Peru and Bolivia Experience( 8 Days / 7 Night )
A classic itinerary with moderate walking at high levels, followed by a magical journey into Puno and an international day-trip t Bolivia. One of our international programs, where you will get a taste of Peru and Bolivia the quickest way possible. This journey will take you into the heart of the Incan Empire, exploring the impressive sites of Sacsayhuaman and other surrounding sites around the city of Cusco, Ollantaytambo, in the Valley of the Inca, before reaching Machu Picchu. You will then continue to the city of Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. You exciting trip will continue with a road trip crossing the border into the Bolivia side visiting Copacabana, the most important religious sanctuary of Bolivia. Thousands of pilgrims visit the Virgin of Copacabana every year, also known as the Colored Virgin and the Virgin of the Lake. Next, you will board a cruise that will take you to the Sun Island or “Isla del Sol”, the most enigmatic place of the Titikaka Lake. The ancestral legends mention this place as where the sun and other gods of the pre-Columbian civilizations were born and believe to be a great source of magnetic energy.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Flight to Cusco + Afternoon City Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 5: Bus to Puno + Overnight in Puno
Day 6: Uros & Taquile Tour + Overnight in Puno
Day 7: Full Day Cruise Puno-Copacabana-Isla del Sol-Complejo Inti Wata + Overnight in Puno
Day 8: Flight Back to Lima – Home
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Peru and Bolivia Experience
Day 1: Arrival to Lima
Upon you arrival to Lima, you will be met and transported to your hotel, where you will spend a well-deserved overnight stay. *An extra day in Lima can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.
Day 2: Fly to Cusco, City Tour (B)
You will have a very short flight to the City of Cusco, where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel of choice. You will have the remainder of the morning to rest and freshen up. It’s best to take it easy this morning to let your body adjust to the altitude. Both lunch and dinner are on your own today, as there are so many choices available at reasonable prices, either in or near your hotel. After lunch you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We walk Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and visit both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. Next we set out to visit the ruins above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice; Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, which is a marvel of hydraulic engineering and Q´enqo where we will see the remains of a ceremonial site used for fertility rites and for celebrations of the solstice and equinox. *An extra day in Cusco can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.
Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas (B,L)
After breakfast, we set out into the Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be a visit to the the Pisac market. The Pisac market has a wide variety of artisan arts & crafts and you will have the chance to see the many different products that the sacred valley produces. After the market, we head deeper into the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, still inhabited by the locals in much the same way as it was during the time of the Incas. We then return to Urubamba, where you will have a chance to break for lunch and recover energies to continue with our tour. After lunch, we head out to the bustling market-town of Chinchero. The main sight to see at this location is a catholic church, with fine paintings from the Cusquenian School. At the end of the day you will go back to Cusco. *An overnight at the sacred valley can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.
Day 4: Machu Picchu (B,S)
The day you have been waiting for! After breakfast, we catch the train to the town Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Continue by bus for the short ride up switch backs, to the Machu Picchu citadel overhead. We enter the ruins for a breathtaking view of the city in the sky. You will enjoy a full tour of the lost city and have lunch on your own after the tour. In the afternoon, we say farewell to Machu Picchu as we set out by train heading to the station at Poroy and then on to Cusco Hotel by car arriving at night. * An overnight in MachuPicchu can be added upon request. Also, we can add bus and entrance tickets for a second day at the citadel. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.
Day 5: Bus to Puno (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel in Cusco, you will be picked up, and taken from your hotel to the Bus station in Cusco, in order to commence your journey to Puno. Your bus from Cusco to Puno, will take you through many interesting stops:
Andahuaylillas: A beautiful and charming town. The unique Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas is the most popular tourist attraction for visitors. Raqchi: This town is located following in route to Puno. The Raqchi town has a unique church that dates back to the Colonial period church. Four kilometers past this town, you will arrive at the archaeological site of Raqchi, an Inca sanctuary built by Pachacutec after his victory over the Chancas Nation. La Raya: Is a community dedicated to sheep farming. This is the highest point on the route of Puno and the doorway to this Department. Pucara: This is a quaint village in the Vilcanota Valley. The potters of Pucara are famous for the small ceramic toritos or bulls they make. Traditionally, Cuzquenian people build their houses with the help of the communityArchitectural ruins and stone monuments of this important culture period, the intermediate formative (between the 3rd and 8th centuries A.D), are situated close to the San Cayetano precipice. Lunch today will be at the town of Sicuani. At the conclusion of the bus tour, you will be met at the bus station by one of our representatives, where they will escort you to your hotel in Puno. * Optional train or flight to Puno could be arranged.
Day 6: Uros & Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca (B, L)
After breakfast, we will pick you up for your guided tour of Uros Island. While in Uros you will be adapted to the customs by a local family, who has a unique experience of sharing their culture and customs. Next, you will be transfer to Taquile, where you will have lunch and a grand tour of Taquile Island, which has several hills and many archeological ruins. After the tour, you go back to Puno where dinner is on your own. * An extra day or two in Puno can be added upon request. There are tours to Amantani, the unique Suasi Island and other places in Puno. Please ask our team.
Day 7: Full Day Cruise Puno-Copacabana-Isla del Sol-Inti Wata (B, S, L)
You will be picked up really early and taken from your Puno Hotel trough the Peru-Bolivia border to Copacabana in Bolivia. Regarding visas, there are 03 options (1) Some nationalities do not need visas (2) Some nationalities require to get a visa in advance (3) Some other could get one while you cross the border. If this is the case, you will have to pay for the Visa and prices might vary according to your nationality. Please contact us for more information.
Once in Copacabana, you will have a guide tour of the city. Thousands of pilgrims visit the Virgin of Copacabana every year, also known as the Colored Virgin and the Virgin of the Lake. The main square is generally full of vehicles covered with flowers and colorful bands made out of paper that have been taken there to be blessed by the Colored Virgin as a symbol of good luck. Followed, you will be taken to the port in order to board the cruise to the Sun Island or “Isla del Sol”. Once in the island you will visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain followed by the visit to the exclusive Inti Wata Cultural Complex (Only for cruise passengers) 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 cameloids. Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka Traditional Totora vessel to enjoy a panoramic visit of the Pilkakaina Inca Palace. At the end of the tour you will board the cruise and go back to Copacabana in order to take your bus back to your Puno Hotel. *An overnight at the cruise and other tours to different sites in Bolivia can be arranged. Please contact our time to help you customize your trip.
Day 8: Flight Back to Lima – Home (B)
After breakfast at your hotel in Puno, you will be picked and taken to the Airport in Juliaca. At this juncture, you will catch your flight back to Lima, and connect on your flight back home. *You could add a day hotel if your flight is late at night. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities for this day.
*Private tours, other levels of accommodationd and train options available upon request.
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.
- Number of people in your party
- Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
- Private or Group Tour
- Train choice. Please see options
- Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
- Need domestic or international flights?
- Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Cultural Institute (INC) has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to 2,500 people per day. This means that, once the 2,500 tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable.
About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$ 12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huaynapichu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huaynapichu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
- Roundtrip Vistadome train. Other train options available upon request: Expedition train, Hiram Bingham Train.
- Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip.
- Tourist Bus from Cusco to Puno * Especial assistance trough the Peru-Bolivia border
- Expert leadership, guides & support personnel for all listed tours
- Accommodations: 1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights in Puno
- Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, S = Snack). We can add any meals upon request
- Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (BTG, Cathedral, Qoricancha, Machu Picchu, Uros & Taquile, Copacabana Cathedral & Isla del Sol)
- Private Transportation: Lima airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima airport, Cusco airport/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Train Station, Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Bus station, Puno Bus Station/Puno hotel, Puno Hotel/Juliaca Airport.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Airport taxes: Local ($5-6) and International ($31) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
- International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
- Excess baggage charges
- Medical immunizations
- Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
- Tipping & Gratuities (Guides $4 per person per day / Drivers $1 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
- Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers. This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels. Transportation is just for you.
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours
We offer all level of accommodations. When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is. Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms. Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.
3-star Superior.- These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotel. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels.- Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc. Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.
4-star Suites.- Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option. Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4 star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel.- What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is. Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service. Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc. Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe.- These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service. Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it. Gourmet restaurants and spas. For the luxurious traveler.
Expedition.- The least expensive tourist train. Recently renovated cars offer nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome.- A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows. It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham.- Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer.- Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco. Departs only on certain days of the week. Depending on the season.
Peruvian Airlines.- Peruvian owned airline. Offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru.- Peruvian owned airline. It services many destinations and offers good value prices. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Taca Airlines.- Central American owned airline. Offers great service but few frequencies to Cuzco. Moderately expensive. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lan Peru.- Chilean owned airline. It offers great service and many frequencies to Cuzco (almost 13 flights per day). Prices are the highest of the market. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.