Explore Peru & Bolivia Itinerary

Visit South America and travel to Peru and Bolivia. Travel from Lima to La Paz, visit Cuzco, explore the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu and visit Lake Titicaca and La Paz.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Explore Peru & Bolivia.
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Day 1 Lima

Arrive in Peru's sprawling capital, 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 the free time to sample some local culinary 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 where macaws, monkeys, peccaries, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies all coexist. Learn about the medicinal properties and practical uses of native plants from a local guide on a nature walk.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 2

Day 4 Cuzco

If Lima is Peru's head, Cuzco is definitely the country's heart and soul. A town perfectly suited to exploration by foot, discover the central plaza's ornate colonial churches and then head for the impressive Inca ruins dotting the city's outskirts.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 5 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Travel by private bus through the lush terraces of the Sacred Valley, stopping en route at a local village to gain insight into traditional Inca culture. Meet friendly locals on a community visit before spending the night in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo - one of few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 6-9 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu

Accompanied by porters, cooks and a local guide, embark on a four-day trek along the iconic Inca Trail. Take in the astounding panoramas on offer along the high plateaux, hike through dense forests and stop to observe the crumbling ruins of ancient villages and temples. After all that hard work, take some time to explore awe-inspiring Machu Picchu - an unforgettable sight worthy of much memory stick space.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 10 Cuzco

Get reacquainted with Cuzco browsing the food stalls of the central market, picking up some colourful woollen garments or soaking up the atmosphere in one of the town's many quaint cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 11-13 Puno/Lake Titicaca

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

Days 14-15 La Paz

Acclimatise to the clear mountain air of lofty La Paz – one of the world's highest cities – exploring the myriad alleys and street stalls of this sprawling crater turned city. If the undulating laneways and local hustle and bustle get too much, why not hop on a local bus and make for the surreal solitude of the Valle de la Luna's rocky landscapes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 16-19 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Travel by private vehicle to the town of Uyuni. Spend the following few days exploring the surreal natural landscapes - horizonless salt plains, red algae lakes and soaring glacial peaks - that render this one of the most astonishing sights on the continent.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 1, Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

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 experience. Alternatively, stay above ground and peruse the wealth of colonial art and architecture in Potosi.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 22-23 Sucre

Travel to Sucre and wander amid the whitewashed colonial buildings and quaint city plazas of Bolivia's capital. Adrenaline junkies can take to the surrounding peaks for some excellent mountain biking options or perhaps give hang gliding a shot.
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 the city at the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches' Market) – a place brimming with unusual trinkets and 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 rehash favourite memories of the trip.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1