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Group tour 25 days Peru Bolivia, Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Titicaca, La Paz, Uyuni, Cusco, Machu Picchu

25 days | CODE: PB-307
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Tour for 25 days South Peru and Bolivia! 

This tour is leaving only in private tour in English.
Look at Dutch page for fixed departure dates with Dutch speaking tourleader
Just send us the amouth of persons and we make your tour!
You can choose the data, quality of hotels or hostals and local or private transport.

We can arrange English speaking tourleaders

 

 

 

How do we work:

From Lima  to —Lima 
Tours are with an English speaking tour leader, he travel all the time with you and the group, he is no guide but after many years working in Peru/Bolivia, he knows what a tourist need ! He arranges all the hotels, transport and excursions. He’s support and translate at any problem. He gives you general info in every place, enough info, so you can discover the beauty of this country by yourself, or with members of the group. We also can arrange international flights. We promote freedom and flexibility in our tours, we call it alone in group, you do your thing with the comfort of a group while de tour leader arrange your excursion or bus ticket.

we can arrange the same tour also in individual without tourleader with some small changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kind of tour 
This is an easy to less easy tour, this because of 1 night bus and  2 days basic jeep tour to the salt lakes . Open for all ages. young minded people is what we are looking for. Leave your western look home and just enjoy the beauty of this Andean countrys. Accept that its different, we come to admire the country, not to change it!

We use good 3 *** hotels and hostels central located. We’re going slowly to high altitude  to get used to it, together with a coca thee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is included?
* All bus transport 2 local flights, Sucre to La Paz +Cusco /Lima + 2 days jeep tour over the salt lakes + 1 train
* In Private tour you decide the quality of the hotels. From hostals to 4 * Hotels.
* All hotels are based on double room , if you are single and don’t mind to share the room with a man or women from an other sexes, there is no surcharge, if you like a single rooms there’s an extra cost and you have to tell us in advance!
* All buses are based on good local buses, sometimes private if written in the program, there’s also  an Luxury night bus from Nazca to Arequipa. In Bolivia there  dont exist Luxury buses.
* All breakfast included !

Not included 
* Your food, in the hotels is breakfast included
* The entry fees and taxes, like airport tax, entrée colca canyon, entrée national park on the salt lakes, visitor ticket in Cusco
* The excursions,  below there is a list of all the estimated prices.
* Insurance, everybody is obligated to have there own travel insurance from home, before starting this trip.
* international flights. We also can arrange!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights
* The ballestas islands
* The Nasca lines
* Colca canyon tour 2 days
* The islands on Titicaca
* La Paz and Copacabana
* Cusco , the Inca empire with Machu Picchu
* The 2 days salt lakes  jeep tour with sleeping in salthotel.
* The silver mines in Potosi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1+2 Lima

Arrive  at Lima airport, someone from  Southamericaplanet pick you up from the airport and bring you to our first hotel in Lima /Miraflores. In the hotel you get the first information over Peru and meet the tour leader. Today you can discover Lima on your own or as excursion a city tour. 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.Hotel In Lima

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Day 3: Nazca 
Early in the morning we have a private bus till Nasca. First we drive 4 h to Pisco – Paracas.

We go direct to the port, for de excursion to Ballestas islands, its 1 ½ H by speedboat. The islands are full of sea lions  and birds. In the port we can relax with a cup coffee before we go with our private transport to “El Catador “ the Pisco brewery. Here we can see the whole making process and taste the Pisco. After this tasting process we drive to our next relaxing destination, ”Huacachina” this is an oasis in the desert. Here you can do some excursion sand boarding or jeep in the big sand dunes. Later on we continue to Nazca, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Hotel in Nazca with swimming pool.
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Day 4  Nazca
Home to the world famous Nazca Lines, huge geoglyphs etched in the Peruvian desert. The city’s name is derived from the Nazca culture that emerged in the area between 100 BC and 800 AD. The Nazca Lines are ancient geoglyphs etched into the Nazca desert in the south of Peru.
The lines, some over 2,000 years old, have blown away historians and archaeologists for hundreds of years, and even today there is no uniform agreement as to how or why they were created. Spread over almost 80km of desert a flight over the Nazca Lines is the only way to do justice to these incredible landmarks. As excursion. Around 7.50 am Transfer to the airport You’ll  take a flight over the Nazca Lines. you’ll board a small aircraft that will let you see several famous line figures, including the spider, monkey, astronaut & condor among many others. After your flight, you’ll visit Chauchilla. The area is named after the Nazca civilization that flourished there between 300BC and 800AD. It consists of 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 can take the luxury night bus for 10 h to Arequipa. The bus leaves at 10 PM.
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Day 5: Arequipa 
You will arrive in Arequipa early in the morning, the white city and its famous historic downtown.
Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city with a population of over 800,000 people and arguably the most beautiful city in Peru. Situated about 2,335 metres above sea level in the shadows of the stunning ice capped Misti Volcano (5,822 metres).
The perfect place to acclimatize to altitude before your tours in the Colca Valley.
You can do optional a city tour.We will show you all its charms of the main streets and colonial buildings, where you will visit The Main Square, The Cathedral from outside, La Compañia a Jesuit’s church and religious cloisters, Santa Catalina convent – which is a city within the city – built on the XVI century and closed to the public for almost 400 years until 1970, and it’s still home of a few nuns. The tour continues to the Church and Square of San Francisco and the local market. 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. You’ll also get to visit the star of Arequipa “The Mummy Juanita “. In the evening you may choose to dine at one of Arequipa’s many fine restaurants. Try the amazing alpaca steak!
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Day 6: Arequipa
On the free day in Arequipa you will get to relax or drink a cup of coffee on one of the nice balconies on the Plaza de Armas, or as option, you can go rafting on Chili river, a great adventure or you can take the Campina tour with viewpoints over or the reality tour. In this tour you drive just outside the city. The guide tell you about the locale life, how People survive. Visit a quarries of freestone known as “cutters”, doing a review on this  materials known as Sillar, that was used by expert builders or craft beds that shaped and carved harmonious arches, domes and facades of churches today appreciate our historic center of Arequipa. The local market outside  and a local dining room . This tour is not to look how poor people are, but just have a look at the different side of Peru, the real life ! In the afternoon you can visit by yourself the Mummy Juanita,also known as the Inca Ice Maiden, the ice preserved mummy of a small child who was killed as an offering to the Inca gods. The local cuisine in Arequipa is argued to be the most varied in all of Peru and while in Arequipa we encourage you to check out many of the traditional “Picanterias” to try out the local dishes such as Rocoto Relleno
This day is perfect to get used to the altitude! Hotel Arequipa.

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Day 7: Colca
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 Pichu Pichu volcanoes as you climb towards 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. On the way you’ll stop at 3800m to drink some coca tea to counteract the effects of altitude sickness. As you climb further up onto the Altiplano, you’ll begin to spot wild vicunas, llamas and alpacas as well as some interesting bird life on the lakes. After reaching the highest point at about 4900m, 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, in the afternoon we will go to the nearby hot springs: La Calera. It’s a 1 night hotel  in the small village Chivay.

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Day 8: Condor – Puno 

After an early breakfast, you will start the journey through the main towns of the valley,  stopping at Yanque, where you will appreciate its typical dances exposed in the main square. Then departure towards “El Mirador de la Cruz”, 60 Km from Chivay, the best spot to observe the deepness of the canyon of 11,155 ft deep and 124 miles long, before arrival to “Cruz del Cóndor” passengers can choose for a short walk (45 min.) along a path at the edge of the canyon. Arrival. This is the place from where almost always is possible to see the majestic fly of the condors. There is no an exact hour to see them, as many said, you can see them at any time, it depends on luck and patience. 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 way back visit some very interesting places such as: Pre inca hanging tombs, terraces viewer and Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque towns. Arrival at Chivay. At 13.15 Pm were you can take some lunch . We leave the guide in Chivay and  we change bus , to drive  for about 6 hours more over the altiplano direction puno. Hotel In Puno.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 9: Puno 
After breakfast, as excursion you can go by boat for a visit to the Uros floating reed islands, the guide explain everything over the Islands and the Titicaca lake, after this we go to Taquile island, here they have there own way of live .Today you will visit the incredible Lake Titicaca, situated some 3800m above sea level and covering an area of over 8000 square kilometers. 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 by totoro reeds that grow around the lake. It is said that, when seen from the sky, the lake looks like a Puma hunting a rabbit. Uros is comprised of about 40 islands, but the total number varies.  . Or you can visit the Sillustani grave towers as excursion. Hotel in Puno

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Day 10: 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. Sometimes we pass by Coppacabana .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. Hotel in La Paz

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Day 11 La Paz
La Paz, excursion to Chacaltaya, the highest ski run from here you can see on clear days the Titicaca lake. Or visit to the moon valley or Tihuanaco pre Inca temple, crossing the mountain regions of Bolivia and getting close to the lifestyle of the Aymaras. Tihuanaco is one of the oldest American civilizations, its temples and buildings are very appreciated around the world .You can do also as excursion” the amazing mountain bike tour to Coroico “over the most dangerous road in the world, for many people a highlight !

You can visit the Indian Markets and Witches market, as well as the beautiful San Francisco Basilica and Murillo Square. Or the Government palace, National Congress, Metropolitan Cathedral. Big 30 floor skyscrapers and modern shopping centers where traditional Indians and office personnel 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 centre of La Paz the sand and rock formations here remind of a moonscape. The tour ends  in your hotel.Hotel In La Paz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 12:Uyuni 
Today we take a long bus ride To Uyuni over the altiplano (  if the group is less than 8 we take local nightbus). Hotel in uyuni

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 13+14 2 days Jeep tour 
Day 1 : Departure around  (10:30 a.m.) towards Colchani town with our 4+4 jeeps, here they cut manual extraction of salt in blocks. We visit the salt hotel, what’s  now a museum . You will visit the Inca Wasi Island, call Fished Island also by the form,  characterizes by his calcárea, fully of capricious caves and giant cactus from 8 to 10 mts. Lunch, Arrival to the  salt hostels and village where you are going to spend the night. Diner at the hostal

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Day 2: Breakfast. Departure towards the volcano, which is observed from a viewpoint. At the river we can see some flamengos. We take lunch in open air. From here we start ourreturn to Uyuni , it’s a long but beautiful drive to Uyuni.
In Uyuni we can take again a shower and compare our pictures to find the most beautiful one !
It can be verry cold at night on this tour in July and August! And the hostal on the salt lake tour is verry basic,  so you better bring warm clothes, thermic underwair and if you have a sleeping bagg!
1 night Basic Salt hotel + 1 night Hotel in Uyuni

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Day 15: Potosi 
Uyuni – Potosí (4090 m)

This morning we take our private bus for around 4 h to the mining city of Potosi. From 2013 this road is paved. The road climb up very steep with stunning views. Potosi is situated at an altitude of 4000mt.  Potosí is one of the three colonial cities of Bolivia. You will see the historical colonial centre of the city. You can visit La Casa de La Moneda, probably Bolivia´s best museum.
Potosi, a mining town that was originally named Villa Imperial de Potosi. The city is spread upon the foothills of the legendary Cerro Rico Mountain that did have the largest deposits of silver during the Spanish Colony. Visit two lovely churches: San Francisco and San Lorenzo. Santa Teresa Church, which is also a museum. Potosí was founded in 1546, following the discovery of silver in the nearby mountain Cerro Rico, literally “the rich mountain”, which dominates the city. During its mining heydays in the 17th century, Potosí was the biggest and wealthiest city in the Americas. Silver from Potosí was taken to Spain and used all over Europe. A simple stroll around town to admire colonial architecture is another pleasurable activity; be sure to stop by the main Cathedral  and Convento de San Francisco (for lovely rooftop views).Hotel In Potosi

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Day 16: Potosi / Sucre 
Today you can visit as an excursion, 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. You can descend to all levels you want, but normally the wider and higher shafts are chosen. You can leave the mine with an assistant-guide at any time, also if the group wants to descend further down. You are witness firsthand to the life and working conditions of Bolivian miners. Silver is what created this city, and it would be shame to leave without learning more about the work conditions of Potosí’s mineral extracting activity. After lunch we drive in 3,5 h over paved road to Sucre. Hotel in Sucre.

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Day 17: 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. After breakfast we can do an excursion to one of the most traditional markets in South america ” Tarrabuco.( only on Sunday) after the market you can visit, by yourself, the cemetery or just relax in the many bars.

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Day 18: flight to La Paz 
Today you have some more time to discover Sucre. From here we take a flight from Sucre to La Paz. It takes 45 min.  From the airport we continue to the border, where we change bus and continue for 2 more hour to Puno , where we stay in the same hotel as before. Hotel Puno

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Day 19 : Cusco 
After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the bus or train station for your journey to Cusco. During this journey you will enjoy spectacular views of beautiful landscapes  of the the Andes. We will take the direct bus for about 6 h. Upon arriving to Cusco, you will be welcomed by South America planet.  In the evening there are many excellent restaurants to choose in Cusco.

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Day 20: Cusco
Cusco is located in the south east of Peru at 3,400m above sea level Famously known as the gateway to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world/ Previously the capital of the Incan Empire. Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square to visit the Colonial Cathedral, home to finely carved wooden art pieces and impressive altars, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archaeological sites three archaeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. In the evening there are many excellent restaurants to choose from in Cusco, just consult our restaurant list. Accommodations in Cuzco.

If you like to walk the incatrail, you have to reserve far in advance ! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 21: Cusco or Sacred valley 
Today you can do 1 of the many excursions in or around Cusco, or visit a local market or you do the excursion rafting on the Urubamba river with scenic views, or for the more active persons you can do some paragliding , horse ride, rock-climbing, maras salt terraces  or just visit one of the many museums in Cusco. Just relax and let live passing by on one of the many balconies in Cusco. Hostal in Cusco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 22: Train to Aquas Calientes 
This morning we take the train to Aqua Calientes, this is the village close to Machu Picchu. There’s also a big tourist market and it’s much warmer than Cusco, because we are at the border with the jungle. The active persons can walk to the waterfall Mandor or relax in the hot springs. We stay overnight in Aqua calientes.

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Day 23: Machu Picchu – cusco 
Today we will leave early on sunrise to the Machu Picchu ruins. You will start with a guided tour of the ruins for 2 h, in which you will learn all about the origins of this archeological wonder with some free time to explore on your own. Your return train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Cusco will depart in the afternoon and arrive in the evening. hotel in Cusco
Early in the morning you will be transported by bus to Machu Picchu citadel, Our bilingual guide will take you throughout the vast ruins for about 2h. 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. Than you drive down by bus to the town of Aqua Calientes where we take the afternoon train back direction Cusco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 24: Lima
Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima in 1 h, depending on your flight back home you can drop our luggage in the airport. People, whose flight home is some later, can take a taxi to Miraflores to finish this Peru adventure on a terrace near the seafront in Miraflores or do an excursion City tour. International flight home. The tour leader normally stay in Cusco

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Day 25: home 
Arrive back home

Finish of this tour and our service.

General

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 60 days reservation in advance !

Incatrail 4 days 339 Euro extra a person during the tour and

Incatrail 2 days 269 Euro extra a person

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JUNGLE

Its also possible to extend your stay with one of our jungle trips to Manu or Puerto Maldonado ,before you go home

289 euro a person 3 days Puerto without flight
357 Euro a person 4 days Puerto maldonado without flight!

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