The Spanish Inca-sition
Prepare ye poncho kids, we have a South America extravagaza on our hands. Amazon jungle, Lima, Cusco, Inca trail, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, the Salar-Uyuni Salt Flats, Potosi, Sucre, markets, food, ruins, parties, homestays, Pisco Sours, wildlife, AWESOMENESS.
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 palm-sized people, didn't you?
Day 1 - Lima
You've got one day to see Lima. Try to find a chifa restaurant - a fusion of Peruvian and Chinese food. It's delicious.
Arrive Lima, pre-departure meeting is at 2pm.
Spend free time exploring Peru's capital.
Head to 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).
Day 2-3 - Amazon Jungle
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.
Take in the views from a 30m high canopy tower
Wake early and take a boat ride in search of giant river otters, caimen, hoatzin and wading birds
Journey to indigenous Indian farmlands
Optional evening presentation on the Infierno Ecotourism projectBreakfast | Lunch | Dinner
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.
- 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
Our porters are a friendly bunch, except when they're kicking your butt at soccer. You might not speak the same language, but you'll definitely become mates.
- 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
- Free time in Cusco to Relax after the trek.
Day 11-13 - Cusco - Puno - Lake Titicaca
You've earned a free day in Cusco. Then it's off to visit the Uros Indians who live on floating reed islands. Play soccer against the kids on your overnight homestay. Don't be embarrassed when you lose.
- Relax or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
- Catch a flight to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
- Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island
Day 14-16 - La Paz
- Travel to La Paz by local bus, visit a 17th century Cathedral en-route.
- La Paz basically sits in a giant bowl, so the ride down into the city is hairy, but awesome.
- Free time to relax or explore the cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways and markets of La Paz.
- Travel by overnight bus to Uyuni.
Day 17-19 - Salar- Uyuni Salt Flats
- Arrive to Uyuni, where you'll head out onto the salt flats on a 4WD excursion. It's the most fun you'll ever have with salt in your entire life.
- Salar will be your base for exploring the great salt desert by 4WDs.
Day 20-21 - Potosi
If sitting in the main square with a plate of saltenas and empanadas while gossiping about your friends is good enough for the locals, it's good enough for you too.
Vsit the main square and cathedral, the Jesuit Tower and the main museum
Perhaps go on a mine tour, the conditions are poor and the mines are very small so this can be quite confronting
Day 22-24 - Sucre
- As a university town, Sucre has no shortage of good times. Go forth and prosper.
- 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 - the Franciscan Monastery, main museum and the chapel of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
- 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.
- Travel back to La Paz by overnight bus.
Day 25 - La Paz
Arrive back to La Paz in the morning.
Transfer to hotel for the use of day rooms until 12 midday.
Please do not book any international flights before midday.
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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