12 Days / 11 Nights
October 9-20, 2018
Machu Picchu ~ Cusco ~ Incas Sacred Valley
Aguas Calientes ~ Lake Titicaca ~ La Paz
Copacabana (Bolivia) ~ Moon Valley ~ Tiwanaku
COST US $1950
(about $2600 CAD) Flight not incl.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 30
This tour offers a great mix of classic guided tours and more adventurous excursions which will take you off the beaten path.
Experience the rich cultural heritage and natural wonders of Peru and Bolivia. Explore stunning colonial cities, which are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Witness the Andean culture with remaining links to its aboriginal identity. Discover the exceptional archaeological treasures left behind by the fascinating Inca civilization. Marvel at the striking contrasts presented by the nature and geography of these exotic countries. Enjoy the remarkable flavours of the creative and up-and-coming local cuisine.
Day 1 CUSCO ACCLIMATIZATION
Meet your group organizer (Walter) and your professional tour leader - Alen - at the Velasco Astete Airport in Cusco - arrivals area - between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Transfer from the airport to the local hotel by private passenger van for check-ins. Acclimatization for the altitude of 3400 m. above sea level. Free activities and in the evening walking tour with our English-speaking tour leader in Cusco's downtown. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 2 CUSCO CITY TOUR
Discover the Andean civilization by visting the Temple of the Sun- Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, the fortress of Pucapucara and the Water temple of Tambomachay. Overnight in Cusco. (B)
Included: Bus trip and local tour guide – entrance tickets to the archaeological sites.
Day 3 SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Pick up at the hotel at 9:00 in the morning to visit “Auwanocancha“, a conservation area for Andean animals. Then we continue with a visit to “Cochawasi“ and Pisac. Continuing via Coya to Lamay, Calca and Urubamba where you have a buffet lunch (incl). Afterwards we will tour the archaeological park of Ollantaytambo, right in the Sacred Valley. Overnight in Ollantaytambo. (B, L)
Day 4 AGUAS CALIENTES
We will travel by train to Aguas Calientes departing at 11:15 AM from Ollantaytambo. We will enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains, the Urubamba River and the lush forest of this picturesque region during our train ride. On arrival, check in at the hotel and then head into town for an included lunch. Optional visit to Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes or individual activities. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (B, L)
Day 5 MACHU PICCHU: THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS
We will board a local shuttle bus to the world-renowned Machu Picchu archaeological site. Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the site with an English-speaking local guide. Afterwards, choose between free time to explore the site on your own or join a 2-hour scenic hike to a nearby mountain (details coming soon). In the evening, free activities and time for dinner (not incl). Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (B)
Day 6 CUSCO - PUNO
Short walk to the train station in Aguas Calientes, departure at 8:30 AM to Ollantaytambo and travel back to Cusco by bus. After a lunch stop in Cusco (not incl), we will ride a private tour bus to Puno with some stops at Andean lookout points. Overnight in Puno. (B)
Day 7 PUNO – LAKE TITICACA, UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
We will take a boat to the Uros Floating Islands at approx 8:00 AM. Afterwards, take a tour of the Stony Island, followed by a walking tour of exotic Taquile Island with lunch at a local restaurant included. We will return to Puno at approx 5:00 PM. Overnight in Puno. (B, L)
Day 8 PUNO - COPACABANA (BOLIVIA)
Today we will cross the Peru-Bolivia border for the next part of our adventure. Transfer to the bus station in Puno and travel to the vibrant city of Copacabana (Bolivia) aboard a shared coach bus. Free time for lunch and optional activities in Copacabana. You may take an optional tour by boat to Sun Island (Isla del Sol) in Lake Titicaca, or climb to the top of Mount Calvario with our tour leader to take in breathtaking views of the city and the lake that it borders on. Overnight in Copacabana. (B)
Day 9 COPACABANA – LA PAZ
Free time in the morning to enjoy more of the city's attractions or for shopping. After lunch, travel to Bolivia's capital by shared bus. Transfer to the luxury Apart Hotel and free activities in La Paz. Overnight in La Paz 5-star hotel with multi-share suites (max 4 guests per suite). (B)
Day 10 LA PAZ CITY TOUR & MOON VALLEY
La Paz guided city tour. Discover the famous Witches Market, Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, Cable Car-teleferico drive. Afterwards, take a memorable tour of the incredible Moon Valley and return to the hotel. Free activities. Overnight in La Paz. (B)
Day 11 LA PAZ TIWANAKU
Free activities or optional guided trip to Tiwanaku archaeological site with local English-speaking guide for a deeper understanding of Inca and pre-Inca art and culture. Lunch in Tiwanaku included. Upon your return to La Paz, time for free activities. Overnight in La Paz. (B, L)
Day 12 LA PAZ
Transfer to the airport of La Paz to bid good-bye to our tour leader and the new friends we made on this remarkable South-American expedition. (B)
a) Flight and Land tour (if leaving from Pearson Airport in Toronto) - Recommended: Approx. US $2650 pp**
b) Land tour only: US $1950 pp (about 2600 CAD)
* Rates based on double-occupancy for a minimum of 10 travelers. Single supplement: US $350 (about. 480 CAD)
** Price may vary depending on air fares at the time of booking. Please, inquire with our travel agent about current rates
US $500 (about. 670 CAD)
Final payment due by August 30, 2018
*** The deposit is non-refundable
Local flight Lima-Cusco • Hotel accommodation: 11 nights (double occupancy) • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches • Transfers airport - hotel - airport (1) • Tickets for the City tour and Sacred Valley • English speaking tour leader throughout your stay • Cusco guided city tour (2) • Sacred Valley guided tour (2) • Machu Picchu tour (2) • Private tour bus from Cusco to Puno (2) • All entrance tickets included in private tours • Floating islands Uros and Isla Taquile guided tour (2) • Local bus from Puno to Copacabana • Local bus from Copacabana to La Paz
(1) You are responsible to ensure that you arrive at the Cusco airport by 12:00 PM on day 1, in order to use our private airport transfer service. If you are late, you may travel to the local hotel by other means.
(2) Incl. an English-speaking local guide
International flight • Tips • Personal costs • Beverages • Meals, if it is not mentioned different in itinerary • Optional excursion to Tiwanaku archaeological site with the lunch included and entrance to Lithic & Ceramic Museum
Walter De Marco • He is a worldwide traveler who lives in Toronto, ON and organizes outdoor events and trips for adventure lovers with TorontoHiking, as well as several Meetup groups. He will escort the group throughout this trip, along with a professional tour guide: Alen Santrac. You may contact Walter at +1.416.258.7430
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