gradually; this was the site Pachacutec Inca (1438-1572) chose as royal retreat and where his malqui or mummified remains were to be worshiped. Machu Picchu or Old Mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders yet the traveler senses a beauty unmatched by these or any other title.

How was such a work accomplished.Granite stone buildings that seem to naturally sprout from the earth instead of being constructed on it. Andean mountain aesthetics can truly be appreciated at Machu Picchu; explore the site at your own pace. Visit the Royal Mausoleum or take the path to the Inca Bridge, or the central flight of steps to reach Intihuatana. Or simply contemplate the sacred geography all around; the Urubamba nearly encircling the site and Mount Salkantay (Wild), overlooking the citadel from the southeast. Lunch at Cafe Inkaterra Enjoy the evening train back. A vehicle will be waiting for you at the train station of Ollantaytambo to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4: Cuzco - Puno
A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and will transfer you to the agreed bus station in about ten minutes. Your transfer to Puno will have three stops. You will first stop at Andahuaylillas, a village located 40 kilometers from Cusco, which most important attraction is the church of Andahuaylillas, also called The Sistine Chapel of America due to the high quality pieces of art found in it; its structure was built in the sixteenth century on the remains of constructions probably Wari. Today it has an original pipe organ recently restored. Continue your trip to Racchi, where you will find the Temple of Viracocha, an amazing and unique rectangular building, similar to a wall, 30 meters wide and 20 high.

It has windows and doors and is thought to have the highest ceiling of the Inca Empire. You will stop for lunch in Sicuani, and then briefly at La Raya, the highest point of the route between Puno and Cusco, over 4,313 masl. From here, 61 kilometers from the city of Juliaca (very close to Puno) you will reach the town of Pucara, where the Alcra Museum is found. Pukara was the first settlement of the highland lake city and developed between 100 and 300BC. Finally you will drive along the final course to the city of Puno. A vehicle and guide will pick you up at the bus station at the agreed time to take you to your hotel. The guide will help you with the check in. Overnight in Puno.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Optional on this day travel by train from Cuzco to Puno, click on the link below for schedules and pricing on the  Andean Explorer Train

Day 5: Puno - Copacabana - Sun Island (South) - Inti Wata complex - Chua - La Paz 
At the hotel Early land transfer to Copacabana Sanctuary, board the Catamaran Cruise Ship, snack on board while sailing to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain followed by the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids.

Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Catamaran Cruise Ship to Chua harbor while enjoying a buffet lunch on board, land transfer to La Paz Includes: SIC Land transportation, SIC sailing onboard the catamaran cruise ship, meals mentioned in the program, visits mentioned in the program, bilingual guide service (Spanish-English). Transportation service to and from the hotel, embarkation fee and insurance The pick-up/drop off of hotels out of the central area of Puno have an extra charge of $US 6.50 per person (ow). Not Included: Drinks, tips, personal expenses. Overnight in La PAZ.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 6: Tiawanaku – Half Day / City tour half day
Guests are picked up from their hotels to visit the epic city of Tiwanaku, the capital of an ancient civilization. Located 72 km away form the city of La Paz and near the south-eastern shores of Lake Titikaka. During its greatest times, the capital of Tiwanaku was the largest in the world and considered to be the Cradle of all American Civilizations.

This pre-Inca ruins started endless archeological debates, the most recent radiocarbon 14 tests show that this edifications date back to 1580 B.C. In this ancient breath taking city we will visit the Kalasasaya (Sun) temple, Semisubterranean (Earth) Temple, Akapana Pyramid and the legendary Sun Gate, the tour also takes us to an impressive museum filled with ancient objects and tools that stand as proof of just how advanced this civilization really was. Service Includes: Private transport, bilingual guide and ruins admission fee.

For the afternoon city tour guests are picked up from the hotel to visit the famous Witch Doctors Market, San Francisco Colonial Church and the typical handicrafts of the Sagarnaga Street.The tour continues to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. Then, visit the famous colonial street Jaen where interesting museums are clustered together, followed by a visit to the replica of the semi-subterranean temple of the Tiwanaku Culture.

To change scenery the tour continues to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida. The tour ends with a visit to the unique Moon Valley, where passengers will have the opportunity to walk around, and visit a ceramic workshop with a demonstration of the art of pottery. Service Include, private transport, bilingual guide and museums admission fees.

(Included meals: Breakfast)

Day 7: La Paz - Uyuni -Tunupa Volcano - Colchani
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Uyuni (not included in price) Arrive to Uyuni by airplane and departure to visit the Colchani Town, the crafts and piles of salt, the Ojos del Salar and then we will cross the Salt Flat to The Tunupa Volcano, visit the nearby Chantani Village, the Coquesa Mummies and the Pukara in Ayque. Overnight stay at Luna Salada Salt Hotel.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Colchani - Galaxi Caves - Salt Flat - Colchani
At the hotel Pick up from the hotel to visit the Galaxy Cave, you will cross the Uyuni Salt Flat, visiting the Galaxy Cave, the Devil`s Cave and the Incahuasi Island. Lunch. In the afternoon return to the hotel Dinner and overnight stay at Luna Salada Salt Hotel.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Colchani – Uyuni – La Paz
Breakfast at the hotel, then a the pre set time, guests will; be tranfered the airport for the return flight to La Paz and connection with the international flight home. The transfer does not include a guide (driver only). 

(Included meals: Breakfast)

Quality Hotels Single Double Triple
Standard Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro (Lima)
Casa Andina Classic Cusco (Cuzco)
Casa Andina Classic Tikarani (Puno)
Casa Fusion
Luna Salada
$4,280 $2,816 $2,475
Superior Nobility (Lima)
San Agustin El Dorado (Cuzco)
Jose Antonio Puno (Puno)
Ritz Bolivia
Luna Salada
$4,513 $3,037 $2,593
Deluxe Swissotel (Lima)
Aranwa Cusco Boutique (Cuzco)
Libertador Lago Titicaca (Puno)
El Rey Palacio (Sopocachi)
Luna Salada
$5,349 $3,377 $2,697

Valid to 15-Dec-14
Shared service unless indicated otherwise
Prices per person in USD $, subject to change without notice

Services include:
- Transfer in/out to/from airport
- 4x4 private transport for Uyuni & Colchani segment.
- Hotel, meals as indicated in the program
- Admission tickets
- English speaking guide.

Not included:
- Domestic or international air tickets
- Tips to guides, drivers or waiters
- Beverages
- Guides for the transfer out
- Local or international airport taxes
- Personal expenses
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Flight to La Paz
- Andean Explorer train from Cuzco to Puno