Bolivia & Peru Holidays
Explore the strong traditional communities of Bolivia and the source of Spanish wealth, before exploring the Inca civilisation on our journey through Peru.
17 Night Itinerary from £4,598
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 and travel by train to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Select your preferred departure date
- Santa Cruz - 2 Nights
- Sucre & Potosi - 3 Nights
- La Paz - 3 Nights
- Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
- Cusco & the Sacred Valley - 2 Nights
- Machu Picchu - 1 Night
- Cusco - 3 Nights
- Lima - 1 Night
- 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 tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Santa Cruz - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Flight to Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Day 2 - Santa Cruz
Day 3 - City Tour of Santa Cruz
- Full Description
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
- Full Description
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
- Full Description
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
- Full Description
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.
Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Hotel
The Casa Andina Premium, Puno is a few minutes’ walk outside of Puno city centre, including Lima Street which is very popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
The hotel lobby boasts a stone fireplace, ideal for warming up after being out in cold weather. It has 53 rooms, all with TV, FREE Wi-Fi, telephone, en-suite bathroom and mini-bar. The restaurant serves typical Andean cuisine.
Puno & Lake Titicaca - Deluxe Lodge
Experience Lake Titicaca on a secluded private peninsula. Titilaka, a luxury refuge features sumptuous lake view suites, intimate fireside dining, wraparound terraces, heated outdoor pool. A serene setting, surrounded by incomparably blue waters, graced with dramatic dawns and spectacular sunsets. This all-inclusive 18-suite exploration lodge includes private transport to & from the airport in Juliaca and from Puno train station, full board, bar and a choice of two, three or four day programmes with a-la-carte excursions in Land Rover or boat. Rooms are facing the lake and all have private bathrooms with heated floors. Daily activities include nature and archeology adventures, visiting living cultures, bike excursions, colonial churches, islands like Taquile and the nearby man-made floating islands of the Uros people.
Cusco & the Sacred Valley - 2 Nights
Day 12 - Train Journey to Cusco
Day 13 - Full day tour of the Sacred Valley
- Full Description
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.
Cusco - Tourist Hotel
Situated in the heart of the Incan empire, only a few steps away from the main plaza, the Maytaq Wasin Hotel is contemporary in design, boasts high ceiling and plenty of natural light. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hills and chic common areas with modern decor. The hotel is only 150 metres from the Inca Museum and steps away from the main Plaza de Armas.
Public areas include an open rooftop terrace, lounge, restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi is available.
The well-appointed rooms have twin/double beds, cable TV and private bathoom with shower.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Cusco - First Hotel
This beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 4 blocks from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas, is complete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property.
The hotel has 93 air-conditioned rooms offering private bathroom, safe, minibar, safe, TV, kettle and FREE Wi-fi. The Alma Restaurant & Bar offers an enjoyable breakfast buffet and a varied menu.
Cusco - Luxury Hotel
Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, the building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a luxury hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. The Belmond Monasterio de Cusco is Cuzco's premier hotel, providing its guests with a museum setting of Inca and Spanish traditions. The hotel is conveniently situated very close to the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and museums are located.
All of the 122 air-conditioned rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a lobby bar, two restaurants and deli/café.
Several activities are available including art tours, cooking classes and pisco lessons.
The rooms and on a bed and breakfast basis.
Machu Picchu - 1 Night
Day 14 - Train to Machu Picchu & guided tour
- Full Description
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.
Machu Picchu - Boutique
A smart and contemporary hotel, located in the heart of Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes); the perfect spot to start enjoying a once in lifetime experience to the Citadel of Machu Picchu: the Lost City of the Incas. El Mapi hotel is located just a few steps from the main square and the train station, this hotel of only 48 rooms, offers its guests the opportunity to admire and interact with the picturesque Andean town of Machu Picchu town. The hotel welcomes all of its guests with great service in a friendly and cozy environment. With all the facilities in mind, the rooms are modern equipped with two twins or one king bed, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets covers, 32'' TV and cable, hair dryers and naturally scented toiletries.
Machu Picchu - Tourist Hotel
Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.
Machu Picchu - Deluxe Lodge
Set in its own gardens and the only hotel in such close proximity to the magical ruins, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge offers twenty-nine well-appointed rooms and two suites. Also located just outside the gates to the Lost city of the Incas, this beautiful hotel is the only one to command views of the site. An Orient Express owned hotel, the service is impeccable and the food is excellent. Accommodation includes room, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In nearby Aguas Calientes hot springs you can enjoy a soothing bath at the end of a long day of exploring. Enjoy lunch in the cafeteria overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu, where you can choose from a wide variety of dishes and enjoy a spectacular view. There is also an indoor dining room where a delicious breakfast buffet and international cuisineare available.
The Lodge has 31 rooms and one suite, bar, restaurant, self service autlet and a cliffhanging snack bar, with one of tha best views of the Sacred Mountain. All rooms have Television, laundry service, mini bar, Idd telephone.
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
- Full Description
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 - 1 Night
Day 18 - Fly to Lima
Day 19 - Return flight
Day 20 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
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
Lima - Tourist Hotel
This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.
Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Lima - First Hotel
The 4* Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel is located near the Kennedy Park and a few minutes away from the main shopping centres and restaurants of Miraflores. It’s a hotel that combines a contemporary Andean design.
The air-conditioned superior rooms are well-appointed with private bathroom, hair dryer, coffee making facilities, safe, iron and other facilities. The hotel also offers room service, FREE Wi-Fi, sauna, Jacuzzi, lounge, bar and gym. The La Plaza & Grill restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and also a variety of dishes.
Lima - Deluxe Hotel
The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.
A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.
Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£4,598|
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