11 Day Peru & Bolivia – $3599 including flights

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Visit the city of Lima with its 2000 years of history, before heading to the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via The Voyager Inca Rail Train, and take an excursion by boat to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands. Visit the impressive ruins at Bolivia’s archaeological site of Tiwanaku, and tour La Paz and Valle de la Luna with its unusual moon-like terrain

The tour starst in Lima, Peru’s capital city, with its 2000 years of history. Enjoy a city tour to introduce you to this fascinating capital, plus spend time at leisure in the “Gastronomical Capital of the Americas” by trying one of Lima’s world-class restaurants and exploring the nightlife or perhaps join the optional tour to the Larco Herrera Museum, housing the world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels.

Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valley. Visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, then perhaps join the optional traditional dinner with a Peruvian Family in their countryside home, where you will sample delectable home-cooked specialists along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange.

Embark on an excursion to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the morning viewing the ancient citadel before traveling to Cuzco. Enjoy “The Imperial City” by leisure and perhaps visit some of the numerous Inca monuments or investigate the culinary secrets of Andean cuisine. Travel through the Andes mountain range to Puno, located on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 12,500 feet above sea level. En route, stop at Raqchi, site of the Temple of Wiracocha, the largest Inca temple ever discovered.

Take a boat trip to the fascinating floating Uros Islands, completely man-made structures still inhabited today, before arriving in Bolivia to see the impressive ruins at Tiwanaku. Continue on to La Paz, where you will walk along the narrow streets of Rosario, San Jorge and San Miguel, and see the San Francisco Cathedral and Presidential Palace, then ascend to the Killi Killi lookout point for a panoramic view of the entire city. Lastly, enjoy Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) with its moon-like terrain and impressive views of the Andes Mountains.

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 04 APRIL 2018 

Departs SYD 10 JUN ’18
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 Final Book By:04 APRIL 2018  Deposit: $3599pp
Final Balance: 04 APR 18
Prices correct as at 28MAR18
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Escorted Package Includes
  • Flights Sydney-Lima, La Paz-Sydney
  • 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 porterage
  • All transfers
  • 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
  • Gratuities for Tour Managers
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday – Depart for Peru

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival Equipment # Stop
10 Jun 2018 12:35PM QF Qantas Airways 27 SYD Sydney, Australia SCL Santiago, Chile 10 Jun 2018 11:10AM 744 0
10 Jun 2018 02:00PM QF Qantas Airways 3945 SCL Santiago, Chile LIM Lima, Peru 10 Jun 2018 04:50PM 321 0
Operated By: LA-LATAM Airlines

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 a briefing 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 Voyager 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 2 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 a buffet dinner featuring delectable Andean specialties
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Optional: Highlights of Cuzco & Cuzco Behind the Scenes Combo Package
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday – Raqchi & Puno
A long drive today but extremely rewarding. Depart Cuzco early in the morning, enjoying 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 Floating Uros 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. Although Visas are available for purchase at the border, it is strongly recommended to obtain yours in advance to avoid denial of entry and/or long delays. Proof of yellow fever vaccine is currently required to enter Bolivia; this regulation is subject to change without notice by the Bolivian authorities.
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

20 Jun 2018 04:40AM LA LATAM Airlines 2401 LPB La Paz, Bolivia LIM Lima, Peru 20 Jun 2018 05:35AM 320 0
20 Jun 2018 08:00AM LA LATAM Airlines 531 LIM Lima, Peru SCL Santiago, Chile 20 Jun 2018 12:30PM 763 0
20 Jun 2018 01:30PM QF Qantas Airways 28 SCL Santiago, Chile SYD Sydney, Australia 21 Jun 2018 05:50PM 744 0

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands 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.

 

Other information
Visa Info

Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will not require a visa for this itinerary.

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand  passport will not require a visa for this itinerary.

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

San Agustin Urubamba Hotel, Urubamba
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Hotel Royal Inn Puno, Puno
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Hotel Europa, La Paz
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Optional Tours

 

Day #2

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Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner

This evening drive through Lima and arrive at the Larco Herrera Museum. Experience one of Lima’s most magnificent museums by night on this tour that also includes dinner. Sit down to a light supper in the elegant dining room. The museum is located in an 18th century restored mansion, built over a 7th century pyramid and surrounded by gardens. Following supper, immerse yourself in the cultural intrigue of the museum with your local guide. Admire the world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

AUD$103.00 PP

 

Day #4

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Maras & Moray Tour

Begin the tour in Moray, an impressive agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan’s mastery of high-altitude crop growing. Here, you’ll see a large complex of terraced circular depressions in the earth which historians believe were used to study the climatic conditions on crops. As you descend each layer, the surrounding temperature descends as well, degree by degree, making for a unique and highly sophisticated thermo graphic tool. During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see the local farmers and shepherds working with native crops and animals all along the valley. This is a unique chance to peer into the daily lives of the indigenous people. Next, visit the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds in use since the time of the Incas. Learn more about salt extraction from the locals.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

AUD$64.00 PP

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Day #4

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Dinner with Local Peruvian Family

Tonight, you’re invited to dine with a traditional Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable local home-cooked Peruvian cuisine along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange with the family. As you share dinner, you’ll get to know the family first-hand and learn about work and everyday life in Peru.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours

AUD$33.00 PP

 

Day #6

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Highlights of Cuzco & Cuzco Behind the Scenes Combo Package

Today’s tour will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Start the day with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cuzco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Following the cemetery, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness a real offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Conclude this incredible morning with a cooking demonstration by a local chef showing you how to make a traditional dish from Cuzco. After a short break at your hotel, continue on to the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School in addition to an impressive collection of colonial art, including Marcos Zapata’s depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once the most important religious site of the Incas. From here you will travel to Sacsayhuaman, located on the northern slope of Cuzco. This impressive fortress, which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons, took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Incan military architecture. Conclude the day at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a local shop featuring alpaca clothing and accessories, and a local jewelry shop, featuring gold and silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

AUD$142.00 PP

 

Day #6

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Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes

Today’s tour will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Begin with a “Healing Ceremony”. Meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness an offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Continue with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cuzco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Conclude the tour with a cooking demonstration by a local chef showing you how to make a traditional dish from Cuzco, followed by lunch.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

AUD$64.00 PP

 

Day #6

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Half Day Highlights of Cuzco

Today’s tour starts at the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School in addition to an impressive collection of colonial art, including Marcos Zapata’s depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once the most important religious site of the Incas. From here you will travel to Sacsayhuaman, located on the northern slope of Cuzco. This impressive fortress, which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons, took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Incan military architecture. Conclude the day at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a local shop featuring alpaca clothing and accessories, and a local jewelry shop, featuring gold and silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

AUD$90.00 PP

 

 

Day #8

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Half Day Sillustani Tombs

Afternoon drive to the pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani. Upon arrival, a walking tour to the “Chullpas” of Sillustani on Lake Umayo, where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests, in cylinder-shaped tombs. Please note that the archaeological site is located approximately a half- mile walk from where you exit the bus. .

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

AUD$51.00 PP