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Lima is shrouded in history with glorious Spanish colonial buildings and grand museums dotted throughout this grand capital. The Amazon Basin contains the biggest river by volume and the largest tropical rainforest in the world. We discover the incredibly rich biodiversity of this environment on a journey by boat and on foot before returning to Lima. From Lima we fly to the former Inca stronghold of Cusco, where we have plenty of time to soak up the colourful local life. After catching a train to the town of Aguas Calientes, we visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas. A spectacular bus journey then takes us further inland to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, home to the fascinating floating reed islands of the Uros Indians. Spend a couple of nights on a private island on Lake Titicaca. Before we arrive in Bolivia’s capital of La Paz we discover the ruins of ancient Tiahuanaco. La Paz is the highest capital city in the world and combines a modern cosmopolitan city with ancient traditions, creating a vibrant finale to our adventure.
• 15 night small group tour exploring Peru and Bolivia from Lima to La Paz
• Breakfast daily, arrival airport transfer
• Meals: 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
• Transport: Boat, Bus, Private vehicle, Plane, Train, Motorised Canoe
• Accommodation: Hotel (11 nights), Jungle Lodge Feature Stay (2 nights), Eco Lodge Feature Stay (2 nights)
• Included activities
o Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
o Complimentary airport arrival transfer
o Lima - Guided tour Down town, Cathedral of Lima and The Catacombs
o Lima - Alameda de Chabuca Granda - Street food tasting
o Cusco - Orientation Walk
o Cusco - Coricancha Temple entrance fee
o Cusco - Cathedral tour with Specialist Historian Guide
o Cusco - Cathedral Entrance Fee
o Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cusco (Transport & guides are not included)
o Sacred Valley - Local community visit and lunch
o Machu Picchu - Entrance and Guided Tour
o Suasi Island - Spectacular Sunset over Lake Titicaca, Picnic & Drinks
o Suasi Island - Cultural Museum Visit
o La Paz - Tiawanaku archaeological site and museum tour
05 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 14 Oct, 28 Oct 2018
Other departures available between Jun 2018 – Mar 2019, seasonal surcharges may apply.
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
Day 1: Lima
Welcome to Lima, Peru. On arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. In the afternoon around 2 pm, there will be a welcome briefing at the hotel with your Peregrine tour guide. 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 to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. Straight after the meeting your leader will take you on a walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city's historical centre. Flanked by streets of ornate mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima. Take a walk through the old streets to get a feel for colonial life. On one side of the plaza is the Cathedral of Lima, which houses the remains of Lima's founder, Francisco Pizarro. The Cathedral is closed on a Sunday, so we'll only see it from the outside. Visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery, with its catacombs containing some 70,000 human remains. Continue onto the Central market where you'll take a walking tour. The market has a huge variety of fresh produce on offer, including fruits, vegetables and even guinea pigs. You'll also have the opportunity to try some local Peruvian fruits and street food. Next head away from the tourist trail and visit ‘Alameda de Chabuca Granda’ an area really only known to locals, it is a place where people go as a treat to enjoy a variety local street food and authentic Peruvian desserts such as ‘Mazamorra Morada’ a sweet porridge made from purple corn or ‘Picarones’ Peruvian donuts made from local squash called Macre and sweet potatoes served with a sweet syrup, these are a must try whilst in Peru! The tour will finish in Lima main square, you may choose to stay in Down Town for dinner or take the included transfer back to Miraflores.
Day 2: Puerto Maldonado (Amazon Jungle)
This morning starts nice an early with a transfer to Lima airport at approximately 530 am. Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado today, which should take around three hours, including a 30-45 minute stop in Cusco (During this stop you will not disembark the plane). The flight will arrive into Puerto Maldonado airport just before midday. Take a short drive to the Lodge's office in town. Upon arrival at the Jungle lodge office you will be provided with a small duffle bag to pack your personal items required for the duration of your jungle stay. The remainder of your items will be stored securely in the office. From the office it's about an hour drive to the Port of Inferno. Leave civilisation behind and venture deep into the Amazon rainforest by motorised canoe, up river to your jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios region. During the boat journey you will be given a packed lunch provided by the lodge. Upon arrival at the lodge it's a 15-20 minute walk, you won't be required to carry your bags. Once you arrive there is time to unpack and unwind before a short orientation and briefing. After dinner your local jungle guide will take you out into the jungle on a night walk.
•Luggage Limit: Due to boat transfer to the jungle lodge the maximum weight limit for the Amazon is 12kg.
•Amazon Lodges: Posada Amazonas and Refugio Amazonas lodges are both owned by the indigenous Ese-Eja community of Infierno, the lodges both offer a 30-metre canopy tower that provides spectacular views of the vast expanses of forest, Tambopata River and endless opportunities to witness Amazonian wildlife. Rooms at the lodges are simple but comfortable. They are built using local materials such as bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees. Rooms, don't have regular doors for the entrance and bathroom, instead traditional curtains are used. Each room opens out to the rainforest, providing a true jungle experience. Rooms are equipped with flushing toilets, showers (on occasions water may be cold due to remoteness of lodge), mosquito nets and kerosene lamps. Electricity and internet are only available in the common areas at designated times. Please note that drinks and tips are not included.
Day 3: Puerto Maldonado (Amazon Jungle)
This morning starts nice and early. At about 4:30am you will visit the Oxbow Lake. The activity begins with a walk through the jungle. It will take you approximately 30-40 minutes to reach the Lake. Once at the Lake you’ll board a catamaran to take a slow ride around. Keep your eyes peeled for Squirrel Monkey troops that sometimes forage in bushes at the edge of the lake. Overhead, spectacular Scarlet and Red and Green Macaws and parrots are a regularly seen as they fly over the Lake. After the boat ride you’ll take the same path back to the lodge, arriving late morning at approximately 11am depending on the groups pace. Soon after you’ll head back out on a 20 minute walk through the rainforest to a clay lick frequented by 7 to 10 species of parrots and parakeets. While watching from a blind, you’ll be able to get very close to view the Dusky-headed and Cobalt-winged Parakeets, Chestnut-fronted Macaws with Mealy, Yellow-crowned, Blue-headed, and Orange-cheeked Parrots. After this you’ll walk back to the lodge for lunch. There will some free time until mid-afternoon when you’ll head out for the final activity of the day.
A twenty minute boat ride downriver from the lodge brings you to Centro Ñape, a traditional community clinic that produces medicines from rainforest plants and administers them to patients who either cannot afford to receive treatment in town or prefer traditional medicines An Eseeja nativa from the Community of Infierno will take you on a unique tour of Centro Ñape to explain the uses of various medicinal plants.
Head back to the lodge around 6pm and enjoy some free time before dinner. After dinner head out on an optional night jungle walk.
Day 4: Cusco
This morning at about 8am travel back to Puerto Maldonado before taking a short flight (approximately 35 minutes) to Cusco. The flight will arrive into Cusco at approximately 1:30 pm. After settling in at the hotel, embark on a casual walking tour around the hotel and Plaza de Armas with your tour leader. This tour will also include a visit to the Cusco Cathedral with specialist guide, Professor Alfredo Hinojoza Galvez. Alfredo was born and raised in the city of Cusco. He studied at the National College of Sciences of Cusco and later studied Administration and Tourism at National University San Antonio Abad del Cusco (NUSAAC), where he graduated in 1983. He then pursued a Masters in Colonial Art at NUSAAC. Alfredo has served as Dean of the College of Tourism and he has published eight books, including a guidebook for the Touristic Tour of the East Valley. Alfredo is considered an icon among colonial art and tourism students for his impressive career spanning 30 years. Alfredo will be uniquely placed to offer special insight into Cusco Cathedral, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 5: Cusco
Your leader will take you on walking tour of Cusco today. Visit the Coricancha Temple for a tour with a local guide. Once plated in thick gold, the Spanish built a Dominican church atop its walls. Soon after head to the San Pedro market, where you can practice your bargaining skills and take some colourful pictures. The tour will also stop at the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city. Here you will again see the main cathedral (this time from the front only), built on top of an Incan palace and one of the city's greatest repositories of art.
Day 6: Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo)
This morning travel by private bus for around two hours through the Sacred Valley, on the outskirts of Cusco. Known as Wilcamayo by the Incas, this valley was greatly treasured because of its climate, fertile land and the presence of the Urubamba (Sacred) River. Long the main source of food for the high Andes, maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you an impressive picture of how greatly developed Inca engineering was. Looking over the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is the ultimate example of the Inca's military strength.
En route to Ollantaytambo you will visit multiple workshops in the Chichubamba community to gain a greater insight into the local lifestyle. Some of the workshops you may visit include a Local Chica (corn beer) brewer, a Ceramic workshop or a chocolate making workshop. After the community visit, continue on to Ollantaytambo.
Ollantaytambo was built over an ancient Inca town, the ruins of the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. It's a magnificent example of Inca urban planning and the perfect warm up for Machu Picchu. Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below. Today you’ll see lots of evidence of the Incas' engineering skills - in the ruins of ancient aqueducts, irrigation canals, dams on the Urubamba River, imposing sets of terraces and centres of worship dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Late afternoon head to the hotel in Ollantaytambo and settle in for night.
Day 7: Aguas Calientes
Depart the hotel just after 7am and travel by train for around 90 minutes through the winding Urubamba Valley to reach the town. From here take a 30-minute bus up the winding road to Machu Picchu where you will be joined by a guide who will take you through the ruins and tell you stories of its history and the ancestral people of the region. You will have a guided visit (approximately 1.5-2 hours), then free time to wander around.
Due to Peregrine's internal safety policy, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.
1-day Inca Trail: On this trip you can opt to hike the 1-day Inca Trail. It’s a great option for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru, but don’t want to do the full 4 days. This trek starts in from the train station known as “Km 104” and after a steep ascent, it follows the last portion of the Classic Inca Trail.
Trekkers enter Machu Picchu at the sungate in the afternoon where there will be some time to take a few photos before taking a short bus ride down to Aguas Calientes to spend the night and re-join the rest of the group. This trek is subject to permit availability, must be pre booked and will incur a surcharge.
Day 8: Machu Picchu- Cusco
Depart the hotel at around 5:30 am this morning and take the bus back up the winding road to Machu Picchu arriving at Machu Picchu around 6:30 am. On your second visit to the ruins you'll have free time to explore and take any photos you may have missed yesterday. Before midday take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy some lunch in town and perhaps have head to the local artisanal market to pick up some souvenirs. Later take an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo arriving late afternoon. From Ollantaytambo, take a private transfer back to Cusco arriving around 7 pm, just in time for dinner.
Day 9: Cusco
Today enjoy free time to relax, shop or explore more of Cusco's sights. Perhaps head to a cafe on the Plaza de Armas.
Day 10: Puno
Depart the hotel just after 7am this morning. Travel by bus for around 7- 7.5 hours to the tiny but unique town of Puno. This direct tourist service will take you on decent roads through spectacular mountain scenery.
You will also drive through the large sprawling town of Juliaca on your way to Puno. Arrive in Puno at around 3:30 pm located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture where traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is famous for its traditional dances. Many festivals are celebrated here, especially the Virgen de la Candelaria, so if you're lucky your visit might coincide with one of the colourful evening parades, when the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians. Head to the hotel in Puno and settle in. Shortly after your leader will take you on an orientation walk of Puno town. This evening perhaps head out for dinner with the group, your leader will be able to recommend some great places to eat.
Day 11: Lake Titicaca Tour/ Suasi Island
This morning, we leave the hotel just before 7am and set off to explore Lake Titicaca. Be enchanted by the striking scenery and unique cultures on a cruise around Lake Titicaca today. Stop by the floating Uros Islands. The Uros people constructed these islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes in ancient times. They are built completely from multiple layers of totora reeds, which grow in the shallows of the lake. Next call into Taquile Island for some woollen handicrafts. On the island, knitting is strictly a male domain, while women do the spinning. At approximately 1 pm, retire to the private island of Suasi where you'll spend the next two nights. This afternoon you may want to venture out on a walk around the Island or why not head to the spa and book in a massage. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at the lodge.
Day 12: Suasi Island
This morning you will visit the cultural museum on the island. Here you will find maps, pictures of the Lake, and books about history of the lake and its communities. There are handicrafts and fabrics from the different groups that developed around the Lake, types of Andean grains like quinoa, and a chance to learn about the painting process of wool. An easy late-afternoon walk (approximately 30 minutes) will take you to a nice spot to witness an unforgettable sunset over the waters of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy a private picnic with drinks; a unique moment to soak in the beautiful landscape, appreciate the serenity, and if the clouds behave, watch the sun go down. Tonight, enjoy your final (included) dinner at Suasi Lodge.
Day 13: Puno
Just before 1 pm travel back across the lake to Puno. The boat journey back to Puno is about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Enjoy a free night in Puno to explore, eat dinner at a local restaurant or relax in the hotel.
Day 14: La Paz
This morning depart the hotel at approximately 7 am. Travel by minivan to Desaguadero (approximately 2.5 hours), where you'll cross the border into Bolivia. The first stop is the Peruvian migration office where you'll be asked to leave the bus and proceed through Peruvian migration. Then walk via a bridge to the Bolivian side, submit your passport at the Bolivian migration office and reboard the bus, which will continue to La Paz. About 30 minutes after crossing the border there's another stop where the army will again check your documents. Remember to reset your watch, as Bolivia is one to two hours ahead of Peru. On your way to La Paz, stop at Tiwanaku for a guided visit. The archaeological site of Tiwanaku was the base of a great civilisation that began around 500 BC before mysteriously 'disappearing' around 1200 AD. It is believed that the ceremonial complex dates back to the 8th century AD and was once at the centre of a powerful and self-sustaining empire based in the southern Central Andes. It is also where the Incas learned about building systems and agricultural practices. The sprawling ruins comprise of temples, courtyards, terraced pyramids, monolithic stone statues and gateways. The most famous structure is the Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun). From the ruins it's a two-hour drive to La Paz, where you'll spend the night. Enjoy spectacular views of the city on your approach, due to its unique location in the middle of a vast volcanic crater.
Day 15: La Paz
At around 3,600 metres, La Paz feels like the top of the world and vies with Tibet for the title of highest capital in the world. 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.
This morning at about 9 am you'll embark on a city tour. Begin with a dramatic ride on the world’s highest 'urban' cable car, up at 13,000ft connecting La Paz with its twin city EL Alto, a challenging urban environment that is a mix of shacks, half-finished buildings and church spires. Here you will visit some craft markets, selling goods made of alpaca wool, leather and other traditional materials, before visiting the Mercado de Hechiceria or Witches' Market. Browse the weird and wonderful stalls that sell everything from potions to incantations made from herbs. This witches market is rarely seen by tourists and is much more authentic than the smaller witches market in La Paz. Just outside the market is a street with dozens of types of doctors or shamans that, for a price, can tell of your future health, love, or career. Reboard the cable car to the south of the city and take a walking tour of the extraordinary landscape of Moon Valley. This isn’t a valley, but a maze of canyons and colossal clay spires. These rugged oddities, caused by erosion, make for staggering views.
Stop at Mirador Killi Killi for one of La Paz’s most impressive viewing points. Next head to the main square and Plaza Murillo. After lunch, the rest of the day is free. When the sun sets and the temperature drops, join the locals in seeking warmth in a bar or restaurant.
Notes: Please be aware that the order of your tour may change slightly according to weather, however you will still visit everything mentioned in the itinerary.
Day 16: La Paz
Your Amazon and Inca Adventure ends after breakfast this morning. Flights can be booked to depart at any time, as there are no more activities planned.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 14 May 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. All savings are included in the advertised price. Exclusive 10% discount applies to Peregrine South American small group tours departing on selected dates between 15 Jun 2018 and 31 Mar 2019 and excludes Polar, Private Groups, Peregrine Packages, Independent Journeys, Independent Experiences, Limited Edition tours, Adventure Cruising operated by Variety Cruises and tours operated by external third party suppliers. A blackout period between 15 Dec 2018 and 15 Jan 2019 applies. Discount applies to tour price only. Discounts do not apply to local payments, permits, additional travel arrangements, international and local airfares. Deposit of $600 per person per trip is required upon booking. If booking within 56 days of departure, full payment is due immediately. ^You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 3,500 points on eligible trips with a minimum trip value of $1,000 per person after any other discount is applied. A valid Qantas Frequent Flyer number and surname must be entered before the trip departure date. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Peregrine Adventures, Qantas Frequent Flyer Program and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 14 May 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. All savings are included in the advertised price. Exclusive 10% discount applies to Peregrine South American small group tours departing on selected dates between 15 Jun 2018 and 31 Mar 2019 and excludes Polar, Private Groups, Peregrine Packages, Independent Journeys, Independent Experiences, Limited Edition tours, Adventure Cruising operated by Variety Cruises and tours operated by external third party suppliers. A blackout period between 15 Dec 2018 and 15 Jan 2019 applies. Discount applies to tour price only. Discounts do not apply to local payments, permits, additional travel arrangements, international and local airfares. Deposit of $600 per person per trip is required upon booking. If booking within 56 days of departure, full payment is due immediately. ^You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 3,500 points on eligible trips with a minimum trip value of $1,000 per person after any other discount is applied. A valid Qantas Frequent Flyer number and surname must be entered before the trip departure date. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Peregrine Adventures, Qantas Frequent Flyer Program and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.Read more