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11 Day Classic Peru & Bolivia - 11 Day Classic Peru & Bolivia

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Bolivia , Peru

Cities Visited

Puno, La Paz, Lima


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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru; arrival and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru's vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Monday - Lima City Tour
This morning's tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, official residence of the President, and the 16th century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornate carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. This afternoon, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting about the wonderful journey that awaits you. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner. Experience one of Lima's most magnificent museums by night on this tour, that also includes a light supper. Admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels
Optional: Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Tuesday - Fly to Cuzco, Chinchero Weaving Demonstration
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. Upon arrival, drive through the rugged mountainous region with its magnificent panoramas, along roads with farms and small villages to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, stop in Chinchero. Here, enjoy an authentic Peruvian lunch followed by a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Wander around the complex and shop for souvenirs among the fine textiles and other local treasures. Time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to your hotel in the Urubamba Sacred Valley. This evening, dinner together with music at a lovely restaurant
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Sacred Valley & Ollantaytambo Ruins
Enjoy this morning at leisure in the Sacred Valley to explore some of the ancient ruins independently or, join the optional tour to Maras and Moray. The excursion begins in Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan's mastery of high-altitude crop growing. You'll be astounded by the large complex of perfectly circular depressions in the earth that historians believe were used to study climatic conditions. Next, travel to the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds in use since the time of the Incas. This afternoon, visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th century life. Tonight, join the optional traditional dinner with a Peruvian family in their countryside home. Sample delectable home-cooked Peruvian specialties along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange
Optional: Maras and Moray Tour
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Expedition Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu*, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's re-discovery in 1911. Spend the morning viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight *Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 3 hours
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today independently discovering the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Incan and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city's stunning sights, or, shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Participate in the optional Cuzco "Behind the Scenes" tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. In the afternoon, join the optional Highlights of Cuzco excursion that takes you to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings, the Temple of the Sun and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which took over seven decades to complete. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Raqchi & Puno
Depart Cuzco early in the morning on a long drive today. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) graze on the immense plateaus and plains. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. Today, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers and artisans. Then, you arrive at pristine Lake Titicaca sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America's largest fresh water lake. A box lunch will be provided en route before arriving in Puno for your overnight
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Sunday - Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure. Or, take the optional tour to the Sillustani Tombs, the pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs here are built above the ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, vestiges of the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Evening is at leisure in Puno
Optional Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Tiwanaku Archaeological Site; La Paz, Bolivia
Drive south from Puno to Desaguadero where you will cross the border into Bolivia*. Then continue to the impressive Bolivian ruins at Tiwanaku, built by a pre-Inca society, thought to be the largest city in the ancient world lasting for over 28 centuries. During this time some of the most impressive stone monoliths in the world were created along with a sophisticated irrigation system and a society that understood astronomy and the workings of the sun. When you see these impressive structures, you'll stand in awe of their amazing achievements. Highlights of the site include the Gate of the Sun, Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana; all examples of a glorious past. After lunch, continue driving on the high plateau to reach La Paz, spectacularly set against the magnificent snowcapped peaks of Mt. Illimani*The border crossing may take up to 3 hours due to local conditions. After clearing Border Control, you will have to walk a half mile to board your Bolivian bus
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Tuesday - Tour La Paz, Moon Valley
Explore La Paz, the largest city in Bolivia, and its surroundings. Walk along the narrow streets of Rosario, San Jorge and San Miguel, some of the city's most lively neighborhoods. Arrive at the sprawling open-air Witch Doctor's Market, where women in bowler hats sell medicinal herbs and spices and other superstitious artifacts. See the San Francisco Cathedral, Presidential Palace and other important colonial-era buildings before ascending to the Mirador Killi Killi lookout point for a panoramic view of the entire city accented by snowcapped peaks. Afterwards, on to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) with its moon-like terrain and impressive views of the Andes Mountains. Enjoy a typical lunch and walk around the valley with its rugged landscape before returning to La Paz
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Wednesday - Depart Bolivia
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight**Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 11 and will require a transfer on Day 10. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands and Bolivian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Lima, La Paz-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Lima-Cuzco
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Lima
  • 2 nights Urubamba Sacred Valley
  • 2 nights Cuzco
  • 2 nights Puno
  • 2 nights La Paz
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • City Tour of Lima with its 2000 years of history
  • Visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
  • Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via
  • Excursion by boat to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands
  • Visit the impressive ruins at Bolivia’s archaeological site of Tiwanaku
  • Tour La Paz and Valle de la Luna with its unusual moon-like terrain
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Lima-Cuzco.

    Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

    Please note that proof of yellow fever vaccine is recommended, but not required to enter Bolivia.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triples at the Hotel Europa in La Paz will be accommodated in a twin and single room.

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    Accommodations

    Jose Antonio Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated in the modern district of Miraflores.

    San Agustin Urubamba Hotel
    This tourist class hotel provides a peaceful base point for exploring the close by ruins and appreciating the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and surrounding mountains.

    Jose Antonio Cuzco Hotel
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated nearby Cuzco's archaeological center.

    Hotel Royal Inn Puno
    This tourist class hotel is centrally located in the city center and nearby the Puno Plaza de Armas.

    Hotel Europa
    This first class hotel is located in the center of downtown La Paz and overlooks the Illimani mountains.

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