Peru/Bolivia Adventure 20 days - Code: PEBOAVE20SV

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    Every month 20 days
    Group of 2 to 6 people 479 $ all included

  • Itinerary in brief
    Upon arrival in Lima the capital of Peru we head south to visit the Islas Ballestas and Nazca before reaching Arequipa and the famous Colca Canyon. From here we continue towards the Lake Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the world where we visit Copacabana and the Sun Island (Isla del Sol). We then go for a 1 day kayak tour on the minor lake Titicaca (unique) before we visit the small community of Chacaltaya in Pampalarama. We continue to Sucre which is also called “the White City” and Potosi where we visit the mines of the Cerro Rico. We head south towards Uyuni from where we visit the famous Salar de Uyuni where we discover the island with the giant cacti and the vastness of this 10.582km²/4.086mi2 big salt desert. Still in southern direction we cross the Lipez desert with its volcanoes, Lagunas as well as its rich animal life (lama, vicuña, alpaca, viscacha, pink flamingos, foxes, Nandu, etc....). After this incredible visit to the most southern spot of Bolivia we head back north to the administrative capital of Bolivia, La Paz. The tour continues to Cuzco where we discover the town, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and of course the famous Machu Picchu. 

  • 1. Arrival in Lima
    Today you arrive in Lima. Upon arrival at the international airport our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities planned of today and depending on your time of arrival you might have time to explore the town.

    2. Lima – Paracas – Islas Ballestas – Nazca
    Very early in the morning we are transferred from the hotel to the bus station for the bus to Paracas for our visit of the Islas Ballestas. Composed largely of rock formations and covering an estimated area of 0.12 km², these islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna like the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril. Other notable species include Humboldt Penguins and two varieties of seals (fur seals and sea lions), amongst other mammals. After our visit we continue by bus to Nazca where we spend the night.

    3. Nazca - Arequipa
    After breakfast you have the possibility to do the fly-over of the Nazca lines. The Nazca lines were discovered in 1926/27 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. They are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert and show hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, and lizards. The lines are shallow designs made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish/greyish ground beneath. The largest figures are over 200m/660ft across! Due to the dry, windless, and stable climate of the plateau and its isolation, for the most part the lines have been preserved. Extremely rare changes in weather may temporarily alter the general designs. For those you have chosen not to do the fly-over we leave to visit the Chauchilla cemetery where we can see very well preserved mummies and archaeological remains of the Nazca culture. We explore the local culture through a visit to a pottery workshop and we visit the aqueducts which used to serve to divert an underground source and recover the water. Our last visit is the Antonini Museum before we leave Nazca for Arequipa. Upon arrival in Arequipa our local team will be waiting to bring you to your hotel.

    4. Arequipa - Chivay/Cañon de Colca
    At 08h00 we start our tour to the majestic Colca Valley, also called the “Inca’s lost valley”. We visit Pampa Cañahuas and the Salinas National Reserve and at Aguadas Blanca we can observe Vicuñas, Lamas and Alpacas. We pause at Tojrapampa where we can observe the Bofedales (wetlands) and see different species of migration birds as well as flamingos. Later we stop at Patapampa at the Viewpoint of the Andes where we can admire the surrounding volcanoes. This will be our highest point on our tour at 4900m/16.080ft. From here we walk down into the Colca Valley to 3600m/11.810ft where we get installed in the hotel. After lunch we go for a trek (3-4 hours) to discover the archaeological site Uyo Uyo and we enjoy the landscape and the thermal baths of Yanque. Early evening we return to the hotel and the evening is free.

    5. Canyon de Colca – Puno
    After a very early breakfast we head towards the Cruz del Condor from where we can observe the depths of the canyon and the flight of the Condors. From the Cruz del Condor we walk to the Cruz del Cura and we visit the small traditional villages Pinchollo Yanque and Maca where we can see amphitheatre, church and terraces. We return to Chivay and after lunch we continue to Puno where the evening is free.

    6. Puno – Copacabana – Isla del Sol (Sun Island)
    After breakfast we are transferred to the bus terminal for the bus to Copacabana. After the border formalities at Kasani another ½ hour brings us to Copacabana where we get installed in the hotel. We visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana which is a 16th century church that houses the image of the patron saint of Bolivia. The church attracts thousands of local tourists throughout the year and it remains one of the two principal sacred places both for indigenous people and Catholics. After lunch we head to the port where a boat will be waiting to bring us to the south of the island to Yumani. From here we go for a short trek which takes us to the Palacio de Pilkokaina (“place where the birds rest”). This construction is characterised by its walls and doors that are particularly well conserved. From Pilkokaina we walk slowly to the village of Yumani where we spend the night in an Ecolodge. The evening is free to enjoy the atmosphere on the mystic island.

    7. Isla del Sol – Copacabana – La Paz
    In the morning we descend the Inca Staircase (204 steps). This staircase which is still in a very good condition will take us to the Inca Fountain and the port of Yumani from where we take the boat back to Copacabana. We have time for lunch and at 13h30 we take the bus back to La Paz. We arrive in La Paz around 17h30 and the rest of the evening is free.

    8. La Paz - Kewaya - Shisawa - Pariti - Kalauta - Kewaya - La Paz
    We leave La Paz at 06h00 in order to reach the Urus community Quewaya. Part of the route to Kewaya (total of approx. 2 ½ hour’s) is on a magnificent road that connects the town of Batallas with Kewaya during which we have the possibility to stop for taking pictures in some of the most remarkable spots along the way (i.e. the Cohuma channel and the Aymara village of the same name) we reach Kewaya. After a short briefing about the route and safety during the tour we can change at the inn and each participant will receive his equipment. Depending on the size of the group our assistance boat will either be a small boat with a “péké-péké” (small motor with a long wooden shaft) or a larger boat with a 40 hp outboard engine. We sail to Shisawa which are floating totora islands where we put our kayaks in the water. We visit the islet and we can admire the local crafts made from totora and buy souvenirs. We can taste the roots of the “totora” which is known for its many virtues and multiple uses and we might see some freshly caught small fish from the Lake Titicaca as well as eggs from the lake birds which are used for cooking by the locals. We leave Shisawa by kayak to reach the island of Pariti, approx. 3 km/1.9mi, accompanied by a local guide from Kewaya. We expect to reach Pariti after about 1 ½ - 2 hours kayaking along the totorals (natural totora plantations). During our tour the imposing and majestic Royal Cordillera stretches out before us and we have one of the most beautiful views of the mountain range possible. Upon arrival in Pariti we walk to the Anthropological Museum where we can admire very well preserved relics of the ancient Tiwanaku civilization of "Señor de los patos". Then, after an about 15 min hike we reach an old quarry from where the imposing stones which were used to build the pre-Inca site of Tiwanaku were extracted and transported by totora raft to the site. Also from here we have a wonderful view of the minor Lake Titicaca and its small islands. Depending on the season we might have the opportunity to taste “tuna” which are cactus fruit that are grown nearby. We return to Pariti around 13h00 where we enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch we kayak approx. 1 hour through huge totorals in order to reach the archaeological site Kalauta which faces the island of Pariti. During the tour we can admire the many lake birds in an idyllic and serene environment and maybe we’ll pass small fishing boats or other sailing boats loaded with totora rods which are used to feed livestock. Once arrived we leave the kayaks at the pier and we leave to observe the numerous "Chullpares" (or "Chullpas") which are ancient burial chambers reserved for the wealthy and high ranking members of the community. According to study these burial chambers are some 1200 years old. At 15h00 we end our tour and with the kayaks deflated we regain Kewaya on foot where we can get changed at the inn and maybe have a shower (depending on availability) before returning to La Paz. We expect to be back in the evening but the exact arrival time depends on traffic in the city of El Alto.

    9. La Paz – Pampalarama (4486m/14.720ft) – La Paz
    We leave La Paz after breakfast to visit the community of Chacaltaya. After approx. an hour we reach the heart of the Andes Cordillera at the Pampalarama shelter. We leave for a short walk (3 hours) in order to admire the magnificent landscape of the Royal Cordillera and we climb to 4700m/15.420ft to the Laguna Pampalarama. We have the possibility to sail on the lake or go for a stroll around the area. The original community of Chacaltaya was born in 1871 and through time is as managed to retain most of the Aymara culture. The community celebrates the important rituals of the Aymara calendar and life if lived at the rhythm of the agricultural production and the seasonal migration of llamas and alpacas in the month of September. Developed over time in the ancestral customs the community has kept the organic organisational and administrative structure which is managed by the "Ayni", "Minka" and the "Waki" – terms that indicate mutual aid and community work. The inhabitants speak Aymara and the majority of the Spanish as a second language. In the afternoon we return to La Paz where the rest of the day is free.

    10. La Paz – Sucre City Tour
    After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Sucre (departure times vary depending on the day). Arrived in Sucre we are transferred to the hotel and after lunch we leave to visit Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia also called the White City. This gem of Baroque art and the Renaissance is the most European cities in Bolivia and probably one of the most beautiful in Latin America. Founded in 1538 by order of Pizarro, Sucre was destined to become the residence and the centre of the Spanish bourgeoisie. From an architectural point of view, Sucre has remained like a postcard of the 19th century which is of course part of its charm. Sucre is considered the most beautiful city in Bolivia, but apart from its beauty and atmosphere of the 18th & 19th centuries, Sucre also has the advantage of being the historic capital of Bolivia. We visit the various museums, the Convento de Santa Clara and also the Casa de la Libertad, which saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence August 6, 1825 (all visits may vary depending on the day because the museums are closed on Sundays and public holidays). The evening is free to enjoy Sucre.

    11. Sucre – Potosi visit of the mines – Uyuni
    We leave Sucre by bus for Potosi. Potosi was once one of the largest cities in the world with a population over 200.000 people and is one of the highest cities in the world. It lies beneath the Cerro Rico Mountain (“rich mountain”) which was the reason for the town’s historical importance because of its important silver ore. After lunch we leave to visit the miners market. Custom says it brings good luck to buy Coca leaves, cigarettes, alcohol or even dynamite as presents for the miners that will receive us at their workplace. Once we have finished our purchases we visit one of the mines in the Cerro Rico mountain. The mines here are quite different from western mines, some of them are very old – dug out by hand by the slaves of the Inca Empire and later by African slaves during the Spanish occupation and very narrow and short (not for claustrophobics). Our visit of the Cerro Rico starts by the “Tio” (uncle) who is the protector of the mines and to whom the miners on many occasions make offerings in order to be protected from bad spells. We visit the 1st level of the mine and have the possibility to descend up to 3 levels below – 500 or 600 m into the depths of the Cerro Rico. After this amazing visit we head to the bus station for the bus to Uyuni. This small town east of the Salar de Uyuni was once a railway transit town and still has to two train lines thanks to the Chuquicamata mine in Chile and tourism. From Potosi we drive through the volcanic Cordillera Los Frailes and upon arrival in Uyuni a member of our local team will bring you to your hotel.

    12. Uyuni – Colchani – Salar de Uyuni – Incahuasi – Cueva de las Galaxias – Puerto Chuvica
    We start our journey around 10h30 in the morning and our first stop will be the locomotive cemetery which is a vestige of more prosperous times. From here we continue to Colchani which is a small village situated on the edge of the Salar and who’s inhabitants live from salt exploitation. In Colchani we discover how the salt is processed manually and we visit the small salt boutique, which also serves as a museum, where we can see large salt carvings and other objects (pottery, jewellery, tools, etc.). After this impressive visit with the craftsmen on the top of the world we enter the famous Salar de Uyuni; the biggest salt desert in the world with acreage of 10.582km²/4.086mi2. One of the particularities of the Uyuni Salt Flat is that it contains a reserve of 9 million tonnes of Lithium which represents 40% of world production. We head to the Island Incahuasi which mistakenly is better known as the Fisherman’s Island. This geological formation is a remnant of petrified coral and is covered in giant cacti that can get up to 12m/39.37ft high. From the top of the island we have a wonderful 360° view of the Salar de Uyuni. After lunch our journey continues in the direction of Puerto Chuvica. We have the possibility to visit the “Cueva de las Galaxias” which is a strange phenomenon of fossil algae which reminds us that the ocean was present here all the way to Oruro. In the adjacent cave we can observe the Chullpares which are Inca funerary remains. We climb to the viewpoint from where we have an unobstructed view of the desert and if we take a closer look we can also observe the fossil coral that once were part of an impressive coral barrier. After this impressive visit we continue to the small village of Puerto Chuvica (or San Juan depending on availability) situated at the doors of the Lipez desert. We arrive at the shelter around 16h00 and the evening is free.*

    * Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times !

    13. Puerto Chuvica – Salar de Chiguana – Ollagüe Volcano – Siloli Desert – Ruta de las Joyas Alto Andinas (Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda et Ramaditas) – Stone Tree - Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada
    We continue our tour of south Bolivia and from Puerto Chuvica we pass the Uyuni – Ollague railway, which is the property of the FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina), before crossing the Salar de Chiguana. We observe the still active volcano Ollague and even from far we can see its fumarole. We follow the famous Jewel Route which is composed of the Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda and Ramadita. Today we also visit the Stone Tree (please refrain from climbing on the rock) planted in the middle of the Siloli desert and at the end of the day we enter the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa where we arrive at the Laguna Colorada. This Alto Andina Laguna gets its name because of the red colour which is caused by microscopic shellfish which is the principal nutriment of the rose flamingos that live in this area. Due to climate changes (lack of rain) and the high evaporation of the Altiplanic basin the water level of the regions Lagunas is reduced rapidly which year after year also reduces the population of the flamingos. Mid-afternoon we leave to get installed in our shelter and the evening is free.*

    * Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times !

    14. Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada – Geyser de Sol de Mañana – Polques Thermal Spring – Dali Desert – Laguna Verde – Licancahur (5971m) – Villamar – Valle de Rocas – San Cristóbal – Uyuni – La Paz
    Our tour continues in southern direction to the Laguna Verde – one of the most southern points in Bolivia. We leave the Laguna Colorada in order to go even deeper into the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa. We visit the boiling geysers of Sol de Mañana which is an impressive geothermal field with pits of boiling mud and strong smells of sulphur. Our tour continues in the direction of the thermal bath of Polques, a natural source of hot water where we have the possibility to go for a swim. We continue through the South Lipez and we observe the “Damas del Desierto” - enormous rocks planted in this barren landscape and carved by the wind and weather over the years. We also cross the Dali Desert, which was named in reverence to the Catalan artist because of the resemblance of the landscape with the unreal yet natural colours to the masters’ work. We continue to the Laguna Verde and Blanca at the foot of the Licancahur where we stop to take a few pictures. The Laguna Verde gets its green colour from the high concentration of lead, arsenic sulphur and calcium – please refrain from bathing! From the Laguna Verde we start our drive back north. We pass by the small village Villamar which seems lost in the middle of the gigantic Lipez desert before passing by the biggest mining project in Bolivian history at San Cristobal. We arrive around 18h00 in Uyuni just in time for a quick dinner before getting the bus back to La Paz.*

    * Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times !

    15. La Paz Arrival - City Tour
    We expect to arrive back to La Paz around 07h00 and you are transferred to your hotel where you can leave your bags before going for breakfast (not included). After lunch we go for a visit of La Paz and our first stop on the tour is the Plaza Murillo (km 0), where we can see the Presidential Palace, the Parliament and the Cathedral. We visit the colonial street Calle Jaén and the old part of the town from where we continue to the famous church San Francisco which was built by the indigenous people followed by the commercial area of La Paz with its colourful markets, crafts, silver, wood and traditional textiles. At Nuestra Señora de La Paz we follow the route of the traditional women of the city, the Cholitas, and their commercial activities starting at the Mercado Uruguay which is particular today because it retains its colonial aspect with vegetables, seeds and animals sold from the same area. We continue to the Mercado Rodriguez which is open all week but during the weekends it grows to take up all the adjoining streets. We continue to the Calle Sagarnaga – the main shopping street for typical clothes and handicrafts. From here we also visit the Calle de las Brujas (the Witches street) and we finish our tour at the craft market of San Francisco.

    16. La Paz – Cuzco
    In the morning we are transferred to the bus terminal for the bus to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco we are transferred to the hotel and the evening is free.

    17. Cuzco – Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
    After breakfast, we visit the Sacred Valley and all the important Inca ruins in the area. We’ll see the ruins of Pisac with (depending on the day) the market, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo - a superb Inca fortress made of megalithic stones. In the evening we take the train to Aguas Calientes - a small village where all the buildings are concentrated along the railway giving it a “gold-digger” ambiance where we spend the night.

    18. Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
    We leave at 07h00 or earlier by bus to visit the famous Machu Picchu. After this impressive visit we return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo where upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel in Cuzco and the evening is free. The Citadel of Machu Picchu is the most important attraction in Cuzco. It was discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, and is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world. In Quechua Machu Picchu means “old mountain”. The Citadel was built on a hilltop which dominates the deep valley of the Urubamba river in the middle of tropical rainforest. Machu Picchu was both a centre of worship and astronomical observation and the private domain of the family of the Inca Pachacuteq.

    19. Cuzco – City Tour
    After lunch we start our city tour where we visit the archaeological sites of the town; Koricancha, the Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, K’enkho, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay. The evening is free to enjoy Cuzco.

    20. Cuzco Departure
    According to your time of departure you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. End of our services

    Important: Itinerary can change as a result of weather conditions and some sights are not accessible at all times – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

    *If you wish to climb the Huayna Potosi the request has to be made at the time of reservation. Even if request is made we can’t guarantee that there are places left (access is limited). If there are places allow for approx. 18 USD per person for the entrance fee.

  • General Information

    Highlights: Lima, Arequipa, Canyon de Colca, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Sun Island, La Paz, Pampalarama, Salar de Uyuni, South Lipez, Laguna Colorada, Potosi Mines, Sucre, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Paracas, Ballestas Islands

    Support Team: English speaking tour leader for the entire tour for groups of 4 people or more. For smaller groups it is possible to book this tour without a tour leader. Instead you would have guided visits with a local guide in chosen language. Please contact us directly to receive a personalised quote.

    Guaranteed departure: from 4 people

    Group size: 4 to 12 people

    Flights: Prices are valid only in certain tourist/economy classes which serve this destination. Therefore prices are subject to changes in case of unavailability at the time of reservation.
    - National flight Bolivia: La Paz - Sucre

    Accommodation: 14 nights in hotel/hostel, 1 night in homestay, 2 nights in bus und 2 nights in shelter (South Lipez)

    Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day.

    Tour Leader: In groups of 4 to 12 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice.

    Included in the price:
    - Water and land transfers as indicated in the program
    - Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program : 14 nights in hotel/hostel, 2 nights in Ecolodge, 2 nights in shelter and 1 night in bus
    - Meals as mentioned in the program
    - The assistance of specialised local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses
    - The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7)
    - Visits as outlined in the program
    - National flight La Paz – Sucre

    Not included in the price:
    - Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 397 nuevos soles (Peruvian national currency) in Peru and 300 bolivianos (Bolivian national currency) in Bolivia per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
    - Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses
    - Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider) • The supplement for a single room: 380 USD / 235 GBP (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping.
    - Possible visa expenses
    - International flights
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