Some of my best friends are Peruvian
Lima to La Paz. With a whole lot of jungly times, Pisco Sour times, Inca Trail times, Machu Picchu times, and Lake Titicaca times in between. Ie, 15 days of epic exploring, drinking, eating. YEAH BOY.
Research doesn’t have to be boring. You should read Marching Powder, written by an Aussie about an English drug traffickers time in the notorious San Pedro prison in La Paz. Then watch The Motorcycle Diaries which traces the road trip that a young Che Guevara and his buddy took through South America in 1952.
Day 1 - 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, pre-departure meeting is at 2pm.
Hotel The Place or similar
- Orientation walk with tour leader.
- Spend free time exploring the Peruvian capital
Day 2-3 - Puerto Maldonato- Amazon Jungle
Almost 50% of the world's plants an animals live here; there's 1800 species of butterflies and 200 species of mosquito.
- Fly to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the Peruvian Amazon
- Take a two-hour boat trip to the jungle lodge
- Head into the jungle with a guide and learn about the Amazon's wildlife, jungle food and flora and fauna
Caiman lodge or similarBreakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Wake early and take a boat ride in search of giant river otters, caimen, hoatzin and wading birds
- Journey to indigenous Indian farmlands
Day 4-5 - Cusco
Once you've gotten used to the altitude (you're at about 3300m), Cusco is a pretty amazing place: bars, restaurants, cute cobblestone streets, the Plaza de Armas, Sacred Valley and heaps of Inca ruins. See if you can spot the huge 'Viva el Peru' carved into the side of a hill.
Rimacpampa Hotel or similarBreakfast
- Take a flight to Cusco
- 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 6-10 - Inca Trek- Machu Picchu -Cusco
Just remember one step at a time and you'll get to Machu Picchu with no worries at all.
- 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 Ayapata
- 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 at approximately 730-8am
- Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu
- Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
- Return to Cusco by train
Inca Trail camping 3 nights, Rimacpampa or similar 2 nightsBreakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
Day 11-13 - 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
Hotel Balsa Inn or similar (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt)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 14-15 - La Paz
Welcome to Bolivia, land of the tiny bowler hat, Witches Market (complete with dried llama fetuses), cholita wrestling and Death Road.
- Follow the shore of Lake Titicaca and stop for lunch in Copacabana
- Visit a 17th-century Cathedral
- Continue the journey to La Paz
Sagarnaga Hotel or similarBreakfast
- Trip ends in the morning after breakfast in La Paz. If you have free time why not explore the cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways and markets of La Paz
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.
Trip Dates and Prices
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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.
Some of my best friends are Peruvian
David - Australia, 1 Feb, 2013
Need more time in the Amazon, travel to Puerto Maldonado and Posada Amazonas and back takes most of the three days. Another day or even two would make it much more enjoyable. Have to question effort to get to Bolivia vs time on the ground unless you're going onwards from La Paz. I'd rather have extra time in the Amazon than go to Bolivia.
Some of my best friends are Peruvian
Gareth - Australia, 31 Aug, 2012
Very good combination of activities and free time. Quality of hotels was very high for 3 star, and arrangements for local travel/transfers, flights and buses efficently organised.
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