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Peru & Bolivia Essentials: Andean Jewels 12d

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12 days
Cusco
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 14

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Tour Details

Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu – Titicaca Lake – La Paz – optional: Uyuni Salt Flats 

This tour offers a great mix of classic guided tours and more adventurous excursions which will take you off the beaten path.

Bolivia is home to indigenous women in bowler hats, charming colonial cities, and striking landscapes. This landlocked country relatively untouched by modernity, with cultures and customs that remain edlargely unchanged for generations. Bolivia is an energetic, enigmatic piece of South American sorcery and offers extraordinary and immensely varied destinations like the highest peaks in the Andes, the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca, the vast and breath takings altflats of Salar de Uyuni and the wild life-rich tropical jungles.

Peru – one of the richest historic and cultural heritages of the world, of which the Inca Empire is the most known of all, and whose main symbol is the site of Machu Picchu, one of the world’s new 7 wonders. This is an exotic land, of humble and truthful people, but also of legends where the potential for adventure and discovery is endless! It’s a land that grabs all of our senses at once, which makes us admire the simplicity and joy of the day-to-day life and where you will want to come back over and over again!

Note: This tour is made for at least 8 passengers as a private tour. 

Dates for closed groups available during the whole year, on request

What to Expect

The highlights of the tour.
  • An extraordinary nature and geography, full of striking contrasts
  • An exceptional archaeological heritage, left behind by fascinating ancient civilizations
  • An Andean culture with remaining links to its Indian identity
  • Stunning colonial cities, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Bask in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes
  • An original and up-and-coming cuisine, recognised worldwide for its remarkable flavors.

Price Includes

  • Hotel stays with breakfast : 3 nights in Cusco hotel***, 2 nights in Aguas Calientes hotel ***, 2 nights in Puno hotel****, 1 night in Copacabana, 3 nights in La Paz, Optional Uyuni Salt flats tour 4d/3n and one more night in La Paz
  • Transfers airport – hotel- airport
  • Tickets for the City tour and Sacred Valley
  • English spoken guide for the private City tour in Cusco
  • English spoken guide for the private Sacred Valley tour with lunch included
  • English spoken guide for the Machu Pichu private tour with lunch included in Aguas Calientes
  • Touristic private bus from Cusco to Puno
  • All entrance tickets included in private tours
  • Transfer from the hotel in Puno to the dock and whole day private tour to Floating islands/Isla Taquile with lunch included, with local guide
  • Local bus from Puno to Copacabana
  • Local bus from Copacabana to La Paz

Price Excludes

  • International flight
  • Local flight
  • Tips
  • Personal costs
  • Meals, if it is not mentioned different in itinerary
  • Optional excursion to Tiwanacu archaeological site with the lunch included and entrance to Lythic & Ceramic Museum

Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO ACLIMATIZATION

Arrival to the Velasco Astete airport , transfer from the airport to hotel *** . Aclimatization for the altitude of 3400 m. above sea level. Free activities and in the evening walking tour with local guide to the downtown of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.

Day 2CUSCO CITY TOUR

Breakfast. Contact with Andean culture by visting the Temple of the Sun, Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, the fortress of Pucapucara and the Water temple of Tambomachay. Overnight in Cusco.

Included: Bus and tour guide – entrance tickets for the archeological sites
Duration: From 9.00 to 13.30 or at 13.30 to 18.00.

Day 3SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

Breakfast. Pick up at the hotel at 8:30 in the morning to go to Pisac where we visit the handicraft markets and the archaeological site. Continuing via Coya to Lamay, Calca and Urubamba where you have a buffet lunch in Tunupa restaurante. Continuing by bus to the archaeological park of Ollantaytambo, in returning to Cusco we visit Chinchero. Overnight in Cusco.

Duration: 8.30 am to 7.30 pm.

Day 4AGUAS CALIENTES

Breakfast or breakfast box. Pick up from the hotel at agreed time, we take you to the station in Ollantaytambo where you board the train to Aguas Calientes. On arrival, check in in the hotel. Optional visit to Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes or individual activities. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 5LOST CITY OF THE INCAS MACHU PICCHU

Breakfast. Taking a bus to Machu Picchu and visiting the archaelogical site with a guide for approximately 2 hours, after it you will have free time in Machu Picchu.
After free time, at agreed time taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Free activities in Aguas Calientes.

Day 6CUSCO - PUNO

Breakfast. Short walk to the train station in Aguas Calientes and departure at 8.00h to Ollantaytambo. Taking a bus to Cusco. Arriving to Cusco at app.12.30pm. Free time for a lunch. Private touristic bus to Puno and arrival to Puno at night (app 6-7hours of driving). Transfer to a hotel**** in Puno. Overnight in Puno.

Day 7PUNO – TITICACA FLOATING ISLANDS UROS AND TAQUILE ISLAND

Breakfast. Early In the morning, at agreed time, transfer to Puno dock, where we will take a boat to floating islands Uros and after that visit Taquile Island with local lunch included. In the afternoon returning to Puno. Overnight in Puno.

Day 8PUNO - COPACABANA (BOLIVIA)

Breakfast. Transfer to the bus station in Puno. Bus drive to Copacabana/Bolivia with local transport (shared). Arrival to Copacabana and free activities. Optional tour by boat to Sun Island (Isla del Sol). Overnight in Copacabana in hotel ***.

Day 9COPACABANA – LA PAZ

Breakfast. Local bus transfer (shared) to La Paz at app. 12h. (4-5h of driving). Transfer to the hotel *** in La Paz. Free activities in La Paz. Overnight in La Paz.

Day 10LA PAZ CITY TOUR & MOON VALLEY

Breakfast. City tour in La Paz with visit of famous Witches Market, Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, Cable Car-teleferico drive, visit the famous viewpoing Kili Kili and at the end of tour entry to the Moon Valley. Duration of 4 hrs. Return to the hotel. Free activities. Overnight in La Paz.

Day 11LA PAZ TIWANACU

Breakfast. Free activities or optional tour to Tiwanacu arhcaeological site, visit to the Lythic and Ceramic Museum of Tiwanacu civilization and on return to La Paz lunch included. Free activities. Overnight in La Paz.

Day 12LA PAZ

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of La Paz or optional continuing with a tour to Uyuni Salt Flats. Tour of 3n/4d.

Day 12/15LA PAZ - UYUNI SALT FLATS - LA PAZ

EXTENSION TRIP – for those people that want the extension trip (FOR INFORMATION AND BOOKING PLEASE DO INQUIRE)

Day 15LA PAZ

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. End of services.

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Essential info

Passport and visas

Your passport should be valid for six months after the date of your scheduled return home. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

Visa’s are not required for citizens of most countries in America and Western Europe. However, it is the responsibility of the individual traveller. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.

Travel Insurance

Make sure you have Travel Insurance and that you are adequately covered for Cancellation, Curtailment and Medical Insurance prior to your holiday departure. Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

Medical and health information

You  need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. Peru is a country where many cities are at an altitude of over 10,000 feet (3000 meters) – Cusco (11,000 ft / 3350 m), so that your body will need to adapt to the lack of oxygen. Altitude sickness can translate into the following symptoms: fatigue, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness, insomnia. For people suffering from cardiovascular or breathing problems, we would highly recommend you to consult a specialist doctor before traveling. No special vaccinations are needed in order to enter to Peru.

Local time 

Summer time in the northern countries / from April to October -6 hours’ time difference with the United Kingdom; -1 hour’s difference with New York (EDT) and +2 hours’ time difference with the California (PDT).

Winter time in the northern countries / from November to March -5 hours’ difference with the United Kingdom, no time difference with New York (EDT) and +3 hours’ time difference with California (PDT).

When to Visit Peru

You can visit Peru all year round, but May to September is a good time to go to these tripp. Be warned, Machu Picchu is usually closed for maintenance in February. In the Andes, the months from December to March correspond to the humid season. It therefore rains regularly, but it’s not exactly a monsoon!

The rest of the year, the weather is dry and sunny, but with colder nighttime temperatures, especially between June and August. Traveling to Peru from December to February or even in March, will allow you to enjoy your tour in the lowest tourist season (more availability, better prices, less tourists in all the popular sites), in summer on the coast, and pleasant nighttime temperatures in the mountains. However, the risks of rain in the Andes will be much higher.

Food and dietary requirements

The ability to experience local food, whether it’s from a street vendor, a home stay, or a restaurant, is a huge part of travelling. Peruvian cuisine is rated among the best in the world and is currently experiencing a period of flourishing self-confidence and great popularity overseas. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. There will be times that meals will be provided for you, if you have any allergies or food preferences, i.e. vegetarian, please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts.

Guinea pig (cuy) is the traditional dish most associated with Peru, and you can find it in many parts of the country, especially in the mountain regions, where it is likely to be roasted in an oven and served with chips. It’s likely however, that you may encounter more burgers and pizza than guinea pig, given that fast food has spread quickly in Peru over the past two decades.

Snacks and light meals

All over Peru, but particularly in the large towns and cities, you’ll find a wide variety of traditional fast foods and snacks such as salchipapas (chips with sliced sausage covered in various sauces),anticuchos (a shish kebab made from marinated lamb or beef heart) and empanadas (meat- or cheese-filled pies). These are all sold on street corners until late at night. Even in Peru’s villages you’ll find cafés and restaurants that double as bars, staying open all day and serving anything from coffee and bread to steak and chips, or even lobster. The most popular sweets in Peru are made from either manjar blanco (sweetened condensed milk) or fresh fruits.

In general, the market is always a good place to stock up – you can buy food ready to eat on the spot or to take away and prepare – and the range and prices are better than in any shop.

Beer and wine

Most Peruvian beer – except for cerveza malta (black malt beer) – is bottled lager almost exclusively brewed to five percent alcohol content, and extremely good. Traditional Peruvian beers include Cristal, Pilsen and Cusqueña. Wine (vino) with one or two exceptions it is not that good. Among the better ones are the Tipo Familiar label– not entirely reliable but only around S/8 a bottle – and, much better, Tabernero or Tacama Gran Vino Reserva (white or red) from about S/25–45 a bottle.

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment.

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Group Leader

We like to call them “Leaders” and not “Guides” because they are essentially your well traveled, experienced friends! While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Our Leaders main goals are to ensure everyone on the trip is having the best time possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. They know the trip locations well, and have great relationships with all our contacts in each destination. Not to mention they are all extremely fun and easy going people who continue to showcase the essence of what makes us Eco Explorer!

Safety

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you’ll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary due to safety concerns. While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

Solo travellers

Our holidays are renowned for being friendly, fun experiences, and our small groups frequently include a significant number of single travellers. You’ll feel very welcome amongst people who share a passion for seeing the world on foot and the outdoor life.

Minimum group sizes

As with all group tour operators, we require a minimum number of participants to operate each holiday. Should this number not be reached, the holiday will not be commercially viable and we reserve the right to cancel the holiday. This will be done reluctantly and an offer of a suitable alternative holiday will be provided wherever possible.

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