Visit South America and travel through Peru and Bolivia's highlights.

Travel from Lima to La Paz and explore the best of Peru and Bolivia on this adventure through ancient ruins, breathtaking scenery and colourful market towns. From the mysterious Inca ruins of the highlands and the lush jungles and exotic wildlife of the Amazon to the vast expanses of Lake Titicaca and the Salar de Uyuni, discover the highlights of this fascinating part of South America.

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

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
La Paz, Bolivia
Countries
Bolivia,
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGSUC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
769kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Venture into the Amazon Jungle
  • Discover colonial Cuzco
  • Explore the sights of the Sacred Valley
  • See the sun rise over Machu Picchu
  • Experience the bustling markets of La Paz
  • Visit the heart of Bolivia in whitewashed Sucre
  • Discover underground history in Potosi
  • 4x4 through the surreal landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni

Itinerary

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.
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 native plants from a local guide.
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.
Travel by private bus through the lush terraces of the Sacred Valley, stopping en route at a local village to gain an insight into traditional Inca culture. Meet friendly locals on a community visit before spending the night in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo – one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
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.
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.
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 to the incredible floating Uros Islands, constructed entirely from reeds, and sail to Taquile Island, where the community's men craft handmade woolens. Make new friends and enjoy local hospitality on a family homestay.
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.
Explore the strange and stunning landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni by 4x4. Infinite blue skies meet endless white salt on what was once a prehistoric lake, making for plenty of fun and fantastical photo opportunities. Continue on to Laguna Colorado – a shallow salt lake of magnificent red hues dotted by bright pink flamingos.
Learn about the bleak past of what was once the world's richest city on an optional excursion into a mine – a fascinating experience.
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.
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 share memories of the trip.
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Inclusions

Meals
18 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
4x4, Boat, Bus, Canoe, Plane
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Dormitory (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (12 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • 4d/3n Inca Trail (or Quarry Trail)
  • Coca Museum
  • Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay
  • Uyuni Salt Flats tour

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

For information about altitude sickness click here


Important notes

Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you.

If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead.

The 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 Inca Quarry Trail.

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 information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available:

Days 2-3 Amazon Jungle

The excursion to Uyuni salt lake is on shared basis and your group size may be larger than12 travellers.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Explore Peru & Bolivia trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Explore Peru & Bolivia , June 2015

Explore Peru & Bolivia , January 2015