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Mach Picchu Peru

Peru & Bolivia Highlights

15 days from £4,795 pp (excl. international flights)
Lima  → Sacred Valley  → La Paz  → Uyuni

Machu Picchu ancient ruins and Uyuni Salt Flats

Adventure through Peru and Bolivia, unveiling ancient wonders of Machu Picchu and exploring captivating landscapes.

Embark on an exhilarating journey through the heart of Peru and Bolivia, where exploration and adventure await! Begin in Lima, Peru's vibrant capital, discovering historical gems like the Santo Domingo Convent and Lima Cathedral.

Fly to Cusco, the historic Inca capital, and venture into the captivating Sacred Valley, marveling at the archaeological wonders of Pisac, Chinchero, and Ollantaytambo. The pinnacle of the journey awaits at Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas.

Back in Cusco, witness the grandeur of Sacsayhuamán, explore bohemian San Blas, and visit the majestic Cathedral and Koricancha. Continue your adventure, uncovering Tipon's hydraulic marvel and the Andahuaylillas chapel. Cruise Lake Titicaca to Sun and Moon Islands before reaching La Paz, Bolivia's breathtaking capital.

Get ready for a surreal adventure at the Salar de Uyuni, which is home to the world's largest salt flat. A trip to Bolivia's mesmerizing Salt Flats takes you on a journey through a vast expanse of blinding white that stretches as far as the eye can see. In the wet season, the Salar de Uyuni transforms into a dreamlike realm that seems to blend earth and sky, making it an unforgettable encounter with nature's raw beauty. It's also a paradise for photographers.

Conclude with leisure time in La Paz, enjoying this incredible city with its stunning scenery and amazing cable car ride across its skyline.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

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Lima by night

Welcome to Lima, the capital of Peru overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Upon your arrival, you will be met and at the airport and transferred to Villa Barranco where you will spend two nights.

Day 2: Explore the City of Kings

Peru Lima Larco Museum

Larco Museum

Begin your adventure by visiting the magnificent Santo Domingo Convent, a place rich in history, once transited by all the major Saints of Lima. From there, cross Lima's Main Plaza, featuring the Government and Municipal Palaces and the impressive Lima Cathedral. Next, head to the renowned Larco Museum, boasting an impressive collection of ceramic pieces depicting various aspects of ancient Peruvian life. A tasting menu and demonstration class with ceviche tasting is a particular highlight of the day.

Day 3: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Cusco

Cusco

Depart Lima for your flight to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel Andenia Hotel in the enchanting Sacred Valley where you will be staying for two nights. On our way, stop at the majestic Inca site of Pisac, perched high above the village bearing the same name then continue to the traditional Pisac market, a delightful place to explore.

Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Sacred Valley Steps

Sacred Valley

Today's adventure takes us to Chinchero, a charming and picturesque town in the Sacred Valley. The journey continues to Moray, an intriguing Inca archaeological site with colossal concentric terraces, resembling a grand amphitheatre. There is also a visit to Maras, renowned for its salt mines. Indulge in a delightful lunch accompanied by a demonstration of Paso Horses and the Marinera dance.

Day 5: Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas

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Machu Picchu

Leave by train to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The train ride will take you to this incredible ancient site, where terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts, and urban areas will transport you back in time. After Machu Picchu travel to Cusco and the X.O Art House hotel where you will spend two nights, where your bags will already be waiting for you.

Day 6: Cusco

Beautiful Cusco

Cusco from above

Today visit Sacsayhuamán, an impressive ceremonial fortress surrounded by beautiful landscapes in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Then, explore the Inca shrine of Qenqo, an ancient temple associated with sacrifices. Next, visit the Puca Pucará watchtower and Tambomachay, an architectural marvel and a significant part of the Andean worldview.

During an exclusive city tour, explore the artistic district of San Blas—a fascinating blend of Inca and Spanish culture. Also visit notable places like Plazoleta Nazarenas, the Cathedral with its colonial treasures, and the Koricancha, known as the Golden Temple for its lavishness.

Day 7: Tipon

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Tipon

Visit the royal precincts and gardens of Tipon, a testament to the Incas' skillful water engineering. Witness fountains and canals that continue to carry water from underground channels. The area is still revered, and ancient water-related rituals are performed here. On to the archaeological site of Pikillacta, a pre-Inca citadel with a variety of architectural structures. Finally, visit Andahuaylillas Chapel, known as the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes" due to its wall paintings and gold leaf decorations.

Day 8: Cusco - Puno, Lake Titicaca

Peru Rail

Train from Cusco - Puno

Take the scenic Andean Explorer daytime train across the vast altiplano to the lakeside town of Puno, the folkloric capital of Peru overlooking Lake Titicaca. Stay at the GHL Lago Titicaca Hotel where you will spend two nights with breathtaking lake views.

Day 9: Sillustani: Pre-Incan Tombs

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Sillustani, Bolivia

The day begins with a visit to Sillustani, the pre-Inca cemetery of the Hatun Colla chiefs, located on the shores of Lake Umayo. The funerary towers or Chullpas, reaching up to six metres in height, are a sight to behold. Explore the surprises that Lampa has in store for us, including the beautiful Temple of Santiago Apóstol, unique replicas of Michelangelo's Pieta, and a stroll through the town's charming streets, mansions, and municipality.

Day 10: Puno - Bolivian Lake Titicaca

Peru Titicaca Floating Island

Lake Titicaca

Journey by bus from your hotel to the picturesque village and harbour of Copacabana. There, visit the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin, as well as the local market. Our hydrofoil cruise will then take us to Moon Island, to visit the Sun Virgins Temple, an important sacred place on Lake Titicaca. Continue to the Sun Island, explore the Inca "Grand Stairs" and the Sacred Fountain of eternal youth and happiness. Finally, cruise to Cocotoni Bay and take a short overland drive to Huatajata. From there, journey from Huatajata to your hotel Casa Grande in La Paz where you will spend three nights.

Day 11: Tiwanaku, Cradle of the Inca Empire

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La Paz

In the morning, visit the pre-Inca civilization of Tiwanaku, known as the cradle of the Inca Empire. Here, marvel at the remains of the Kalasasaya temple, monoliths, and the Sun Gate—magnificent stone structures with intricate reliefs and figures, showcasing their splendid grandeur.

In the afternoon, explore the indigenous, colonial, and modern areas of La Paz, including the Indian Market, Witches Market, and breathtaking panoramas framed by the majestic Illimani mountain. We'll also visit the Moon Valley, a lunar like landscape resembling the face of the Moon.

Day 12: La Paz - Salar de Uyuni

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Salt Flats, Uyuni

Today, transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Santa Cruz. Upon arrival, staying at Luna Salada, kick off a fabulous excursion to the Uyuni salt flats and Incahuasi Island. Spanning an astonishing 12,000 square kilometres, the Uyuni salt flats create a surreal landscape where the sky and land seemingly merge, playing with your sense of perspective and imagination.

Day 13: La Paz at Your Pace

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La Paz

Today, you'll have the morning at your leisure to further enjoy the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. Later, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to La Paz, the rest of the day is yours to explore and relax.

Day 14: Departure from Bolivia

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Market in La Paz

After breakfast, you have the morning to do any last-minute souvenir shopping in La Paz! As your extraordinary journey comes to an end, transfer to the international airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 15: Arrive home

As you land back in the UK, reminisce about all the incredible experiences you've had across Peru and Bolivia and start planning your next amazing adventure.


Duration: 14 nights

Location: Peru Holidays, South America Holidays

Price: £4795pp

From £4,795pp based on two people sharing excluding international flights to Lima / from La Paz. The flight from Lima - Cusco is included.

This trip includes:

  • 2 nights at Villa Barranco - Dluxe room with breakfast
  • 2 nights at Andenia Hotel - Superior room with breakfast
  • 3 nights at X.O Art House - Superior room with breakfast
  • 2 nights at GHL Lago Titicaca - Junior Suite with breakfast
  • 3 nights at Casa Grande - Executive room with breakfast
  • 1 night at Luna Salada - Standard room with breakfast and dinner included.

Includes internal flights and transfers.

Transfers, visits and excursions mentioned on the program are based on private services, including English-speaking local guides, except for:

  • The train and bus round trip to Machu Picchu
  • The Bus transfer from Puno
  • The cruise on Lake Titicaca
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When to go to Peru

Peru is a country that can be visited year-round, as it has a diverse climate and a range of activities to suit every season. Here's a short month-by-month guide to help you decide when to visit:

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January

January is a great time to visit the coastal regions of Peru, including Lima, Paracas, and Mancora. The weather is warm and sunny along the coast, making it perfect for beach activities and water sports.

Coastal Areas (Lima, Paracas, Nazca): Warm and humid with temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F).

Highlands (Cusco, Machu Picchu): Rainy season, so expect occasional showers and some trekking routes may be closed.

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February

In February, you can experience the vibrant Carnival celebrations in various cities like Cajamarca and Puno. The festivities feature colorful parades, music, and dancing, offering a unique cultural experience.

Coastal Areas: Remains warm and humid with temperatures similar to January.

Highlands: Still the rainy season, but rainfall starts to decrease towards the end of the month. Some trekking routes may be accessible again.

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March

March is an excellent time for outdoor activities in the Andes as the rainy season starts to wind down. It's a good month for trekking and exploring the natural beauty of the mountains.

Coastal Areas: The weather remains warm, but humidity starts to decrease.

Highlands: The rainy season is ending, and the landscape is lush and green.

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April

It's an ideal time to visit the jungle regions, where you can witness lush vegetation and a variety of wildlife.

Coastal Areas: Autumn sets in, temperatures begin to drop, and fog becomes more common in Lima.

Highlands: The start of the dry season, making it an excellent time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu.

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May

May is a shoulder season with generally mild weather and fewer tourists. It's a good time to explore popular destinations like Machu Picchu and Cusco before the peak tourist season begins.

Coastal Areas: Foggy mornings in Lima, but the sun usually breaks through later in the day.

Highlands: The dry season continues, with pleasant and sunny days.

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June

June is an excellent month to visit Cusco and attend the Inti Raymi festival, which celebrates the Incan sun god Inti. This festival features colourful processions and ancient rituals, adding to the cultural richness of the experience.

Coastal Areas: Cool temperatures in Lima due to the influence of the cold Humboldt Current.

Highlands: One of the best months to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, with minimal rainfall and comfortable temperatures during the day.

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July

July is the peak tourist season in Peru, especially around Independence Day (July 28th). It's a great time to visit all regions of the country, including the coast, mountains, and rainforest.

Coastal Areas: Lima's winter, cool and misty.

Highlands: Dry season continues, but July also marks the beginning of the high tourist season. Plan ahead and expect crowds

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August

August is a good time to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but make sure to book in advance, as permits can sell out quickly during this popular time of year.

Coastal Areas: Similar to July, cool and misty in Lima.

Highlands: High tourist season continues. It's essential to book treks and accommodations in advance.

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September

September is a transition month when the crowds start to thin out, and the weather remains pleasant in most regions. It's a good time for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Coastal Areas: Springtime starts, and temperatures begin to rise in Lima.

Highlands: Crowds start to thin out, but the weather remains favourable.

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October

October is another shoulder season with fewer tourists. The weather is still favourable, making it an ideal time for exploring different parts of the country.

Coastal Areas: Pleasant spring weather in Lima.

Highlands: The dry season continues, and this month is still a good time to visit.

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November

November marks the beginning of the rainy season on the coast, so it's best to focus on the Andes and the Amazon during this month.

Coastal Areas: Springtime in Lima, with warmer temperatures.

Highlands: The dry season ends, and the rainy season begins, so expect occasional showers.

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December

It is festive time in Peru, with various Christmas and New Year celebrations taking place throughout the country. Coastal regions are popular for holiday getaways, with warm weather and beach activities.

Coastal Areas: Warm and comfortable temperatures in Lima, ideal for beach activities.

Highlands: The rainy season continues, but it's still possible to visit. Just be prepared for wet conditions.

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