Bolivia & Peru Holidays
18 Night Itinerary from £5,057
Escorted Group Tour
Step back in time to explore landlocked Bolivia and the riches of Potosi. Cross mysterious Lake Titicaca perched at the top of the Andean mountains, travelling by train to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
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- Santa Cruz - 2 Nights
- Sucre & Potosi - 3 Nights
- La Paz - 3 Nights
- Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
- Sacred Valley - 2 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 1 Night
- Cusco - 3 Nights
- Lima - 2 Nights
- Departing Tuesdays from the UK
- Travel with expert guides on our Bolivia & Peru tour
- In-depth exploration of their culture, traditions and rich colonial and Inca heritage
- Discover the contrasting Bolivian cities of Santa Cruz, Sucre and La Paz
- Understand Bolivia's turbulent past at Potosi's poignant Cerro Rico silver mine
- Venture to the origins of the Inca Empire at majestic Lake Titicaca
- Explore dramatic ancient hilltop ruins and see rural life in the Sacred Valley
- Marvel at Machu Picchu, lost citadel of the Incas, up in the cloud forest
- Guided through the historic centre of Cusco, the former Inca capital
This itinerary can be modified and adapted to your preference with a specialst advisor, who can provide a guaranteed price, based on hotels, transport, excursions and flights.
Santa Cruz - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Flight to Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Day 2 - Santa Cruz
Day 3 - City Tour of Santa Cruz
Flight to Santa Cruz, Bolivia
We depart from London on an overnight flight to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, staying for two nights in a hotel with gardens and a pool.
Arriving early in the morning in Santa Cruz, you will be met by your Guide. We conduct an introductory briefing. In the afternoon you have the flexibility of persuing your own interests.
City Tour of Santa Cruz
Today we enjoy a charming city tour of Santa Cruz, visiting many of the most attractive and affluent sites. These include the La Recoba handicraft marketplace, the Santa Cruz Boulevard and the Urubó bridge in to the city's residential neighbourhood. In the afternoon you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests or take an optional excursion.
Sucre & Potosi - 3 Nights
Day 4 - City Tour of Sucre
Day 5 - Excursion to Potosi & Cerro Rico
Day 6 - Visit to Tarabuco Market
City Tour of Sucre
This morning we fly to Sucre and transfer to the hotel for three nights. In the afternoon we have a city tour of the Sucre, the historical capital of Bolivia and Unesco Cultural Heritage Site of Humanity. Visit colonial churches and museums to see their collections of valuable paintings, furniture and religious sculptures. Amongst these we explore the House of Freedom Historical Museum, where the Act of Independence of Bolivia was signed in 1825, the church of La Recoleta with its vantage point over the city and the museum of Indian Textiles.
Excursion to Potosi & Cerro Rico
We explore the famous colonial mining town of Potosi. Where we visit the old Spanish Mint which offers a fascinating insight into life as it was 300-400 years ago and into the intriguing mix of traditional beliefs by the indigenous people with Catholicism, to create a Virgin Mother depicted as their own God, Mother Earth or 'Pachamama'. We continue to 'Cerro Rico' or 'the Rich Mountain' which dominates the town and has been mined for silver and precious metals since the Spanish Conquest. Although the seams of silver are essentially exhausted, coca chewing miners can still be found scuttling along the maze of tunnels that penetrate deep into the mountain and making offerings to their devil god called "Tio", to appease and appeal for protection from evil.
Visit to Tarabuco Market
Today we visit the Tarabuco Market. Seemingly frozen in time, the local Quechua people still wear the traditional costume of multi-coloured ponchos, "chuspas" woven bags for carrying coca leaves, elaborate overskirts and helmet-like headgear for the married men and women.
La Paz - 3 Nights
Day 7 - Travel to La Paz
Day 8 - City Tour of La Paz
Day 9 - Day at Leisure in La Paz
Travel to La Paz
Enjoy the morning in Sucre at leisure, in the afternoon we fly to La Paz and transfer to your chosen hotel. We conduct an introductory briefing.
City Tour of La Paz
This morning we explore the city's main plazas and churches, we will also visit the witches market, where charismatic ladies sell a range of herbs, bottled potions and amulets to ward away evil and help you in all of life's troubles. In the afternoon we visit the Valle de la Luna, known as the Moon Valley due to the dramatic and bizarre rock formations. There are great views of the Muela del Diablo, the Devils Tooth, a huge tooth shaped rock, coloured in glorious reds and oranges.
Day at Leisure in La Paz
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests, relax or take an optional excursion.
Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
Day 10 - Travel to Lake Titicaca, Peru
Day 11 - Boat Tour of Lake Titicaca
Travel to Lake Titicaca, Peru
We travel from La Paz by road to Lake Titicaca with fantastic views of snow covered peaks of the Cordillera Real mountain range. We visit the famous "Dark Virgin" in Copacabana, before taking a boat trip to the Sun Island. Cross the border to Peru, and on to Puno on the lake shore, passing the small towns of Chucuito, Juli and Pomata with their impressive churches. We stay in Puno for two nights.
Boat Tour of Lake Titicaca
We explore the lake by boat visiting the Uros & Taquile Islands. The Uros natives set-up their home 500 years ago on islands of floating totora reeds which grow abundantly in the shallow waters of the lake, traditional methods are still used to create their boats, houses and islands. Afterwards we visit the beautiful and timeless island of Taquile, renowned for its fine weavings and vibrantly coloured clothes.
Sacred Valley - 2 Nights
Day 12 - Train Journey to Cusco
Day 13 - Full day tour of the Sacred Valley
Train Journey to Cusco
Boarding the Andean Explorer Train we travel from Lake Titicaca along the mountains to Cusco. This is an unforgettable journey which takes you across the barren Andean altiplano, offering dramatic landscapes of agricultural fields, hot springs and stops to remote stations where locals come from far and wide to sell their weavings. Lunch and afternoon tea are served en-route whilst watching the unfolding landscapes. On arrival we are taken to the Urubamba Velley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with archaeological sites, villages, cereals and numerous varieties of potatoes.
Full day tour of the Sacred Valley
Starting early in the morning we visit the colourful Chinchero market which offers a fabulous insight into the local indigenous people and well-known for their woven handcrafts, and visit a workshop to meet local artisans. From here we drive to the Moray Ruins, an ancient Inca open-air crop laboratory before visiting the pre-Inca salt mines of Maras, located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley. We visit a beautiful Spanish hacienda and the fortress of Ollantaytamba, intricately designed with geometrically straight streets and Inca drainage system. From here we travel to the colonial town of Piscal, built on the ruins of an Inc citadel and located at the entrance of the Urubamba Valley, before taking a short drive up the mountain to a vantage point with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
Machu Picchu - 1 Night
Day 14 - Train to Machu Picchu & guided tour
Train to Machu Picchu & guided tour
Today we travel by train to Machu Picchu, on the "Vistadome" which offers a spectacular journey through breathtaking natural scenery and landscapes. As we depart Cusco the railway slowly climbs over hills, scaling higher and higher until you are given a fantastic view over the city and the iconic red roof tiles of the colonial houses. From Cusco you enter into the Sacred Valley, following the Urubamba River to the ruins of Ollantaytambo and into Aguas Caliente at the base of Machu Picchu. We then travel by road up the mountain before reaching Machu Picchu, located on a majestic mountain plateau straddling the mountains edge and with steep terraces sloping downwards, it is not surprising this city was lost for 400 years. We have lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before taking a guided tour of the site to explore these stunning ruins.
Cusco - 3 Nights
Day 15 - Explore Machu Picchu and train to Cusco
Day 16 - City Tour of Cusco
Day 17 - Day at Leisure in Cusco
Explore Machu Picchu and train to Cusco
Enjoy the morning at leisure to further explore the site. You have the flexibility to pursue your own interests, perhaps climbing Huayna Picchu, offering fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, a gentler climb is the Inca Trail to the Intipunku also known as "the Gate of the Sun". In the afternoon we return to Cusco for three nights.
City Tour of Cusco
Beginning in the main square of Cusco we visit the cathedral, built by the Spanish on Inca foundations and with an unusually variation of the Last Supper. Next is Qoricancha, the Spanish church built on Inca stone foundations. From the city centre we travel into the mountains above Cusco to visit the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko. The mighty fortress and complex of Sacsayhuaman was built with massive stones, some weighing over 100 tons and placed together like a jigsaw. On the return journey we stop at a fantastic vantage point with a superb view of the city and surrounding mountains.
Day at Leisure in Cusco
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests or take an optional excursion.
Lima - 2 Nights
Day 18 - Fly to Lima
Day 19 - Return flight
Day 20 - Arrive in the UK
Fly to Lima
Fly from Cusco to Lima, the commercial and administrative centre of the Spanish empire in South America. Today's wide streets, huge plazas and old houses with ornately carved balconies are a legacy of this period. We stay for one night. In the afternoon we visit the city and the Larco Herrera museum with the finest gold and silver collection from ancient Peru.
The final morning to explore Lima, before we take an overnight return flight to London.
Arrive in the UK
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