Be romanced by the magical Inca lands between Bolivia and Peru

Travel through the awesome Andes on this Overland adventure. Unlock the secrets of many mystical sights as you explore the isolated islands dotting Lake Titicaca. Hike along the historic Inca Trail, be amazed by the Nazca Lines, ramble over the ruins of Machu Picchu and explore the streets of Cuzco. From the breathtaking highs of La Paz to the colonial sights of Lima, journey through Bolivia and Peru and discover two South American gems.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
La Paz, Bolivia
Countries
Bolivia,
Peru
Themes
Overland
Code
GDOKC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
635kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Spot wildlife on the Ballestas Islands
  • Uncover the mystery of the enormous Nazca Lines
  • Admire the beauty and mystery of crumbling Machu Picchu
  • Complete the iconic Inca Trail trek
  • Learn local song and dance at a Peruvian village homestay
  • Spy huge condors sailing high above Colca Canyon
  • Visit the ancient funerary towers at the Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Climb through the twisting streets of La Paz
  • Discover the wild beauty of the Island of the Sun
  • Cruise the reed islands of Lake Titicaca

Itinerary

Get acquainted with Lima, Peru's modern capital. Explore its busy centre or perhaps gain an insight into the country's colourful history at the Museo de la Nacion. Why not celebrate the start of this great adventure with a meal in cosmopolitan Miraflores.
Discover Paracas. Spanning 335,000 ha, it's considered to be one of the world's most important marine reserves. Watch sea lions and dolphins playing off the coast and spy the plentiful birdlife Paracas is famous for.
The adventure continues to another popular attraction in Peru, the mysterious Nazca Lines. Take a tour to learn some of the legends of this mysterious region. Perhaps take an optional flight over the etched formations to get a real sense of their scale and intricacy.
Visit Chauchilla Cemetery, a collection of tombs and skeletons of the Nazca people - some dating from 1,000 AD. Camp overnight in Puerto Inca.
Visit Peru's glittering 'White City', Arequipa, and take the opportunity to wander around the Santa Catalina Monastery, exploring the mazelike architecture and peaceful courtyards of this huge colonial convent.
Travel through arid terrain where llamas, alpacas and wild vicunas graze beneath imposing snow-capped volcanoes. Gaze into the depths of the Colca Canyon and perhaps spot the graceful Andean condor resting on warm air currents high above the canyon floor.
Meet a local family during a homestay in quaint Raqchi. Spend a memorable evening huddled around the fire learning traditional Peruvian songs and dances from newfound friends.
Accompanied by a local guide, visit the Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins, then travel to Cuzco to acclimatise and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city.
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on an alternate Inca trail trek through the Andes. Go trekking through the snow-capped Cordillera Urubamba mountains, along winding mountain paths, past herds of grazing llamas. Meet local Quechua communities during the four-day hike before descending into the Sacred Valley to explore the massive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
Rise early to discover the ruins of Machu Picchu bathed in the golden morning light. Spend a memorable day in the 'lost Inca city', perhaps hiking to the Sun Gate to enjoy the stunning view. For those wishing to unwind post-trek, seek out bustling markets and cosmopolitan Cuzco cafes.
Journey to Puno and explore Sillustani's ancient funerary towers and museum with a local guide.
Cruise Lake Titicaca and visit the Uros Islands - floating towns made entirely of reeds. Farewell Peru and travel into Bolivia. From Copacabana, take a boat trip to Isla del Sol, a historic island known as the birthplace of the Inca civilisation.
Arrive in La Paz where this South American adventure wraps up. Meander along the winding, narrow streets, visiting the many markets dotted throughout this soaring Andean city. For those after the ultimate adrenaline rush, why not join a daring mountain biking adventure on the 'world's most dangerous road'.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Overland vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (7 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (13 nights)
Included activites
  • Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
  • Ballestas Island tour
  • Chauchilla cemetery
  • Colca Canyon Tour
  • Isla del Sol boat trip
  • Paracas National Park
  • Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins
  • Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo
  • Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca

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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

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Notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
3. You need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or the http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf">; Quechua Community Trek at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf">; Quechua Community Trek will be confirmed automatically.

Classic Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Classic Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you will be booked on the http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf">; Quechua Community Trek instead.

The Classic Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf">; Quechua Community Trek .

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

Important notes

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