The Quechua Tour

Incas & Conquistadores built empires streatching the Andean mountains of South America


Take a trip back in time to the land where once the mighty Incas held sway. Tradition, music and culture envelop us as we walk through local markets, explore the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu, climb aboard local trains which take us through landscapes ranging from lush subtropical areas to the barren, wind-swept altiplano. 


Day by Day Summary


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Lima
Days 1 - 2

Days 1-2

Depart for Lima on Saturday arriving the same day. Transfer to hotel. The following morning take a guided tour of Lima, including the grand colonial squares in the centre, the Presidential Palace and Larco Herrera Museum. (B)

La Paz
Days 3 - 4

Days 3-4

A morning flight to La Paz. We are guided around the city in the afternoon exploring the maze of bustling streets, visit the colourful witches' market and the Moon Valley. Spend the next day at leisure. (B) 

Sucre
Days 5 - 6

Days 5-6

Today we fly to Sucre, whose earlier inhabitants left a rich legacy of colonial buildings, many of which are still painted their traditional white, imparting an atmosphere of gentle calm. A half day tour of the city is included.(B)

Potosi
Days 7 - 9

Days 7-8

Continue by bus to Potosí (4,070m). Towering over the city, the Cerro Rico is an imposing, colourful mountain whose stores of precious metals, although seriously depleted, are still being mined. We visit the central district and the old Mint. Overnight at our hotel, returning to Sucre the following day. (B) 

Day 9

 

Full day excursion to Tarabuco's all-encompassing Sunday market. A colourful and busy affair, where locals wear their traditional costumes. (B)

 

La Paz
Days 10 - 11

Day 10

An early flight to La Paz from where we travel to the charming village of Copacabana, overlooking the huge, Lake Titicaca, and framed by snow covered peaks. We take a boat to Sun Island, and walk along farmers trails and terraces up to the Ecolodge, and stay overnight. The lake is a backdrop for isolated farms, a small village and no motor vehicles. (B)

Day 11

Morning time to explore the Sun Island before continuing our route skirting Lake Titicaca to Puno. (B,L) 

Sacred Valley
Days 12 - 13

Day 12

Depart by train part of the Orient Express group, travelling across the Andean landscape of towering mountains, remote farms and small villages. Arrival in Cusco, overnight (B)

Day 13

A full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, driving through the beautiful Urubamba valley, visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo Pisac, small villages in the countryside, the ancient Inca terraces where people still plant Quinoa and the local market. (B,L)

Machu Picchu
Day 14 - 15

Days 14-15

A stunning rail journey following the course of the Urubamba River. We roll along on a glorious trip with fantastic viewsof the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", culminating in the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Overnight at our hotel, before returning to Cusco. (B)

Cusco
Days 16 - 18

Day 16-17

Morning free. Afternoon tour of Cusco and surrounding archaeological sites. Fly to Lima and fly home arriving on Day 18 (Tuesday). (B)


The Quechua Tour

Landmark Itinerary


16 Nights from £3714


Countries

Peru

Bolivia


Accommodation

Lima - 2 nights

La Paz - 2 nights

Sucre - 2 nights

Potosí - 1 night

Sucre - 2 nights

Sun Island - 1 night

Lake Titicaca/ Puno - 1 night

Cusco - 2 nights

Machu Picchu - 1 night

Cusco - 2 nights


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18 Days / 16 Nights

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