Ancient cultures and vibrant communities from Amazon to Andes
Immerse yourself in the myriad cultures of Bolivia and Peru on this 28-day Lonely Planet Experience, powered by Intrepid. Including a bucket-list trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this itinerary is designed to introduce you to the ancient civilisations, thriving contemporary communities and indigenous ways of life that exist across this slice of South America. Stay in a jungle lodge and learn from locals about life in the Amazon. Sink your teeth into fresh empanadas in Cusco. Listen to Peruvian folk music in a pena in Chivay. With local leaders, a small group of like-minded travellers and your own sense of adventure, this journey is the perfect way to discover Peru and Bolivia.
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Take a guided hike through the Amazon Rainforest and sample fresh fruit, tree worms and chocolate made from scratch in an indigenous farming community.
See the enigmatic Nazca Lines, giant images etched into the desert that experts believe are more than 2000 years old.
Choose to trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route to reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.
Watch the morning routine of the predatory Andean condor – the world’s largest flying bird – as they dive and glide in the dramatic depths of Colca Canyon.
Tour the floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca and learn about their ingenious design and life on the water during a homestay in an Uros community.
This trip involves a lot of travel on local transport. Conditions can be basic, but it’s also a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals and enjoy the incredible scenery of South America. Please read the itinerary for travel time estimates.
Sometimes you’ve got to rough it to get amongst it. This tour involves nights spent in very basic group accommodation with shared facilities, especially along the Inca Trail, in the Amazon and on Lake Titicaca.
This tour will expose you to a mixture of hot and cold climates, so it’s essential to pack accordingly and bring layers. Due to the high altitude in many places, the sun is unusually strong and it’s easy to get burnt. It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection and always drink plenty of water.
You can choose between trail and train options to reach Machu Picchu, but the rest of this trip involves a lot of hiking and walking and requires a moderate level of fitness. See the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for detail on the kind of gear you will require.
Recently, Peruvian authorities released a new list of regulations that visitors to Machu Picchu must follow. The main changes that impact this tour are:
1. There is now a time limit on visits to the site itself. Morning visitors must exit the site by 12 pm and afternoon visitors by 4.30 pm.
2. Visitors must complete a designated circuit that flows in one direction only. Exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted and, upon completion, visitors must exit the site.
While we understand many travellers enjoy being able to explore independently, Intrepid supports these regulations as they help preserve this invaluable archaeological site. We’ll everything we can to make sure you have the best possible experience at the site.
3. A single supplement is available on this trip, subject to availability. Please contact an Intrepid booking agent if you would like to book this. Please note the single supplement excludes Day 25 at the homestay in Puno, where you will be in multishare accommodation.
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