Itinerary

There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View later Explore Peru & Bolivia.

Day 1 Lima

Arrive in the capital of Peru, Lima, and unravel its fascinating history on a walking tour around the city's major sights. The vibrant suburb of Miraflores is full of cafes, bars and restaurants so why not use free time to sample local gastronomic delights.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Amazon Jungle

Fly to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and travel by canoe into the dense Amazon Jungle. Macaws, monkeys, peccaries, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies all coexist in this amazing ecosystem. Learn about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants from a local guide.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 2

Day 4 Cuzco

The heart and soul of Peru is definitely beating in Cuzco, a great town to explore on foot. Discover colonial churches and cathedrals as well as impressive Inca ruins dotted around the city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 5 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Travel by private bus through this lush, terraced valley on the outskirts of Cuzco, stopping at a village to gain insight into both modern and ancient Peru. Meet friendly locals on a community visit before spending the night in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo - one of the few places the Incas defeated the Spanish.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 6-9 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu

Embark on a four-day trek along the iconic Inca Trail, accompanied by porters, cooks and a local guide. Take in the sights and sounds of this ancient route, hiking across high plateaus and through dense forests, stopping to observe the ruins of villages and temples along the way. After all that hard work, take the time to explore stunning Machu Picchu - an unforgettable sight worthy of many photos.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 10 Cuzco

Get reacquainted with Cuzco. Browse the food stalls of the bustling central market, pick up some colourful woollen garments or enjoy a more relaxed pace in one of the many cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 11-13 Puno/Lake Titicaca

On the border of Bolivia and Peru, Puno and mystical Lake Titicaca are nestled 3,800m above sea level, making Lake Titicaca the world's highest navigable lake. Cruise to the incredible floating Uros Islands, constructed entirely from reeds. Sail to Taquile Island where the handmade woollens are strictly crafted by men. Make new friends and enjoy local hospitality on a family homestay.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 14-16 La Paz

Acclimatise to the heights of La Paz by exploring the alleys and markets of this bustling city. Hop on a local bus to view the surreal rocky landscapes of the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 17-19 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Explore the strange and stunning landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni by 4x4, where infinite blue skies meet endless white salt on what was once a prehistoric lake. Discover Bolivia's vivid lakes and geysers and spot cute and quirky llamas and sociable flamingos along the way. Take advantage of the fun photo opportunities that this memorable area is famous for.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 20-21 Potosi

Learn about the bleak past of what was once the world's richest city. Take the opportunity to head underground into the depths of a tin mine - a challenging yet rewarding option. Alternatively, stay above ground and peruse the wealth of colonial art and architecture available in Potosi.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 22-23 Sucre

Travel to Sucre and spend time wandering amid whitewashed colonial buildings in Bolivia's capital. For a rush of adrenalin, try an optional dose of mountain biking or hang gliding in this region famed for adventure sports.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 24-25 La Paz

Return to La Paz by plane. Use free time to get to know a different side of this city at the Witches' Market, a place full of unusual trinkets and a host of curious sights. Locals visit here for herbs, folk remedies and fortune-telling services; keep an eye out for yatiri (witch doctors) who circulate throughout the market. Opt to finish the trip with a farewell group dinner, a great opportunity to say goodbye to new friends and share memories of the trip.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1