Individual fast South Peru – Bolivia in 20 or 22 days
Peru/Bolivia Total in 20 or 22 days
Tour hotels/transport and excursions included
from Lima to —Lima with Bolivia
20 days with 1 day salt flats tour
22 days with 3 days salt flats jeep tour
You can choose this tour in 3 opcions
1 Budget tour : in hostals/ local transport / excursions in international group
2 classic tour: in 3* hotels/ mix local transport – private / mix private excursions – internat group
3 Luxe tour: all 4 * hotels / private transport / private excursions/ included entree fees
How do we work
In our packet tours you travel all by yourself, Southamerica planet take care for you, we reserve all your hotels and transport. When you arrive in Peru you find in your first hotel an envelop with all the vouchers for hotels /buses and excursions. The excursions you do in International groups with English speaking guides. Our local agent arrange also your transfers and give you the bus tickets to go from point A to point B, like this you travel around by yourself but without worry’s ,all arranged thru Southamerica planet. If there are any problems, you always find support by contacting our office in Cusco and Lima! Along your travel you have contact by whatsapp and in Lima you receive personal briefing in your first hotel.
What is included ?
* All bus/ 2 planes transport, all hotels.
* All your vouchers, information packet, like general info over all the places you visit.
* The 1 ( or 3 days) day jeep tour over the salt lakes, one of the highlights of South America!
* All hotels are based on double room with private bathroom, single rooms on request for an extra price, all buses are based on good buses
* We can offer this tour in hotels 3 or 4* or local clean hostels.
*Your food, in the hotels is breakfast included, in the jeep tour is food included.
*The entry fees and taxes, like airport tax.
*Local flight Cusco/ lima (we also can arrange!)
Day 1: Lima
The city of Lima, also known as the City of Kings, was founded by Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535 on the right bank of the Rímac river because of the excellent strategic and geographic conditions of this valley.
Lima, whose name comes from the Quechua word Rímac, which translated into Spanish means talker, began its rapid growth amidst the testimonies of the mille-nary cultures that developed in the entire area. During the Viceroy ship, between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, Lima became the most important and powerful metropolis in Spanish America, and the cultural and commercial center of the region, until the creation of the Viceroy ship of La Plata in the 18th century, which took up the famous mines of Potosí. Already in 1 821, following a series of intense political movements, General San Martín proclaimed the independence of Peru. Thus the Republican period of the country had begun. Today, Lima is a modern city that offers a wide array of attractions which, united to its rich past, provides visitors with a harmonious synthesis of all this historic richness in its many museums, traditional quarters, restaurants, handicrafts galleries and night life. Free time to walk around in Miraflores and go to Larco Mar shopping along the coast
It will be your first day in Lima and today you will have a half day city tour. The tour begins with a visit to the historical downtown of Lima, also known as “the City of the Kings”. The stops include the Main Square of Lima, upon which lays the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the City Hall. Next on the itinerary, is a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent. You can also drive through Miraflores and San Isidro. In the afternoon you can visit the Colonial Barranco, Museo National de Arqueologia in Pueblo Libre or Larco Museo” the best museum in Peru” by yourself. You can also walk at the seafront in Miraflores. The city tour will include an english speaking guide. It will take 3 1/2 hours. The tour starts and finishes in your hotel.
City tour in Lima (Hostal in group 3*+4* Private)
Hotel and hostel in Lima
lunch + diner
Day 2: Paracas- Nazca
Early in the morning (3.30 AM) the transfer brings you to the bus terminal. You will take the luxury bus to Paracas/about 4 h drive. In Paracas our agent pick you up to bring you to the harbor, from where you take the excursion to the ballestas islands. Around 8 am you go by speedboat to the Ballestas islands. Paracas is known for its extraordinary marine wild life and wonderful natural setting. Enjoy a boat tour, lasting approximately 2 hours, around the Ballestas Islands, where you can observe countless species, including the world’s largest sea lion colony. You can also view seals, penguins, turtles, albatrosses, pelicans, and seagulls. With many sea lions and birds. After this excursion, you can visit optional the national reserve of Paracas . Than you take the bus or private transport for about 3 h to Nasca. Hotel with swimming pool
* You can optional take a private car with driver for 1 or 1/2 day, so you can do many stops along the road and do the sand buggy tour
* Optional you can stay in Ica or Huacachina
Crus del Sur bustickets to Paracas and Nazca
Transfers inParacas and Nazca
Ballestas island tour
Hotel/ hostal in Nazca
Paracas reserve tour/ Sand buggy tour
Private transport( optional) included in 4*
Lunch / Diner
Piertax 13 sol
Day 3 Nazca
After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel for your journey to the mysterious Nazca Lines! You’ll board a small aircraft. During your adventure, you’ll see first hand several famous line figures, including the spider, monkey, astronaut, flamingo, parrot & condor among many others. Why were these figures created? Do they have an astrological or religious purposes? After your flight you visit Chauchilla. The area is named after the Nazca civilization that flourished there between 300BC and 800AD. A Pre-Inca cemetery located 28km South of Nazca. The cemetery has exhibits of some well-preserved mummies, textiles and other artifacts, saved from decay over the centuries by the dry desert conditions. At night you take the luxury night bus for 10 h to Arequipa. The bus leaves at 10 PM.
flight over nasca lines 30 min
Tour chauchilla cemetery
Night bus crus del sur to Arequipa
Entree fee 9 sol
Airporttax 30 sol
lunch + diner
Optional you can take the day bus from Nazca to Arequipa
Day 4 + 5 Arequipa
Early in the morning you arrive in Arequipa. The white city and its famous historic downtown. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the Church of the Company and the Church of San Francisco. The highlight of Arequipa is the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent. This beautiful complex of plazas and buildings is remarkably intact and remained closed to the outside world until 1970. Visit also the star of Arequipa “The Mummy Juanita “. In the evening you may choose to dine at one of Arequipa’s many fine restaurants. Day 5 free in Arequipa to relax or drink a cup of coffee on one of the nice balconies on the plaza de armas, or you can go optional, rafting on Chili river, a great adventure or you take the Campina tour with viewpoints over or the reality tour, here you visit the local market, the silar stone works, and you can see how the poor Peruvian people survive ! Or cycle down volcanoes.
2 Nights Arequipa to get used to the altitude. Hotel in Arequipa
Hotel- hostal in Arequipa
lunch + diner
Day 6 colca canyon
After breakfast you’ll be picked up for your journey to the Colca Canyon. It’s a scenic route 165 km from the city of Arequipa. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes as you climb to the Canahuas National Reserve. Along the way, you will pass through Pampas Cañahuas, a plain in the midst of the Aguada Blanca y Salinas National Reserve. Along the way you’ll stop at 3800m to drink some coca tea to counteract the effects of altitude sickness. As you climb yet further up onto the Altiplano you’ll begin to spot wild vicunas, llamas and Alpaccas as well as some interesting bird life on the lakes. After reaching the highest point at about 4800m you’ll descend a little to the town of Chivay. The Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, although its incline is much more gradual. Here we stop for lunch. After we bring our luggage to the hotel and in the afternoon we go to the nearby hot-springs. 1 night hotel in the small village in the Canyon.
2 days tour in international group or Private in 4*
hotel / hostal in colca canyon
entree fee 70 sol
entree fee hot springs 15 sol
lunch + diner
Day 7: Colca
This morning you will have an early breakfast at your hotel and set out to the Cruz del Condor look-out point, 60 Km from Chivay, for spectacular views across the canyon. We are looking for the world’s largest bird, the majestic Andean condor, gliding on the thermals that rise up through the canyon. Be sure to bring your camera. On the return to Chivay you’ll make various stops, firstly at the traditional town of Pinchollo with its 1500 year old stone terraces, and later at the Choqetico view point and the Andean town of Maca. Around 1.30 Pm we take the good Tourist bus for a 6 hours journey to Puno over the altiplano. The last part of the day is the drive to Puno.
Optional you can take he 3 day Colca canyon tour, than you walk down in to the canyon, you sleep very basic at the oasis, next morning you start early the climb to Cabanaconde, from where we take the local bus back to Chivay and up to Puno.
hostal / hotel in Puno
Shared bus to puno at 1.30 Pm
Transfer in Puno
3 days with trekking
Lunch + diner
Optional: you can do Colca canyon in Private tour
Day 8 Puno Islands
Today you will visit the incredible Lake Titicaca. Situated some 3800m above sea level and covering an area of over 8000 square kilometres. You’ll begin your tour by visiting the fascinating Uros islands, home to the descendants of the pre-Inca Urus people, who continue to live on the floating islands, which are constructed using the totoro reeds which grow around the lake. It is said that, when seen from above, the lake looks like a Puma hunting a rabbit. Uros is comprised of about 40 islands, but the total number varies over time. Than we go to Taquile Island. Another beautiful destination. The island still bears vestiges of a pre-Incan past. The are Ayamara Indians. The intricate and brightly-colored textiles produced here reflect the inhabitants’ Andean beliefs, myths, and ways of life. After a short but steep climb to the main village you’ll enjoy lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the island and finding out about its people. The islanders are known for the beautiful textiles and garments that they produce, and interestingly the knitting of these garments is done exclusively by men. Boat back to Puno /hotel Puno .
boat tour in international group uros +taquile
Lunch + diner
Day 9 : La Paz
After breakfast we take the bus to La Paz (3636 m), 2 h to the border and 1,5 h more to La Paz. Most of the time we pass by Copacabana and change bus. Than we continue to La Paz. We have beautiful scenery and snowy mountain tops. In La Paz you can wonder around in one of the 100 markets around the city or the witches market . La Paz . You can visit the Indian Markets and Witches market, as well as the beautiful San Francisco Basilica and Murillo Square, the Government palace, National Congress, Metropolitan Cathedral.
Big 30 floor skyscrapers and modern shopping centers where traditional Indians and office people are making this city really colorful. As you continue to travel further down to the south you will begin to notice that the climate also changes as it becomes warmer and greener. The difference between central La Paz and the South can be sometimes 1000 meters which is part of the reason that the rich live in this part and the poorer population lives in the colder, higher suburbs of El Alto. Founded in 1548 by the Spanish colonizer Alonso de Mendoza, La Paz has been the stage for some of the most important moments in the history of Bolivia. Although Sucre is Bolivia’s official constitutional capital, La Paz is the seat of the executive and administrative branches of government. Today, the modern city of La Paz has more than 2 million inhabitants, over half of whom can claim indigenous ancestry. Moon Valley at an altitude of 3.400 M. In the Moon Valley you will make a hike of about half an hour. The moon valley: Due to wind and water erosion over thousands of years the Valley of the Moon was formed. At a distance of only 10 km. from the center of La Paz. The tour ends in your hotel.We also use the new Cable cars
Bus to la Paz
Hotel – hostal In La Paz
Lunch + diner
Day 10 La Paz
La Paz, excursion included/ city tour + moon valley, or optional the highest ski run from here you can see on clear days the Titicaca lake or Tihuanaku pre Inca temple, crossing the mountain regions of Bolivia and getting close to the lifestyle of the Aymaras. Tiwanaku Ruins, the important pre-Columbian archaeological site in Bolivia, maybe even in South-America. It is considered one of the oldest civilizations of the Andes region (1300 BC-1200 AD). The fascinating culture, the religion and the brilliant architectural and astronomical knowledge existed for some 3.000 years. Tiwanaku was the biggest city in its time; according to assumes it had a population of between 20.000 to 120.000 people.The ruins of Tiwanaku are located at a distance of 72 KM from the city of La Paz. As cultural in heritage of humanity the ruins are protected by UNESCO. The most important highlights are the Kalasasaya Temple, the Akapana Pyramid, the Sun Gate Intipunku and the semi underground temple. After the visit we drive to La Paz. In the evening you transfer out and night bus to Uyuni.
(optional there are flights) The road is now new paved!
Night Bus To Uyuni
Excursion city tour+ moon valley
Lunch + diner/ Entree fees
other excursions ( if you fly next day to Uyuni you also can do optional the amazing deadroad mountainbike)
Day 11+12+13 Uyuni Saltflats
Arrive very early in the morning in Uyuni, you can use a hotel to rest a bit and take a shower.
Around 10,30 Am we start our Amazing 3 days tour. The real reason people come to Uyuni is the Salar. It is a surreal sensation to stand in the middle of a vast expanse and to stare into the distance, unable to tell exactly where the land ends and the sky begins. This is the largest salt flat in the world, and definitely not to be missed. A 3-day tour continues into the surrounding highlands, an area of intense volcanic and geothermal activity, dotted with lagoons colored red, green, and white by microscopic algae and populated by pink flamingos. Strange rock formations are scattered throughout, including Incahuasi Island, a coral reef covered in groves of giant cactus and believed to be the remnants of a volcano that existed in the middle of a giant prehistoric lake.
In the mornig we first visit the train cemetery and Colchani town, as well as the process of making domestic salt. We will be able to observe the salt extraction method. In the rainy season, the salt becomes a giant mirror where the white sky is reflected perfectly and everything seems to be floating in the air. This scenario is a paradise for lovers of photography, for the visual effects that can be achieved. Then you will visit Ojos del Salar; here bubbling gases escape from underneath the salt flat, the Salt hotel and Incahuasi. After a day at the Salt Flats, you will be transferred to your accommodation where you can relax and enjoy dinner at your basic Salt hotel.(Only in private jeep tour you can reserve private hotel rooms)
Day 2 of the Expedition tour.
After breakfast you will continue your way to lagoons and Altiplano. You will go to Chiguana to visit the Ollagüe Volcano. On the road to the desert Andean camelids, llamas and vicunas can be seen. The journey continues with visits to: Cañapa Lagoon, Hedionda Lagoon and Chiarkota Lagoon. You will also visit the Silolí Desert and the Stone tree; a rock formation of over eight meters high.The next stop takes place at the breathtaking Colorada lagoon, which owes its color and name to the accumulation of a fine red sediment in combination with the pigmentation of a local type of algae. The lake is home to 3 species of flamingos. You will spend the night in a basic lodge ( or in private tour in Tayka hotel)
Day 3 of Jeeptour
The departure on the third day will be very early, to watch the sunrise at Red Lagoon. You will visit the geysers, the Green Lagoon and the Licancabur Volcano and you will have the opportunity to go to the hot springs. On the way back to Uyuni you will visit the Valley of the Rocks. We will arrive in Uyuni in the afternoon, where we can have hotel.
3 days jeep tour in shared jeep ( private with * hotels in 4* )
1 Night in hotel Uyuni
Some hours in hotel first day
Entree fee 180 Bol / English speaking guide
Note: The tour in international group is in very basic hostals dorms/ not possible in better hotel.
*Only in the Private jeep tour/ you can sleep in nice salt hotel and one of the better Tayca hotels close to Laguna Colorado
* in the 20 days tour you do only 1 day salt lakes tour
Bus to Potosi
Hotel – hostal In potosi
Lunch + diner
Day 15 Potosi – Sucre
Today you can visit, the silver mines in “cero rico “. Potosi ones, was one of the richest cities of Bolivia. excursion Mine Tour Cerro Rico (3 hrs.); before you depart from Potosí you will put on safety clothes and take a lamp and a helmet with you. You will visit the miners market where you can buy some gifts like coca leafs, dynamite and pure alcohol for the miners (not included).It is tradition to bring the miners gifts because you are entering their working area. By car you will go to one of the many entrances of the famous silver mine. You will see miners at work, you will visit El Tío, the God of the underworld, where the miners offer to Pacha Mama, Mother Earth. Also the casa de moneda is worth a visit. After the visit and after the lunch we drive in 3,5 h over paved road to Sucre, in private transport. Hotel in Sucre.
Excursion silver mines 3 h
Private car to Sucre
Hotel- hostal In Sucre
Lunch + diner
Day 16 Sucre
The city center today is a huge living museum, full of architectural treasures from the colonial and republican eras as well as numerous 16th century churches that feature Baroque and mestizo art. Walk to Recoleta, a church and museum, a site offering you a fantastic view of the entire city. San Lazaro and Santo Domingo. You can walk to the University’s Museum; the Textile Museum Asur, Jalk’a and Tarabuco exhibitions; the Cemetery and the main historical monuments. Or visit the Historical Museum, House of Freedom; the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Historical courtyard of the San Francisco Xavier University. Enjoy he exquisite exterior of Santa Monica’s Church as well as the San Francisco Church and the Convent of San Felipe Nery.
Optional (only on Sunday) you can visit one of the most traditional markets in South america ” Tarrabuco. Also you can do an amazing 1/2 day Inca trail. Hotel in Sucre.
Hotel- hostal In Sucre
Lunch + Diner
1/2 day inca-trail, only going down!
Tarrabuco ( only on sunday)
Transfers to and from the airport in Sucre and La paz
Hotel- hostal In la paz
Flight to La Paz
Lunch + diner
Optional you can take a flight( Best option 1 1/2 h )
Transfers in La Paz and Cusco
Night Bus to Cusco
City tour in international group
Hotel/ hostal in Cusco
Entree fee cathedral + coricancha 35 sol
cusco visitor ticket 130 sol. This ticket is valid for 10 days for the ruins above cusco + musea +ruins in sacred valley. You buy this 1 time
Sacred valley tour in internacional group ( private in 4*)
Expedition train to Aquas Calientes
Hostal/hotel in Aquas
Lunch + diner
Day 21 Machu Picchu + cusco
Today we leave early to the Machu Picchu. Our bilingual guide will take you throughout the vast ruins for more than 2 h. After this you have some free time to wander around yourself . Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was “rediscovered” by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. The guided tour of this fascinating place is an inspiring experience. Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the excursion you can walk to Inti Punko, the “SUN GATE” to take the famous picture. After your free time till 12 o’ Clock you drive down by bus to the town of Aqua Calientes where we take the afternoon train back direction Cusco. Optional you can take the train to Ollantaytambo , sleep 1 night in the sacred valley
bus to machu picchu
entree to machu picchu
2 h english speaking guide
train to cusco or ollanta
hotel / hostal Cusco
Lunch + diner
Wayna picchu permit
If you like to walk the 2 or 4 days incatrail you have to reserve a long before !
Day 22 Flight to Lima
Transfer to the airport, flight back to Lima to connect with your international flight.
Optional you can stay 1 more night in Lima or go to north Peru or jungle.
Lunch + diner
Transfer in Lima
Local flight to Lima
Extra night in Lima
This program is only an example, we can make programs to all your needs !!!
Its also possible to extend with North Peru or relax some days at the beach.
1 flight included: 1 over the Nasca lines
This tour you can use as a base, you can add the 2 or 4 days Inca trail or extend this tour wit a visit to the jungle in Manu or Puerto Maldonado
People who like to do the very famous INCATRAIL , the 2 or 4 days (look at this website for the program ) have to make reservation for this ,together with the reservation of this tour .This Inca trail is so popular that it need more than 90 days reservation in advance !
End of this tour, optional extension to the Jungle or North Peru or water falls Iguazu