Be romanced by the magical Inca lands between Bolivia and Peru

Journey through the Andes on this Overland adventure into ancient Inca heartlands. Unlock the secrets of the many mystic sights as you explore the isolated islands dotting Lake Titicaca, hike along historic Inca pathways, marvel at 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 real South American gems.

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

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


Highlights

  • Climb through the twisting streets of La Paz
  • Discover the wild beauty of the Island of the Sun
  • Set sail on sprawling Lake Titicaca
  • Admire the beauty and mystery of crumbling Machu Picchu
  • Trek along the scenic steps of the Incas
  • Learn local song and dance at a Peruvian village homestay
  • Spot huge condors flying above the Colca Canyon
  • Visit the ancient funerary towers at the Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Uncover the mystery of the gigantic Nazca Lines
  • Spot wildlife on the Ballestas Islands

Itinerary

Arrive in La Paz where this South American odyssey begins. Ramble through the twisting 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'.
Relax on the shores of the great lake in the layback town of Copacabana, the ideal spot to grab a drink and people watch from a local cafe.
Cruise Lake Titicaca and visit the residents of the Uros Islands - floating towns made entirely of reeds.
Take time to acclimatise to the soaring 3,400m altitude in scenic Cuzco. Wander the ancient cobblestone streets and peruse Spanish-colonial architecture built atop sturdy Inca stone foundations. Discover Cuzco's wealth of ruins or grab a coffee from a San Blas cafe and just chill out.
Trek through the hidden heart of the Andes following the footsteps of the Incas, high into the Cordillera Urubamba mountains. Camp beside waterfalls, traverse dramatic passes, meet friendly villagers and finish beside the Ollantaytambo Inca fortress in the Sacred Valley. There is also the option to trek the classic Inca Trail route.
Spend a memorable day among the ruins of Machu Picchu. Hike up to the Sun Gate for sweeping views over the entire complex or brave the steep climb to the top of Huayna Picchu for a breathtaking vista of the ruins resting on the steep mountain below. Back in Cuzco, relax in a cafe and rest tired legs.
Explore Cuzco and wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer here including horse riding and whitewater rafting.
Meet a local family during a homestay in quaint Raqchi. Spend a memorable evening huddled around the fire learning traditional songs and dances from newfound friends.
Travel through arid terrain where llamas, alpacas and wild vicunas graze beneath imposing snow-capped volcanoes. Gaze into the depths of Colca Canyon and perhaps spot the graceful Andean condor resting on warm air currents high above the canyon floor.
Visit Peru's glittering 'White City' Arequipa and take the opportunity to wander around the Santa Catalina Monastery, exploring the maze-like architecture and peaceful courtyards of this huge colonial convent.
Visit Chauchilla Cemetery, a collection of tombs and skeletons of the Nazca people - some dating from 1,000 AD. Camp overnight in Puerto Inca.
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.
Discover Paracas. Spanning 335,000ha, 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.
Head out on a boat to discover the weird and wonderful wildlife residing in the Ballestas Islands. Get acquainted with Lima, Peru's modern capital, by exploring its busy centre or perhaps gain an insight into the country's colourful history at the Museo de la Nacion. Why not celebrate the end of this great adventure with a meal in cosmopolitan Miraflores.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Overland vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (14 nights)
Included activities
  • Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
  • Ballestas Islands boat trip
  • Chauchilla cemetery
  • Colca Canyon Tour
  • Cuzco Visitor Ticket
  • 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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Important 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.

Trip notes

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