This “Peru and Bolivia Highlights” travel suggestion gives you an opportunity to see the best of both countries. From the Peruvian city of Lima to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon Jungle where you will find an abundance of wildlife. Then onto Cusco, the Capital City of the Inca Empire and gateway to the architectural genius that is the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu. Then journey to Puno and Lake Titicaca, home to the man made floating reed islands and its local families. Cross the border to Bolivia to the city of La Paz, with its active street life, Witches Market and vibrant friendly locals. This suggested Peru and Bolivia travel itinerary is definitely one to consider if you are looking to experience the best of both countries.
The below tour is fully flexible with departure dates and can be modified to your personal travel preferences, please contact us for an obligation free enquiry.
Day 1 -2
Arrive Lima & sightseeing tour
Day 3 -4
Flight to Puerto Maldonado & stay at the community built Posada Amazonas Lodge
Journey to Puerto Maldonado & onto Cusco
Sightseeing tour of the Inca Empire’s capital city Cusco
Travel to stay in the Sacred Valley
Enter the lost city of Machu Picchu & enjoy a tour of the ruins
Return to Cusco
Day 10 – 11
Travel to Puno & tour the man made reed islands on Lake Titicaca, cross the border to Bolivia
City tour of La Paz
Depart La Paz for your onward journey / next adventure!
Day 1: Arrive Lima
Airport transfer to hotel. The hotel we recommend is located in the Miraflores district. This district is the new cultural and social hub of Lima. Miraflores boasts many culinary restaurants, local shops, cafes and theatres, making the district popular with travellers and brings a cosmopolitan atmosphere to your Peruvian adventure. The Miraflores district is also easily accessible to the historical city centre. The distance from Miraflores to the airport is approximately 30 to 45minutes. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2: Sightseeing Lima
Credit: Carlos Ibarra – PromPeru
After breakfast, there is a half day tour to explore Lima’s ancient history through its historical sites.
Peru’s capital is a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architectural jewels, revered pre- Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched over the blue Pacific. Explore these many facets, including the 16th century Plaza Mayor (Main Square) – still graced by the Government Palace and the City Hall. You will also visit the Cathedral and the San Francisco Convent, built in the 17th century, and its “Catacombs” ancient underground cemetery of Lima. The tour continues along the city’s lovely Pacific coast through the enchanting neighbourhoods of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar.
For the rest of the day there is time at leisure to relax or enjoy one of the many fabulous restaurants in the Miraflores district.
Day 3: From Lima to Puerto Maldonado
Credit Alex Bryce
After breakfast you will be met in the lobby of your hotel for your transfer to the airport for your flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado. (Lima-Puerto Maldonado flight is not included in package price). Start your journey arriving to Puerto Maldonado and checking-in at the Inkaterra Lounge (Butterfly House), where our staff will welcome you and give you the necessary information for your stay. Navigate by outboard motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Hacienda Concepción (approximately 25-minute navigation). Taste a buffet lunch with organic ingredients and native flavors. After lunch, take a walk through Concepcion Trails, our inside property nature trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rain forest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world.
At dusk navigate by outboard motorized canoe, at the Twilight River Excursion. Sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations. In the evening enjoy a nice dinner at the dining room in the Casa Grande.
Day 4: Hacienda Concepcion Lodge
New experiences are ahead and after taking a nutritious buffet breakfast, get ready for a long trek through Terra Firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. Navigate by dug-out canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), blue and yellow macaw (Ara Ararauna), red howler monkey (Alouatta Seniculus), black caiman (Melanosuchus Niger), and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche (Arapaimagigas). Back to the lodge for lunch, and later the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk awaits you. Take a 20-minute ride by outboard motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center where you will learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO). Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers (30 m) and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 ft. high (28 m). Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans (Ramphastos tucanus), woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) and the three-toed sloth (Choleopus hoffmani). After descending keep on feeling the incredible primary rain forest energy going along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales Swamps. You will learn about the fauna and flora of this flooded ecosystem. At night get ready for an adventure at the Hidden Rain Forest excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rain forest that gives way to nocturnal animals who display intriguing behavior patterns, and enhanced senses as adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal living nature sounds, and penetrate this hidden world. End up your day with a pleasant dinner.
Day 5: From Puerto Maldonado to Cusco
Credit: Luis Yupanqui / PromPerú
After breakfast, take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by outboard motorized canoe. Arrive at the Inkaterra Lounge (Butterfly House) where you may wait for your flight to Cusco, while visiting this beautiful butterfly house and learning about the fascinating transformation of these colorful insects, bred in our laboratory. Transfer to the airport. (Flight to Cusco is not included in package price).
When you arrive into Cusco you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and has an elevation of 3400m above sea level. We recommend you spend the rest of first day in Cusco at leisure to allow your body to adjust to the altitude.
Cusco is also the archaeological capital of South America and for good reason. It is one of the most important destinations in Peru and the gateway to one of the world’s most sacred ruins of an amazing ancient culture. With a mix of Spanish and Ancient Inca cultures, there are cobble-stoned streets, interwoven stone walls, Inca buildings, Andean Baroque structures from the colonial period like the cathedral. You can stroll through the picturesque neighbourhood of San Blas or dine in one of the many modern cafes, bars and restaurants.
Day 6: Sightseeing Cusco
It’s an early start to the day with a half day sightseeing tour of Cusco. The tour today takes you to visit the Korikancha (Temple of the Sun), the Cathedral, and then continuing onto the nearby archaeological sites of Tambomachay (Inca Fountains), Puca-Pukara (the red fortress), Qenko (Sacred site) and finally the famous gigantic Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The many restaurants in your hotel vicinity will let you sample the delicious Peruvian Cuisine.
Day 7: Journey from Cusco to Scared Valley
Today you will have a full day sightseeing to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Scared Valley is home to some breathtaking towns and sites including Maras, Moray, the fortress of Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Seeing these ruins and visiting the towns will enlighten your knowledge of just how sophisticated the Incas were and an insight into their ancient way of life. Enjoy the sights at your leisure and perhaps visit the colourful market of Pisa.
Day 8: Journey from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Credit: Gihan Tubbeh / PromPerú
Machu Picchu is one of the main attractions when visiting Peru. You have seen postcards, read about it in magazines, seen documentaries and have had it on your list as a “must do” in your life. Today is the day you will not only see Machu Picchu but you will breathe the magic and the beauty of Machu Picchu!
Your full day Machu Picchu tour starts off with a transfer and train to Aguas Calientes for your bus ride up to Machu Picchu. This is an excellent option for those who do not have time to hike the Inca Trail or wish not to. On arrival in Machu Picchu your sightseeing tour of the ruins and entrance fee have been included. Soak up the significance of your visit, enjoy the beautiful location and marvel in the intellect and architectural ability of the ancient Incan culture. It is amazing and spectacular just how appropriately Machu Picchu is located in its complimenting surroundings. The Inca Trail Walk can also be arranged for those wishing to experience the beautiful hike to Machu Picchu.
Due to Machu Picchu’s popularity with all travellers, we suggest that you go back for a second visit early the following morning before the trains arrive with the day tours. Spending time in the lost city of the Incas, soaking up the atmosphere without the crowds is a real spiritual experience. Hotels are located in Aguas Calientes and there is also an option to stay at the Orient Express Hotel at the entrance gate into Machu Picchu. Please advise if you would like us to quote for this.
Also to consider is the climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain, tickets are limited and pre-booking is required. Please let us know if you wish to add it to your itinerary.
After a full day at Machu Picchu, you will be taken to your hotel in Aguas Calientes in the Machu Picchu region to spend the evening at your leisure.
Day 9: Journey from Machu Picchu to Cusco
After a morning in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes, we will take you back by train back to your Cusco hotel. On arrival into Cusco you have the remainder of the day to relax, dine, wander through the colourful markets or get last minute souvenirs to remember your time here.
Day 10: From Cusco to Puno
This morning after breakfast your guide will transfer you to the coach terminal for your coach to Puno. For an additional cost you can upgrade this to a train ticket from Cuzco to Puno. When you arrive into Puno you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day at leisure. This city is located on the shore of Lake Titicaca and has been named as the ‘Capital Forklorica del Peru’ (Folklore capital of Peru) from its wealth of artistic and cultural expressions particularly dancing. The hotel we have selected offers some views of Lake Titicaca.
Day 11: From Puno to La Paz
Overland transfer to Copacabana and visit the Sanctuary and the local market. Hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island, visit the Sun Virgins Temple Iñak Uyu. Continue to Sun Island, visit the Inca Staircase, the sacred fountain and taste the sacred water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Lunch at “Uma Kollu” archaeological restaurant and visit a picturesque handicraft market. Hydrofoil cruise to Huatajata. In Huatajata experience the “Andean Roots Eco Village”: Visit the Altiplano Museum, where a state of the art audio system will explain in your own language the cultural heritage of the Aymaras and the Incas, the colonial time and Jacques Cousteau Expedition to Lake Titicaca. In addition to handicrafts and fisherman villages, the Mud Igloos of the Urus Chipayas; meet the Limachi brothers, builders of the RA II and Tigris for Thor Heyerdhal epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean and much more.
Bus transfer to La Paz, the road is running parallel with the Royal Range of the Andes. Arrival at your hotel is estimated at approximately 19:30 (Bolivian time). Overnight La Paz.
Day 12: Day Tour of La Paz
Your day tour of La Paz consist of the following attractions:
This morning your guide will meet you at the front of your hotel for your day tour of La Paz taking in the attractions and cultural aspect of this city. Your guide will first show you the Indian markets which also include a spooky witch market, the San Francisco Basilica, Murillo square, the Government Palace and National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Gold, Local customs, Murillo and Litoral museums.
Then after lunch, your guide will take you to the south of the city, where you can see the difference between the old and new central city; with the new cities 30 floor sky scrapers and modern shopping centers where traditional Indians and office personal in Armani suites are making this city really colorful. Coming further down to the south the climate also changes in more warm and green areas. The difference between central La Paz and the South can be sometimes 1000 meters! That’s the reason that the rich live in this part and the poor people in the colder, higher suburbs known as ”El Alto”.
La Paz is the Government’s home town and often named by mistake “highest capital of the world”, because the official capital city is Sucre. We leave the city and visit the Moon Valley. Beautiful, by erosion formed landscapes in a little park where the Big Andes honey bird flies over your head (if you’re lucky).
Day 13: Depart La Paz
After breakfast your ‘Highlights of Peru & Bolivia’ itinerary comes to an end with a transfer to the airport.
Arrival & departure transfer in Lima
3 nights accommodation Lima
Half day tour of Lima
Half day Lima Museum tour
Arrival & departure transfer by boat in Puerto Maldonado
2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinners at Puerto Maldonado
2 nights accommodation Puerto Maldonado
Orientation, canopy & ethno-botanical tour
Arrival & departure in Cusco
3 nights accommodation Cusco
1 night accommodation Sacred Valley
1 night accommodation Machu Picchu
Half day Cusco tour
Full day Sacred Valley tour
Full day Machu Picchu tour
Transfer Cusco to Puno
Arrival transfer Puno
1 night accommodation Puno
Full day tour Puno to La Paz
Arrival & departure transfer in La Paz
2 nights accommodation La Paz
International and internal flights
Items of personal nature
Drink alcoholic and non-alcoholic
Tips to drivers, guides and porters
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