11 Day Classic Peru & Bolivia
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DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro.
DAY 2, Monday - Lima City Tour
This morning’s tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, official residence of the President, and the 16th century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornate carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. This afternoon, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting about the wonderful journey that awaits you. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner. Experience one of Lima’s most magnificent museums by night on this tour, that also includes a light supper. Admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. (Breakfast)
Optional: Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner
DAY 3, Tuesday - Fly to Cuzco, Chinchero Weaving Demonstration
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. Upon arrival, drive through the rugged mountainous region with its magnificent panoramas, along roads with farms and small villages to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, stop in Chinchero. Here, enjoy an authentic Peruvian lunch followed by a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Wander around the complex and shop for souvenirs among the fine textiles and other local treasures. Time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to your hotel in the Urubamba Sacred Valley. This evening, dinner together with music at a lovely restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4, Wednesday - Sacred Valley & Ollantaytambo Ruins
Enjoy this morning at leisure in the Sacred Valley to explore some of the ancient ruins independently or, join the optional tour to Maras and Moray. The excursion begins in Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan's mastery of high-altitude crop growing. You’ll be astounded by the large complex of perfectly circular depressions in the earth that historians believe were used to study climatic conditions. Next, travel to the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds in use since the time of the Incas. This afternoon, visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th century life. Tonight, join the optional traditional dinner with a Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable home-cooked Peruvian specialties along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange. (Breakfast)
Optional: Maras and Moray Tour
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
DAY 5, Thursday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Expedition Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's re-discovery in 1911. Spend the morning viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight. (Breakfast)
*Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 3 hours.
DAY 6, Friday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today independently discovering the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Incan and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city’s stunning sights, or, shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Participate in the optional Cuzco "Behind the Scenes" tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. In the afternoon, join the optional Highlights of Cuzco excursion that takes you to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings, the Temple of the Sun and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which took over seven decades to complete. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a buffet dinner featuring delectable Andean specialties. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Optional: Highlights of Cuzco & Cuzco Behind the Scenes Combo Package
DAY 7, Saturday - Raqchi & Puno
Depart Cuzco early in the morning on a long drive today. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) graze on the immense plateaus and plains. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. Today, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers and artisans. Then, you arrive at pristine Lake Titicaca sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America's largest fresh water lake. A box lunch will be provided en route before arriving in Puno for your overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 8, Sunday - Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure. Or, take the optional tour to the Sillustani Tombs, the pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs here are built above the ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, vestiges of the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Evening is at leisure in Puno. (Breakfast)
Optional Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
DAY 9, Monday - Tiwanaku Archaeological Site; La Paz, Bolivia
Drive south from Puno to Desaguadero where you will cross the border into Bolivia*. Then continue to the impressive Bolivian ruins at Tiwanaku, built by a pre-Inca society, thought to be the largest city in the ancient world lasting for over 28 centuries. During this time some of the most impressive stone monoliths in the world were created along with a sophisticated irrigation system and a society that understood astronomy and the workings of the sun. When you see these impressive structures, you'll stand in awe of their amazing achievements. Highlights of the site include the Gate of the Sun, Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana; all examples of a glorious past. After lunch, continue driving on the high plateau to reach La Paz, spectacularly set against the magnificent snowcapped peaks of Mt. Illimani. (Breakfast, Lunch)
*The border crossing may take up to 3 hours due to local conditions. After clearing Border Control, you will have to walk a half mile to board your Bolivian bus. Although Visas are available for purchase at the border, it is strongly recommended to obtain yours in advance to avoid denial of entry and/or long delays. Proof of yellow fever vaccine is recommended, but not currently required to enter Bolivia.
DAY 10, Tuesday - Tour La Paz, Moon Valley
Explore La Paz, the largest city in Bolivia, and its surroundings. Walk along the narrow streets of Rosario, San Jorge and San Miguel, some of the city's most lively neighborhoods. Arrive at the sprawling open-air Witch Doctor's Market, where women in bowler hats sell medicinal herbs and spices and other superstitious artifacts. See the San Francisco Cathedral, Presidential Palace and other important colonial-era buildings before ascending to the Mirador Killi Killi lookout point for a panoramic view of the entire city accented by snowcapped peaks. Afterwards, on to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) with its moon-like terrain and impressive views of the Andes Mountains. Enjoy a typical lunch and walk around the valley with its rugged landscape before returning to La Paz. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 11, Wednesday - Depart Bolivia
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
*Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 11 and will require a transfer on Day 10. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands and Bolivian Andes may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
All This Included
10 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
City Tour of Lima with its 2000 years of history
Visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via the PeruRail Expedition Train
Excursion by boat to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands
Visit the impressive ruins at Bolivia’s archaeological site of Tiwanaku
Tour La Paz and Valle de la Luna with its unusual moon-like terrain
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Lima: Jose Antonio Hotel
Urubamba: San Agustin Urubamba Hotel
Cuzco: Jose Antonio Cuzco Hotel
Puno: Hotel Royal Inn Puno
La Paz: Hotel Europa
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Lima-Cuzco. Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued. Although Visas are available for purchase at the Bolivian border, we strongly recommend obtaining your Bolivia Visa in advance to avoid long delays and ensure entry. Please note that proof of yellow fever vaccine is recommended, but not required to enter Bolivia.
Triples at the Hotel Europa in La Paz will be accommodated in a twin and single room.
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups, some at 5 or 6 am, as well as one long 10-hour drive to Puno are necessary to cover the territory. The altitude of 11,000 feet in Cuzco, 12,400 feet in Puno, and 12,000 feet in La Paz, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Please note that proof of yellow fever vaccine is recommended, but not required to enter Bolivia. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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