TRIP 1 – SITES OF THE INCA’S EMPIRE


Perú and Bolivia


At a glance

Duration: 15 days

Minimum # of passengers: 2

Starting: Lima

Ending: Uyuni – La Paz

Tailoring your Trip

The following Trip is designed to give you an idea of what is possible. You can modify any aspect of the program or you can have a tailor-made itinerary inspired on a particular Trip.

The Highlights

  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Machupicchu
  • Titikaka Lake
  • La Paz
  • Sucre
  • Potosí
  • UYUNI Salt Lake

Itinerary Route Map

Day By Day

1 Arrival in Lima – Pm City tour
2 Flight Lima – Cusco. City tour in the afternoon
3 Full day excursion to Machupicchu
4 Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley
5 Trip Cusco – Puno + visits in the way
6 Puno – Copacabana- Sun Island (Titikaka Lake)
7 Copacabana – La Paz
8 In the afternoon La Paz City tour + Moon Valley
9 Flight La Paz – Sucre. City visit
10 Sucre – Potosí by bus. Visit the town and the Mint House
11 Mines excursion. In the afternoon bus Potosí – Uyuni
12 Full day Uyuni Salt Lake excursion
13 Second continue exploring Uyuni and surroundings
14 Flight Uyuni – La Paz
15 Leave La Paz

 

DAY 1 – Lima

Arrival in Lima. Reception in the airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a complete visit to the beautiful cultural/historical city of Lima, well- known as the City of Kings. Tour modern and colonial area, residential and traditional places. Beautiful shrines and churches and incredible panoramic seascapes are part of this exciting tour.

DAY 2 – Lima – Cusco

Pick up at your hotel for your transfer to the airport. Flight to Cusco, welcome on arrival and hotel accommodation. During your afternoon City tour learn about the 6 most important archaeological sites of Cusco: – the Cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman Inca Fort, Q’enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Overnight in Cusco.

DAY 3 – Full day excursion to Machupicchu

Be prepared for an early breakfast and wait for your pick up at the hotel. Depart from the Train Station and take the beautiful scenic train journey to Machupicchu until the town of Aguas Calientes. Experience the amazing complete guided excursion to the ancient metropolis and most important archaeological place in Peru named Machupicchu.

DAY 4 –  Sacred Valley of the Incas

In the 8 hour tour you can appreciate the fine works of craftsmanship in the native market Pisac. Visit Sacsayhuaman the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Calca Town, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo are also part of the circuit.

The Sacred Valley was the agricultural food barn of the Inca’s Empire, a fertile land perfect for growing the Inca staples, corn and potatoes. It also functioned as spiritual and political center.

DAY 5 –  Cusco – Puno

In a comfortable bus we start our 7 hour trip to Puno. The trip journey seems to be short because we have the chance to visit in the way the Chapel of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas considered as the “Sistine Chapel” of America due to the quality of its art pieces., Racchis currently is one of the most important communities in the production of handicraft, and also visit the site of Pukara. Lunch included. Overnight in the town of Puno.

DAY 6 –  Puno – Copacabana (Titikaka Lake)

The trip from Puno to Copacabana takes 3 hours by bus. The Titikaka Lake is located between Bolivia and Peru and is one of the most fascinating lakes in the world. It’s considered a Sacred place for the Inca civilization, the scenery is incredible and the waters are a beautiful blue, reflecting the hills, mirroring the sky and changing color when it’s cloudy.

As soon as we arrive to Copacabana, we board our private typical boat for the excursion to the Sun Island, where we arrive after one hour drive. A native delicious lunch is waiting for us. Trekking in the Island visiting some of the remaining Inca’s ruins like the Pilkokaina Palace, the Inca’s Fountain, and the 200 stairs of Yumani. Enjoy the wonderful views of the sunset. Overnight in the Sun Island.

DAY 7 – Copacabana – La Paz

Enjoy a magnificent sunrise from the comfort of your own bed. After breakfast return by boat to the town of Copacabana well-known as the main Bolivian town on the shore of Titikaka Lake. It’s also famous because of it’s shrine Basilica where is found the Lady of Copacabana (Dark Madonna). We visit the town and learn about the mystical spiritualism and religion traditions that take place.

After lunch we continue in a private car to La Paz. Overnight.

DAY 8 – La Paz city

On our half day tour in La Paz city, we will see the most important and interesting attractions. We visit the main square where is located the government palace, the National Congress, San Francisco Church the Killi Killi viewpoint admiring the incredible panoramic views of the whole city. Heading to the south we’ll see the residential areas in our way to the well-known Moon Valley, a fascinating geology place of astonishing stony formations, that offers a sensation of being in the Moon, besides the amazing views of the Andes Mountains.

We end our tour in the popular Witches’Market located in the center of the city. You can explore this open-air market where the vendors offer medicinal dried herbs, seeds, llama fetuses and many others used in rituals.

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“Mi Teleferico” (first-class cable car system)

OPTIONAL:
Teleferico: experience this new attraction, an incredibly ride by first-class cable car system called Mi teleferico, that gets you to the top of the city for fabulous views.

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“Mi Teleferico” yellow line

DAY 9 – La Paz – Sucre

Morning flight to Sucre. Sucre is the historical capital of Bolivia declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Also receives the name of White City due to that most of the colonial buildings in the city center are whitewashed. Our tour includes visits to the House of Liberty, the museum of La Recoleta, San Lázaro church, the courtyard of the Universidad Mayor de San Francisco Xavier and the Convent of San Felipe Nery from its terraces you can observe the city and more. Overnight in Sucre.

DAY 10 – Sucre Potosí

After a 3 hours drive through a paved road we arrive to Potosí a city full of past splendors, including monument colonial architecture, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage. A walk through the streets offers and interesting glimpse back to the city’s golden age. Our afternoon City Tour includes a visit to the famous National MINT HOUSE, which is the Potosi’s star attraction. Overnight in Potosí

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Sucre – wide view from a tile roof

DAY 11 – Potosí – Uyuni

After breakfast we pick you up at the hotel for your Mine Excursion. We visit the silver mines learning about the work conditions of Potosi’s mineral extracting activity. We walk up to the foot of the Cerro Rico Mountain where during the XVII century, millions of tons of silver were mined and conveyed to Spain. Feel their exciting myths, hard work and hopes.

We travel from Potosí to Uyuni In the afternoon. The 200 kms goes imperceptibly and presents magnificent landscapes. Overnight in the town Potosí.

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Potosí – Mint House

DAY 12 – Uyuni Salt Lake

Unmistakably the Uyuni Salt Lake is one of the most surreal landscape, the largest salt flat in the world than can even be seen from the space.
Exploring the amazing empty white landscape is an incredible experience and a must-do while in Bolivia.

 

Giulia on wet Salar de Uyuni Bolivia Luca Galuzzi 2006

Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia

In our first day tour Colchani is the first stop on Salar de Uyuni. Here is observed the factories and the rustic way of table salt production We are also going to see the pyramids of salt, the eyes of salt, big holes in the salt flat. We visit the old salt hotel. Enjoy taking funny pictures. Visit the Inca Huasi island which have a lot of caves and gigantic cactus about 8 to 10 meters. Overnight in the Salt Hotel.

DAY 13 – Uyuni Salt Lake

Driving across the Salar takes us to the base of the incredible and big Volcano Tunupa. In our second day tour we will see the Chullpas (mummies) , then the Cantaros of Valley, Chantani. In our way returning to the town of Uyuni we will stop at the train cemetery. Overnight in the town.

 

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Green Lagoon

DAY 14 – Uyuni – La Paz

Transfer to the airport for our early flight back to La Paz. Free afternoon. Overnight in La Paz.

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View of La Paz city

DAY 15 – Return home

At convenient time we pick you up at your hotel for your last transfer to the airport and your international flight.