High on Altitude
You know those photos of the place where someone in the foreground is holding out their hand, and the person in the background is sitting in it? Those are taken at the salt flats in Uyuni. Until now you thought it was just inhabited by tiny plam-sized people, didn't you?
(Was Peru & Bolivia)
Day 1-2 - Lima
Follow your nose to the Plaza de Armas for a Tunki coffee (Peru's own) and a chicharron (deep fried pork, deep fried sweet potatoes and red onion in a sandwich).
- Arrive in Lima
- Morning tour briefing
- Spend free time exploring the Peruvian capital
Day 3-4 - Cusco
Two things they love in Cusco - spontaneous festivals and stray dogs. You're bound to come across one or both of these over the next few days.
- Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trek
- Take a walking tour of central Cusco
- Explore Cusco and see the local sights during free time
Day 5-9 - Inca Trek - Cusco
Just remember one step at a time and you'll get to Machu Picchu with no worries at all.
- Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo
- Begin the Inca trek
- Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
- Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
- Camp near the village of Wayllabamba
- The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
- Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
- Camp with a view over the cloud forest
- Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay
- Continue up the Inca staircase
- Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
- Enter the beautiful cloud forest
- The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu
- Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun
- Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunrise
- Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
- Return to Cusco by train
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
Day 10-12 - Puno - Lake Titicaca
Have a sleepover with a local Uros Indian family on Lake Titicaca. Indulge in some home cooking, a few local beers and a bit of musical entertainment (hint: you'll be asked to join in so don't be shy).
- Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
- Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
- Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Indulge in a breakfast with your host family
- Take time to explore the island
- Board an afternoon boat back to Puno
Day 13-14 - La Paz
La Paz basically sits in a giant bowl so the bus ride down into the city is hairy but awesome. You've go free time to roam the cobblestone streets, shop for kitsch souvenirs at Calle Linares (pan pipes anyone?) and dried llama foetuses at the Witches' Market.
- Stop for lunch in Copacabana en route to La Paz
- Arrive in La Paz and enjoy free time exploring Bolivia's capital city
Day 15-16 - Uyuni (Great Salt Desert)
Two great things about this part of the trip: Lake Poopo has a funny name, and we burn around the salt flats in 4WDs.
- Catch a bus for a spectacular journey around the edge of Lake Poopo
- Gain awesome views of Bolivian mineral-rich mountains
- Spot llamas, alpacas and even graceful vicunas
- Spend two nights in Uyuni exploring the immense Uyuni Desert saltpan
Breakfast | Lunch
- Full excursion across the saltpans
- Visit the local village of Jiria
- Spend time on Isla Pescado
- Enjoy free time for exploring
Day 17-18 - Potosi
If sitting out in the mains square with a plate of saltenas and empanadas while gossiping about your friends is good enough for the locals, then it's good enough for us too.
- Travel to the silver-mining town of Potosi
- Enjoy a guided tour of the city which includes visits to the San Lorenzo church, the Cobija Arch, the main square, the cathedral, the Jesuit Tower and the museum in the Casa Real de la Moneda
- Spend free time exploring under your own steam
- Perhaps take a dip in a thermal bath
Day 19-20 - Sucre
There's a lot of history to take in here so we'll do some guided tours of Old Sucre's monasteries and chapels, then you're free to do what you like. Why not jump on a horse or and head into the countryside?
- Visit Sucre, the judicial capital of Bolivia
- Stay in a colonial guesthouse
- Take a guided tour of the old town and many of its highlights
Enjoy a free day to explore Sucre and perhaps visit the local markets and the textile museum, or set off through the countryside on a horse
Day 21 - La Paz
Things wind up back in La Paz today. Take a deep breath of thin air and say your goodbyes.
- Fly back to La Paz, where the trip comes to an end
- Tour ends on arrival at La Paz Airport – please ensure departure flights are not booked out of La Paz prior to 1500hrs.
What to Know
An experienced local leader in Peru and Bolivia, and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
High on Altitude
Catherine - United Kingdom, 23 Jun, 2013
I had a great time in Peru and Boliva, met some great people, ate some great food and saw some really great stuff. The tour leaders made everything super easy and the balance of organised activities and free time was just right, with some awesome extra excursions available. I would recommend this trip to anyone!
High on Altitude
Siobhan - Australia, 13 Nov, 2011
The Peru part of this trip was EXCELLENT! Fantastic guide, great activities. Only thing is our tents on the Inca Trail were not waterproof and it rained a lot which wasn't very good. However, the guides and porters were amazing.
The Bolivia part of the trip was not satisfactory. The tour guide was not good. It was disorganised. It did not follow the itinerary. Based on our experience in Bolivia, despite our excellent experience in Peru, we will not travel with Geckos again.
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