Travel to Peru and Bolivia as you head deep into the Andes to the mountain-top capital of Bolivia, La Paz. Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the depths of the Colca Canyon and experience the island cultures of Lake Titicaca on a homestay. Discover the diverse scenery of Peru and Bolivia on this exciting overland journey and get a glimpse of the homeland of the Incas.

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
GGSO
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
570kg pp per trip

Travel to Peru and discover the ancient civilisation of the Incas


Highlights

  • Learn about Nazca's ancient mummies
  • Search out Andean condors
  • Hike the Colca Canyon
  • Visit the coca museum in Cuzco
  • Visit a local community in the Sacred Valley
  • Trek the Inca Trail to ancient Machu Picchu
  • Cruise around Lake Titicaca's floating islands
  • Experience traditional life at a homestay
  • Hit the many markets of La Paz

Itinerary

Get to know the vibrant capital of Peru, Lima, starting with the bustling Miraflores district. Check out Parque del Amor (Love Park) for a sizzling view of Lima's coast.
Explore downtown Lima before heading to the port town of Pisco on a local bus. Stroll along the main plaza then relax in a cafe and watch the world go by.
Start the day with an optional boat tour to the Ballestas Islands - a nature reserve for pelicans, flamingos and sea lions. Visit the oasis of Huacachina before continuing to Nazca to learn about ancient mummies perfectly preserved by the dry conditions.
Welcome to the dazzling 'White City' of Arequipa, a charming place packed with colonial churches, mansions and monasteries.
Enjoy expansive views - and possibly an Andean condor sighting - at Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.
Inca-built walls line the central streets of fascinating Cuzco. Choose to explore markets, cathedrals, ruins and fortresses before a visit to a coca shop for some tea.
Meet members of a Sacred Valley community then spot llamas en route to the Ollantaytambo ruins, one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
Trek the demanding, but incredibly rewarding, Inca Trail, part of a series of ancient highways that linked the Inca Empire from Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. Seeing the ruins of Machu Picchu for the first time is indescribable.
Optional mountain biking and hiking options abound - or just rest those trek-weary legs at a cafe around Plaza de Armas.
Travel through the dramatic scenery of the high Altiplano to Puno, Lake Titicaca's waterside city.
Set sail for Lake Titicaca's isolated Uros floating islands, built from layers of totora reeds that grow in the shallows. Stay with a local family on the lake and enjoy a trek and a game of soccer or volleyball on a local island.
Cross the border into beautiful Bolivia and end the adventure with a wander through the streets of market-filled La Paz.
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Inclusions

Meals
19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Minibus, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (16 nights)
Included activites
  • (Don't use) Chauchilla Cemetery
  • 4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Andean condor viewpoint
  • Coca Museum
  • La Calera hot springs
  • Lake Titicaca boat tour and homestay
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Sacred Valley and local community visit

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

For information about altitude sickness click here


Notes

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

Days 17-18 Lake Titicaca

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 <a href="incatrail"> Inca Quarry Trail </a> 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 <a href="incatrail"> Inca Quarry Trail.</a>

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 <a href="inca-advisory.php"> Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.</a>

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