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 Inca Trail Permits. View permit availability here.


Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
La Paz, Bolivia
Destinations
Bolivia, Peru
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
GGSUC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Wander along jungle trails on the lookout for monkeys, parrots, otters and caymans, and sleep in a nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps

  • Marvel at the mother of all Incan cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own

  • The floating reed islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are a marvel of concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the world's highest navigable lake and stay with a local family there

  • See the many different sides to Bolivia in La Paz and let the city’s weird and wacky Witches Market cast a spell over you

  • Discover the heart of Bolivia in the elegant colonial architecture and immaculately landscaped gardens of historical Sucre

  • Empty, haunting and spectacular, the laws of earthly physics bend on the surreal Salar de Uyuni saltpan – experience it on a three-day 4WD adventure across the rocky Atacama Desert

Is this trip right for you?

  • - This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this

  • - There's a lot of walking involved, and if you do the Inca trail the hiking can be strenuous. This trip is recommended for those with a moderate level of fitness; however, there are also a few different trail options to suit different interests and physical capabilities.

  • - Those who walk the Inca Trail will be camping with basic facilities. It's not exactly the Hilton, but the rewards of the trek are many!

  • - The Amazon jungle can be very hot and humid, so it's important to drink plenty of water and wear light cotton clothing. Be sure to bring tropical-strength insect repellant.

  • - You'll be spending a lot of time in a 4WD crossing some bumpy surfaces. This is the best way to see the sights in and around Uyuni, and is all part of the adventure.

  • - In Bolivia (especially in Uyuni), sometimes things don't go to plan. For example, an attraction may be closed for the day with no notice or reason. Although this doesn't happen very often, please be prepared for the possibility.

  • - Making your way across the Andean Desert and salt flats isn’t exactly luxurious. Temperatures in the area can be very cold, especially at night, so bring warm clothes with you. Meals are simple, toilet facilities are basic, showers can be cold and the multi-share accommodation is dormitory-style. This is all part of the adventure. Without a doubt, this amazing experience will be one of the highlights of your trip to South America.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. Straight after the meeting we'll take public transport to Lima downtown to enjoy a walking tour of the city's historical centre. Flanked by streets of ornate colonial mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima.
Included Activities
  • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Lima - Museum of the Inquisition visit - Free
  • Lima - Archaeological Museum - PEN15
  • Lima Home Cooked - Urban Adventures - USD74
  • Lima Coast Biking Tour - Urban Adventures - USD45
  • Lima Discovery - Urban Adventures - USD34
  • Lima - Night Bites & Sights - Urban Adventures - USD45
  • Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs - PEN20
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Notes: This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.
Take an early morning transfer to Lima airport for a flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Jungle, where you'll be staying for two nights. The flight should take around three hours, including a 30-45 minute stop in Cusco (during this stop you will not disembark the plane). Upon your arrival at around midday, the lodge staff will take you to their office in town. The friendly locals at the jungle lodge office will give you a small bag to pack your essentials and lock the rest of your gear up, and from there you’ll take a private vehicle to port. A motorised canoe ride upriver delivers you to your jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area. The ride will take a few hours and is a fantastic introduction to the verdant Amazon Basin.
Included Activities
  • Amazon Jungle - Jungle activities
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Traipse through to mud and look for bright macaws, swinging monkeys and colourful butterflies during a half-day trek through the jungle. There will be regular stops, where you can breathe deep of the humid, floral air and learn about the medicinal and practical use of the flora and fauna around you. Return to the lodge for a late lunch and take a break before venturing out in the evening to experience the nocturnal sights and sounds of the jungle.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After an early start you’ll take a super quick flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, the true heart and soul of Peru. Spend a little time acclimatising to the high altitude (3,399 m) and then wander between Spanish colonial architecture and Inca ruins in an orientation walk with your leader. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, where baroque architectural cover-up job has been excavated to reveal four original chambers from the Inca temple and colourful San Pedro market, amoung many other sites. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted by the tour of the Chocolate museum, where you can touch--and more importantly tatse—traditional Peruvian treats.
Included Activities
  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
When you arrive in Ollantaytambo you'll see why this magnificent example of urban planning was the location of the only Inca victory over the Spanish. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below. Then, visit Hearts Cafe for a bite to eat. It's part of a project supported by the Intrepid Foundation, the coffee is excellent and a portion of proceeds go towards helping women and children who live in the area.
Included Activities
  • Sacred Valley - Local community visit and lunch
Optional Activities
  • Ollantaytambo - Archeological site - PEN70
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
During the next four days, you'll do one of the following, depending on what you've arranged:

Route 1: Hike the Classic Inca Trail;
Route 2: Hike the Inca Quarry Trail;
Route 3: Take the train to Aguas Calientes, after staying in Cusco for two extra days.

While away from Cusco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. If you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Inca Quarry Trail, the evening before you leave Cusco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days. Remember, pack smart, you’re allowed up to 5 kg. Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail, meaning you can focus on the scenery and putting one foot in front of the other. Please note that you won't have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. If you’re travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, you'll be able to leave most of your luggage at the hotel in Cusco and only travel with the necessary items during the excursion by train.

Route 1: Classic Inca Trail
Travel by minivan to the 82 km marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite (located 3,100 m above sea level). On the way you’ll return to Ollantaytambo and then see the elegant curves of the Huillca Raccay and Llactapata ruins. Catch incredible views of the snow-capped Veronica Peak and, the same vista that would have greeted the Inca people eons ago. In the evening, unwind at the campsite with a nourishing meal.

Route 2: Inca Quarry trail
Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq'a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the protected valley of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, where you take photos of the precipitous falls and have a bite. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime, from there you can explore the Q'orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint.

Route 3: Train
After spending the night in Ollantaytambo, leave around 9.30 am and take a short drive to the town of Pisac, which is well known for its rainbow-hued market. You’ll have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and perhaps try some local Empanadas. Arrive back in Cusco in the afternoon, where your leader will take you to the San Pedro Market in order to stock up on fresh produce for tomorrow’s picnic.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Notes: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 km long and often steep. Each day's journey generally consists of 7 hours of walking (uphill and downhill) with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and inflatable camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

Notes: The Inca Quarry trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 km long in total and its highest pass is at 4,450 meters above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping, and on the third night you'll stay at a simple hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and inflatable camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents
Route 1: Classic Inca Trail
This is the most challenging day of the trek as you spend around 5 hours ascending a long, steep path to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as 'Dead Woman's Pass', Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4,200 metres above sea level, giving amazing views of the valley below. The effort and exhaustion you’ll likely feel will be nothing compared to the elation you’ll experience when surveying the land from this lofty perch. You’ll then descend to tonight’s camp, located in the Pacaymayo Valley, at 3,650 metres.

Route 2: Inca Quarry trail
This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes you to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 m high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, you’ll walk just a little further before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. This point is even higher than well-known ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, and you’ll get to stop and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment before the descent to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate). Pass through this crumbling doorway to the former kingdom and enjoy views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo.

Route 3: Train
Today, take a taxi to the ancient waterways of Tambomachay. From here you’ll take a short downhill walk (1-3 hours) back to Cusco. On the way, stop to admire the terraces of Puka Pukara, spiritual site Qinqu Quenqo and the towering stones of Saksaywaman. Arrive back in Cusco for a free afternoon. You’ll have worked up quite an appetite today, so perhaps you’d like to try a chiriuchu—a multi-faceted dish containing cuy (guinea pig), cold chicken, fish eggs, cheese, seaweed and corn.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Route 1: Classic Inca Trail
Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3,980 m), where you’ll feel like the views of snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba are yours alone. Make a two to three hour descent to the ruins of Sayacmarca and then continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the striking arrow-head shaped ruins also known as the 'Town Above the Clouds'. Start the descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.

Route 2: Inca Quarry trail
The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata Inca Quarry trail, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, your trek comes to an end. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn't hike. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

Route 3: Train
After a one-and-a-half hour drive to Ollantaytambo, catch a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. The city is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those who want a sneak peak, there is time to visit Machu Picchu independently before a guided tour the following day (dependent on ticket availability).
Included Activities
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and Guided Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Route 1: Classic Inca Trail
This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trek to Machu Picchu. The day starts before dawn, with breakfast at 4:30 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and begin hiking by 5:30 am. Walk to Intipunku, aka the Sun Gate). Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over Machu Picchu, ‘Lost City of the Incas’, and one of the great wonders of the world.

Route 2: Inca Quarry trail
Depending on weather conditions, a bus will pick you up at dawn and ferry you up the winding road to Machu Picchu. Once you arrive, join up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail and swap stories. If the skies are clear, enjoy spectacular views over the ancient city from the Sun Gate before going on a guided walk around the ruins.

Route 3: Train
Take an early bus up to Machu Picchu at 5:30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cusco.

Visiting Machu Picchu:
According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

All routes: After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cusco for a well-deserved shower and a Pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Due to Intrepid's internal safety policy, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.
Enjoy free time to relax, shop and explore more of Cusco's sights. Perhaps rest your weary legs at a cafe on Plaza de Armas or head to the San Pedro Market. It’s a great place to purchase some souvenirs. The market is also a place where many locals go to eat ‘mystery soups’. Some may be just chicken; however, the most popular amongst the locals are usually the more unusual ones like frog soups or soups that contains nose to tail of various animals. For those who can't get enough active adventure, why not try mountain biking in the hills that surround Cusco?
Optional Activities
  • Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cusco (Transport & guides are not included) - PEN135
  • Cusco - City tour - USD15
  • Cusco - Half Tourist Ticket Pass, which gives you access to selected archaeological sites in/around Cusco (transport & guides are not included) - PEN75
  • Cusco - Coricancha Temple entrance fee - PEN15
  • Cusco - Cathedral Entrance Fee - PEN25
  • Sacred Valley - Via Ferrata & Zipline - PEN265
  • Sacred Valley - Mountain Biking - USD120
  • Cusco - Pisco Making - Urban Adventures - USD36
  • Cusco - Stand Up Paddle Boarding - USD75
  • Cusco - Art Trail workshop - USD59
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by local bus through the dramatic scenery of the high altiplano to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You'll be at an altitude of 3,820 metres, which by now you’ll be used to! Take in glorious views of the seemingly endless water stretching into the horizon. This place is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture and traditional Andean customs, and it wears its traditions on its sleeve. If you're lucky your trip will coincide with one of the many cultural festivals here.
Optional Activities
  • Puno - Sillustani archaeological site - USD10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Embark on a cruise of the lake by slow motor boat, stopping off to visit the Titinos floating islands. The Titinos originally built their islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. The islands are built from many layers of totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake. To get a closer look at daily life in the Lake Titicaca region, you'll be welcomed into local homes for an overnight stay with the community. Make the most of your visit by helping your host family with their daily activities or trying to chat in the local language, Quechua. A game of soccer is also a great way to make local friends.
Included Activities
  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your homestay tonight is a mud brick house. Rooms have beds and many blankets, and there are shared drop-toilets but no showers.
This morning after breakfast you'll board the boat again and make the hour-long journey to Taquile Island. Here, the tradition of knitting is strictly a male domain, and women do the spinning. It's a great place to pick up some high quality goods knitted by a patriarch. An short uphill trek brings you to the main area of the island, where you can survey the golden land in every direction. Journey to Puno by boat.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Puno is the hometown of Kusimayo, a terrific local organisation that works towards improving the living condition of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in this part of the world you have now come to know so well. Take a look at this short video for more information on this wonderful project: https://vimeo.com/154422813

Kusimayo is supported by the Intrepid Foundation which means you can donate to this project and your donation will be match dollar for dollar by the Intrepid Group. Please donate through our website: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/kusimayo/
At around 3,600 metres, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world in La Paz! Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of industry – the country’s brain. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional. After a 6 pm welcome meeting, enjoy an orientation walk with your leader and get to know the winding streets and pokey alleys. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • La Paz - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. After the meeting, maybe head out into the city, situated in the middle of a vast volcanic crater. Breathe the ‘thin’ air, marvel at the vistas of buildings clinging to the canyonsides, and explore the lively streets like Calle Jaen.

Death Road Biking To Coroico - Please note that our leaders are not able to organize this activity for you due to safety concerns. Injuries are very common and there have been a number of fatal accidents.
Today you’re free to explore the nooks and side-streets of La Paz or, alternatively, venture out of the city in search of crisp mountain air. Perhaps hop on a local bus out to the extraordinary landscape of Moon Valley. Actually a maze of canyons and colossal clay spires, these rugged oddities make for staggering views. If you’d prefer to see some man-made oddities, why not take a cable car to the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches’ Market)? Though we can’t guarantee the potions, incantations and voodoo dolls will work their magic, the experience is reliably fantastic. This trip is part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have started their trip in Lima, 15 days ago on Peru and Bolivia Uncovered (GGSUC).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • La Paz - Food with Altitude - Urban Adventure - USD57
  • La Paz - To 3,600 Metres, and Beyond - Urban Adventures - USD41
  • La Paz - Coca Museum - BOB8
  • La Paz - Visit to the 'Witches Market' - Free
  • La Paz City Tour & Moon Valley - USD40
  • La Paz - Tiwanaku Archeological site (Shared service) - USD30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
This trip is part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have started their trip in Lima, 15 days ago on Peru and Bolivia Uncovered (GGSUC).
Say goodbye for now to chaotic La Paz and begin your 8 am journey into the Bolivian wilderness. At around 9 hours, the drive will take most of the day and fittingly, Uyuni feels a bit like the edge of the world. This remote town sits on the edge of the high altiplano, a wild and rugged terrain that stretches of hundreds of kilometres towards Argentina and Chile. After a brief orientation walk of this quaint town you might want to get some rest – tomorrow you’ll be hitting the salt flats. Make sure you have a hot shower, as you may not have the opportunity over the next few days!
Accommodation
  • Basic Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uyuni - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The area is notorious for being extremely cold, so it’s important to pack warm clothing and base layers.
Uyuni is the starting point of your three-day 4WD excursion into Salar de Uyuni and the Andean desert. This morning we will stop by the Train Cemetery three kilometres outside of Uyuni Town, connected to it by the old train tracks, and see where families of geriatric locomotives rust slowly in the sun. The remainder of the day is spent mostly on the salt lake itself. Heaving with around ten billion tonnes of salt, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt plain. Endless blue skies meet endless white plains, and it's a pretty hypnotic sight - don't forget to snap loads of photos! We will arrive at the Salt Flats dorm at around 6:30 pm. Settle in and enjoy an included dinner.
Accommodation
  • Dormitory (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
December to March departures:
Please be aware that from December to March, there’s a risk of the salt lake being flooded. If this is the case, the itinerary will be adapted to accommodate this.

Accommodation:
Our accommodation tonight is very basic. Toilet facilities are basic, showers can be cold and the multi-share accommodation is dormitory-style.
Continue to trip through this mindboggling locale, reaching an island of cacti in its centre that rises like a jagged reef in the desert. Known as Inca Wasi, or Fish Island, this fossil-strewn outcrop was once the top of an ancient volcano. Visit Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde, lakes where algae and minerals have turned the waters a vivid red and green, respectively. One of the strangest sights in such arid and inhospitable land is the abundant wildlife, It's truly a photographers paradise. Look out for llamas, flamingos, vicunas, and foxes. Despite all the delights, this trip can be tough going. There will be long travel days in 4WDs on dusty washboard tracks, freezing temperatures, basic toilet facilities and multishare accommodation. However, without a doubt, this amazing journey will be one of the main highlights of your trip to South America.
Accommodation
  • Dormitory (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island/Inca Wasi'
  • Salt flats - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Accommodation in the desert is very basic. Shower facilities if any can be unreliable and cold, as the pipes often freeze in the winter months. Electricity is generated by solar panels and generators, so there won’t be enough power to charge electronic devices. The Desert is at high altitude and can experience extremely cold weather, particularly at night.



Despite a sunrise wake-up call, you might still feel like your dreaming when you arrive at Sol de Manana geysers. Mud bubbles and geysers spurt like kettles giving off steam across this geothermal field. Descend to Polques and stop by the desert’s natural thermal baths for an optional – though highly recommended – soak. Continue through the Southern desert, making stops at the surreal landscape of suitably named Salvador Dali Valley and Volcano Licancabur. Back in Uyuni town wander around the streets of this outback settlement and chill out after a long day of sights and sulfur.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Catch a local bus for about 4 hours along the scenic route to Potosi, where you’ll arrive in the early afternoon. Potosi has had a turbulent past, centred mostly around its mining successes and failures. Once the predominant supplier of silver to colonial-era Spain, Potosi briefly celebrated life as one of the richest cities in the world. Explore the architectural remnants of this period of industry in an orientation walk, then the afternoon and evening are yours. Perhaps visit the Santa Teresa Convent Museum to observe the art and treasures on display inside the convent’s original walls or the National Mint Museum.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Potosi - Orientation Walk
Optional Activities
  • Potosi - National Mint of Bolivia - BOB48
  • Potosi - Santa Teresa Convent Museum - BOB33
  • Potosi - Cerro Rico mine tour - BOB150
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Potosi Mine Tours:
Visiting the mines in Potosi can be a thrilling yet a dangerous experience. We at Intrepid have partnered with a local operator to offer travellers what we have assessed to be a safer and rewarding option for this visit. This tour involves visiting the miner’s market, a minerals distillery as well as entering the first 150-200 meters into the Grito de Piedra mine. We believe this experience offers a great understanding of the socio, cultural and economic importance of the mine to Potosi and the region while avoiding the risks associated with entering deeper sections of the mine. This activity is not for the faint hearted or those that suffer claustrophobia. Your Tour Leader is strictly prohibited from recommending or assisting travellers book other mine tours.
Arrive in Sucre with the locals after 4 hour bus ride, disembarking in the temperate valley city. Bolivia's official capital, Sucre was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1991 and has retained the flavour of its colonial heritage in its churches, museums and ancient mansions. Most of the town's colonial buildings have been whitewashed, earning it the nickname the 'White City'. On arrival, you'll have plenty of free time to explore the city and get your bearings.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a few days to explore Bolivia’s capital. After an orientation walk, compare shoe sizes with a dinosaur at Cal Orcko, where 68 million-year-old footprints have been discovered. This is the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world, over 12,000 of them! Then, you might like to visit the Museo de la Recoleta, a 400-year-old convent on top of the hill that provides great views over the city and is home to a fascinating collection of sculptures and paintings. Or maybe head to the Plaza 25 de Mayo to rub shoulders with Sucre's affluent residents and investigate the extravagant interior of the Senora de la Merced.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sucre - Orientation Walk
  • Sucre - Dinosaur Footprints
  • Sucre - Chataquila Pre-Inca trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today set out for an included hike along the ancient Pre-Incan path known as the Chataquila trek. The trek is relatively easy being that it is mostly downhill. On the way down enjoy the stunning views of the Andes and the valleys.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sucre - Casa de la Libertad - BOB21
  • Sucre - Bolivian Dance Show - BOB100
  • Sucre - Museum of Textiles - BOB22
  • Sucre - Church of San Felipe Neri - BOB15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
A 40-minute flight delivers you back to La Paz, where you can do as you please. Maybe head to the Mirador Killi Killi Lookout, located on top of a steep hill in the neighbourhood of Villa Pabon, and one of La Paz’s most impressive viewing points. Nearby is the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, which exhibits a wide collection of stunning works that takes you through Bolivian history. Perhaps visit the Coca Museum, which isn’t too far from your hotel in the Rosario district. If there’s time, you might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure tours. When the sun sets and the temperature drops, gather together you travel buddies and join the locals in seeking warmth in a bar or restaurant, and celebrate the end of your Bolivian adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Departure Tax: Please note you will be required to pay an airport departure taxt today which is approximately BOB11.
Your exploration of Bolivia's highlights comes to an end this morning. As there are no more activities planned, you're free to book your departure flights when you like and you can leave the accommodation at any time.
Optional Activities
  • La Paz - To 3,600 Metres, and Beyond - Urban Adventures - USD41
  • La Paz - Food with Altitude - Urban Adventure - USD57
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Plane, Canoe, Boat, 4X4, Private Vehicle, Taxi, Public Bus

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Dormitory (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (16 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
  • Amazon Jungle - Jungle activities
  • Cusco - Orientation Walk
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
  • Sacred Valley - Local community visit and lunch
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and Guided Tour
  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
  • La Paz - Orientation Walk
  • Uyuni - Orientation Walk
  • Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island/Inca Wasi'
  • Salt flats - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
  • Potosi - Orientation Walk
  • Sucre - Orientation Walk
  • Sucre - Dinosaur Footprints
  • Sucre - Chataquila Pre-Inca trek

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Important notes

INCA TRAIL PERMITS
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 https://www.intrepidtravel.com/en/inca-quarry-trail
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.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 2 & 3 (Amazon Jungle), 12 (Late Titicaca, Homestay), 17 & 18 (Salar de Uyuni & The desert) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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

BOLIVIAN VISA FOR U.S CITIZENS
Nationals from the United States need a visa to enter Bolivia and you we highly recommend you obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy. Not obtaining the visa in advance is likely to cause long delays at the border.
Please see the visa information on these trip notes for more information."

COMBINATION TRIP:
This trip is a combination of two of our most popular departures. As such the make-up of your group and your tour leader may change on day 14.

INCA TRAIL OR INCA QUARRY TRAIL
While hiking the 4 Day Inca Trail or the 3 Day Inca Quarry trail portion of this trip you may be joined by other Intrepid and/or non-Intrepid travellers.

PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

On June 30th Peruvian authorities released a new list of regulations for visiting Machu Picchu, which came into effect from July 1st

The main points impacting our visits are:

1. Tickets are now only valid only for one entry, that means that passengers cannot leave the site and re-enter as we have in the past.
2. Once the passengers begin on a chosen circuit (there are 3 different ones) they cannot walk backwards and once they finish the circuit they must leave the site. They cannot explore afterwards.
3. The two allotted times to visit are 6am-12pm/ 12-4.30pm
4. It will be mandatory to have a guide (Machu Picchu guide, not our Leaders) to visit the site. However, this rule can’t be applied as there are not enough official guides to cover the large amount of people visiting so authorities are being flexible.

These new regulations are affecting how much time our passengers can spend in Machu Picchu, in the past, after a 1-2.5 hour tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site unguided, this is not possible anymore.

Our only alternative is to make passengers explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun gate and Inka Bridge) before their guided tour starts (so about 2 hours before meeting the guide). Your Tour Leader will provide more information on what the group options are at the Welcome meeting.

Essential trip information

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Reviews

Our Explore Peru & Bolivia trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.

Explore Peru & Bolivia, May 2018

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Explore Peru & Bolivia, March 2018

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