Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as you journey through the heart of the Andes, featuring places that are of outstanding universal value to mankind. As you travel through Peru and Bolivia, discover stunning landscapes, and astonishing ethnic and cultural diversity, shaped by centuries of history. On this tour, you will visit ancient pre-Columbian sites such as Machu Picchu and Tiwanaku and explore the cultural centres of Lima, La Paz, Cuzco and the legendary Sacred Valley. Be amazed by the most beautiful buildings from the Spanish Colonial era in Arequipa and experience the living heritage of Sacred Titicaca Lake and the Altiplano. This tour can also be perfectly combined with our other world heritage tours to South America, including Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
|Tour Duration||:||10 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||08 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Lima (PERU)
Bienvenidos a Peru! We receive a Lima style welcome at the airport and are subsequently transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores Hotel, Lima (2 nights)
Day 02: Lima
Our afternoon tour of the city begins with the centrally located Plaza Mayor (main square) designed and built by the famed Francisco Pizarro. The Cathedral, Palacio de los Virreyes, Palacio Arzobispal and Palacio Municipal. We also visit the San Francisco Convent, arguably the most beautiful architectural complex in the city. (B)
Day 03: Lima/Arequipa (Flight)
A short flight gets us to Arequipa, where this afternoon we tour the Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, La Compañía cloisters and the districts of Yanahuara and Chilina where we enjoy a breathtaking view of the Misti Volcano.
Overnight: El Cabildo Hotel, Arequipa (1 night) (B)
Day 04: Arequipa/Cuzco (Flight)
A scenic flight conveys us to Cuzco. Afternoon tour includes the beautiful church of Santo Domingo, the Cathedral, the Hatunrumiyoc, as well as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman - a most remarkable Inca building. Our tour continues to Quenqo, believed to have been an important sanctuary during the Inca period, Puca Pucara, a strategically located “red fortress” that dominates the entire area and Tambomachay with its two distinctive aqueducts that continue to provide clean water year round.
Overnight: El Dorado San Augustin, Cuzco (1 night) (B)
Day 05: Cuzco/Sacred Valley (Drive)
This morning we head out to the valley of Urubamba’s River (also called River Wilcamayu or Vilcanota) or “Sacred Valley” because grain and maize were cultivated for the Inka, his family and the upper class. Visit includes the Indian Market of Pisac. Pisac is famous for its peasant farms, native handicrafts and interesting Indian market that takes place three times a week (Tue, Thu & Sun). Our next stop is the fortress of Ollantaytambo, one of the most important examples of Inca military architecture. The complex has temples, palaces and a lot more to discover.
Overnight: Casa Andina Premium Hotel, Sacred Valley (1 night) (B, L)
Day 06: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cuzco (Drive)
Our day starts with the incredible 3-hour scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes from where we take a coach transfer to South America’s most famous World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. Our tour of the majestic Machu Picchu begins with the citadel, by far the most important attraction in the area. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, the citadel is one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape architecture in the world. We walk through the many stairways and canals carved out of stone that are recurrent throughout this remarkable archaeological site.
Overnight: El Dorado San Augustin, Cuzco (1 night) (B, L)
Day 07: Cuzco/Puno (Drive)
A pleasant 8-hour bus (seat-in-coach) trip takes us through picturesque rural landscapes dotted by small villages and herds of llamas and vicuñas. Our destination is Puno, however we make stops along our way to include visit to the Andahuylillas town and the Raqchi ruins. Arrival at Puno’s bus station, meet & transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Premium Hotel, Puno (1 night) (B, L)
Day 08: Puno/La Paz (Drive) (BOLIVIA)
Early morning transfer by land to Copacabana Santuary (Seat-In-Coach) to board the Catamaran Cruise Ship sails for Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and fountain followed by the Inti Wata Cultural Complex 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 camelids. Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka traditional vessel for a panoramic view to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Catamaran Cruise Ship to Chua harbor while enjoying a buffet lunch on board, land transfer to La Paz (Seat-In-Coach).
Overnight: Real Plaza Hotel, La Paz (2 nights) (B, L)
Day 09: La Paz
This whole day is spent exploring La Paz, including Tiwanaku, considered to be “the Cradle of the Andean Civilizations”. Tiwanaku was a religious city that, at its height, was home to approximately 40,000 people and was the ritual center for roughly 500,000 people residing in the three surrounding valleys. Our visit in this area includes the impressive Sun Gate, the Monoliths, the Temples of Kalasasaya and Kontiki, and the Akapana Pyramid. In the afternoon we tour the Moon Valley. (B)
Day 10: Depart La Paz
Today we depart Bolivia, our minds filled with unforgettable memories of an ancient and mysterious land. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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|Departure(s)||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|2017||US$ 2295||US$ 595|
|2018||US$ 2495||US$ 650|
Above quotes are not applicable during Easter, Inti Raymi Festival (June 20-30), National Holidays (July 24-Aug 02), Christmas (Dec 24 & 25) or New Year’s Eve (Dec 31). Possible pre-tour to see the Nasca Lines. Please contact us for more details.
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants
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