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Across South America – Peru, Bolivia and Chile
|| from $ 3.440 AUD|
||internal flights included |
||Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Sun Island,|
La Paz, Uyuni, Atacama desert, salt flats,
San Pedro de Atacama,
Calama, Santiago de Chile, Maipo Valley
This excursion tour is the dream of many travelers. You set out for a journey across South America and during 17 days you visit selected places in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. In Peru you will follow the traces of Inca civilization and visit magical Machu Picchu. Then you continue across the Titicaca Lake to Bolivia. You visit the highest capital, La Paz, and unforgettable salt flats and white deserts. Chile with its natural attractions will be the last destination. The scenery will take your breath away!
Day 1 Day 1 – Lima
Welcome at Lima. Meet and greet by the English speaking guide – Transfer to the hotel, short time off. Your adventure starts! Depending on the time of arrival, you can relax in the hotel or go into the streets and explore the city.
Day 2 – Lima – Cusco (B)
Morning transfer to the airport for a short (1.5 hrs) flight from Lima to Cusco. Cusco is located 3200m above sea level. A guided city tour is on the programme for the afternoon. Cusco has a marvellous historic square with colonial cathedrals, you will visit the Templo del Sol, which was the heart of the Inca Empire. The tour includes a visit to a huge fortress Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara. Puca Pucara means "red fort" but was more likely a storage area, hunting lodge, or stopping area for travelers rather than a fort. In the evening you can taste local Peruvian cuisine in one of the restaurants. Night in a hotel, close to the city centre.
Day 3 - Sacred Valley (B)
We set off for a day-trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas straight after breakfast. Ancient ruins, gentle mountain slopes and scattered farming towns define the valley. We will take you in the afternoon to Pisac village, renowned for its markets, colourful handmade crafts and souvenirs. All the Cusco surroundings is scattered with Inca ruins. So finally the town and an Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo close to Urubamba river will be visited. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 4 - Machu Picchu (B)
You will get on the train to Machu Picchu early in the morning and start the slow 4-hour long zig-zag ride up the peak. The train takes you through wild and beautiful nature to the “Lost City”. The magical ruins of Machu Picchu were rightfully included among the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will be guided through the site. Active tourists may climb the Huayna Picchu with a superb view. At the close of the day you will move to Aquas Calientes, from where a train takes you back to Cusco. Option: extended stay and lodging at Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) or a 4-day-long trek to Machu Picchu instead of the journey by train.
Day 5 - Cusco (B)
Today there is no fixed programme. You have plenty of time to buy souvenirs and explore more deeply the town itself or the surrounding area. Last night in Cusco.
Day 6 – Cusco – Puno (B)
You will be taken in the morning to a bus station. A bus will take you straight to Puno. On the way you will pass typical Peruvian villages, Pucara, Racchi and Andahuaylillas. As you reach the town of Puno, a gateway to the Titicaca Lake, a guide will take you to a hotel for the night.
Day 7 - Floating islands of Uros and Taquile Island (B)
In the morning you board a boat which will take you for a Titicaca cruise during which you will visit the floating islands of Uros. These islands are man-made from the totora reeds and they are home of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Incan civilization. You will have chance to hear their language, Aymara. Afterwards you will proceed to the Taquile Island which has preserved its old charm by limiting the amount of tourism exposure. It is a peaceful island, there are no roads or electricity, but there are plenty of hills and archaeological ruins. The native Quechua-speaking people are known for their fine hand-woven textiles and clothing, colourful belts chumpis, caps chullos and sandals ojotas. Return by boat to Puno for the night. (The stay at the lake can be extended by 1 day, incl. overnight at a local family of natives)
Day 8 – Puno – Copacabana – Sun Island (B)
A bus and boat ride to Copacabana, a town lying on the Bolivian side of the lake. An English speaking guide will pick you up at the bus station and accompany to the hotel. In the afternoon you head on a boat towards the Sun Island, the cradle of the Inca Empire. In this legendary island, you are going to visit the Pilkokaina Inca Palace, you can go on foot or by boat to the garden, stairs and the fountain of the Inca. Ascending to the town of Yumani, you have a magnificent view of the lake, with the base view of Nevado of Illampu and Cordillera Real de los Andes. Return to the hotel for night. You can taste the delicious trout from Lake Titicaca in the evening.
Den 9 – Copacabana – La Paz (B)
After breakfast, we are going to explore the city. Copacabana is a holy city on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Once sacred to the Incas, Copacabana is now home to the revered statue of La Virgen de la Candelaria, the patron saint of Bolivia. You will stop at a craft-market, good opportunity to buy some souvenirs. You will leave Copacabana in the afternoon, get on a bus to La Paz to accommodate here in a hotel.
Day 10 - Tiwanaku Tour (B, L)
We will pick you up at the hotel to take you to the bus station early in the morning. You will board the bus to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku. On route enjoy the magnificent views of the Cordillera Real de los Andes. Tiwanaku is one of the most important civilizations of the region as high-technology in architecture, hydraulics, astronomy, engineering and philosophy, it was difficult to imitate, even by later cultures. This civilization began 1600 BC and ended mysteriously in 1200 AC. Declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. You visit the Lithic and Ceramic Museum here where you will get an introduction about the Tiwanaku culture. Walk through the archaeological site visiting the most important temples: The Pyramid of Akapana, the semisubterranean Temple and the Temple of Kalasasaya where you can admire the beauty and quality of artistic representation of the Puerta del Sol and the Ponce monolith. You will be heading back to La Paz at noon for a lunch and overnight in the hotel.
Day 11 - Transfer La Paz – Uyuni (B)
Morning transfer to the bus station where the guide will explain how to get to Uyuni. 10.30am bus from La Paz to Oruro, arrive at 1.30pm. Later take a 3.30pm train connection from Oruro to Uyuni, arrive at 10.30pm. Transfer from the train station to the hotel. Overnight in Uyuni. (This part is without a guide).
Day 12 - Uyuni Salt flats – San Juan (B, L, D)
Today's programme is a visit to the salt extracting village of Colchani, then continue the trip to the Fish Island (Inkawasi), a piece of rock land in the middle of a white ocean, on which bloom hundreds of giant cactus, the only vegetation able to grow within thousands of square miles. Accommodation in a basic lodge with sharing room and bathroom in San Juan or nearby.
Day 13 – San Juan - Huallajarar (B, L, D)
Today you set out to Laguna Colorada. On the way you can enjoy panoramatic views of Lípej mountain range, local fauna and flora. You also stop at Siloli desert - famous for the tree like rock formations. Finally you reach the National Reserve of Andean fauna Eduardo Avaroa, with its most important natural attractions like Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) where you should see flamingos. Full board is included, and accommodation is arranged in a basic lodge with sharing room and bathroom.
Day 14 – Colourful lagoons - San Pedro de Atacama (B, L)
Sol de Mañana, our highlight of the day, is a geothermal field. This area is characterized by intense volcanic activity and the sulphur springs field, not geysers as you may have read, is full of mud lakes and steam pools with boiling mud. You will stop at Chalviri Lagoon with its hot spring and Dali Valley, then you continue to the Green Lagoon. Last stop of the day is in San Cristóbal where you visit a local church. In the afternoon you travel by bus to San Pedro in Chile. Night in a magnificent village San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 15 – San Pedro – Calama – Santiago de Chile (B)
After breakfast you will be taken to Calama. From here you fly to the capital of Chile, Santiago. The rest of the day is at leisure. Night in a hotel.
Day 16 – Santiago de Chile and Maipo Valley (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Half day visit to a winery at Maipo Valley with wine tasting included. After a short time-out you set out for a Santiago city tour, visiting the Main Square, Governmental House, Santa Lucia Hill for an outlook and Central Market where you can buy some souvenirs. Return to hotel and lodging.
Day 17 – Santiago – departure (B)
The tour comes to an end. Transfer to the airport, flight back home. See you soon in South America!
All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; Local English speaking guide during tours; All Nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel or lodge; Meals detailed in the program (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner); Entrance fees to National Parks; All flight tickets; Bus transfers; Taxes.
Price per person, 2 people in a double/twin room.
Meals and services not detailed in the program; Tips; Personal expenses; Optional excursions.
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