Uyuni Salt Flats at Sunset, Bolivia
Uyuni Salt Flats at Sunset, Bolivia

Peru and Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats

15 nights from £3,679 per person

Overview

Two breath-taking and awe-inspiring destinations. Start with the culture rich Peru and explore the former Inca capital of Cusco before venturing into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Hike the Inca Trail or catch the scenic train to the fascinating Machu Picchu. Continue onwards to Bolivia and the striking salt flats. This 15-night small guided tour takes the highlights of both countries and combines it into an exciting and memorable trip.

Highlights

  • Spend two nights in the Amazon Jungle spotting wildlife with expert naturalists
  • Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide
  • Hike the Inca Trail to the peak of 4198m
  • Reach the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu before sunrise for stunning views
  • Explore the highest capital in the world - La Paz, surrounded by the stunning snow-capped Andes
  • Visit the white-washed Sucre and mining town of Potosi
  • Journey deep into the stunning salt pans to explore their varied geographical features
Whats included?
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  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
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Day 1

Lima

Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll begin the adventure with a welcome meeting to introduce your tour leader and fellow travellers.

Day 2

Lima/ Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorised canoe to the comfortable and intimate Amazon Lodge located in the Tambopata Rainforest. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and head out on a night walk spotting the nocturnal animals.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3

Tambopata

Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4

Tambopata/ Cusco

Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for a flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos. Visit the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Breakfast included.

Day 5

Cusco/ Urubamba

Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6

Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by private vehicle to arrive where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7

Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwanusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m. Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8

Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m. On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m, reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9

Machu Picchu/ Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Breakfast included.

Day 10

Cusco/ La Paz

Catch a flight to one of the loftiest cities in the world - La Paz, Bolivia. In the afternoon, take an immersive city tour on foot, van, and by cable car exploring the “highest” capital in the world, surrounded by the stunning snow-capped Andes. Explore vibrant squares, historical sites, and lively local markets, learning more about the balance of old and new of this fascinating city. This evening, enjoy an interactive culinary experience at a popular local restaurant with demonstrations of how traditional foods such as quinoa are integrated into modern fusion dishes. With our local chef, we sample a variety of dishes and discuss the growing popularity of La Paz as a foodie destination.

Breakfast included.

Day 11

La Paz/ Sucre

Catch a flight to charming Sucre, then enjoy an orientation walk around the main square with your tour guide. This afternoon, relax at a local café, explore on your own, or opt to take an immersive city tour with a local expert that focuses on the stunning colonial architecture and historic sites, best viewed from the city’s ubiquitous rooftop terraces.

Breakfast included.

Day 12

Potosi Countryside

Enjoy free time this morning before travelling into the southern highlands to our historic hacienda. Surrounded by lush farmlands and rolling hills, this working farm offers unique opportunities for cultural exchanges with the resident family. Get a glimpse into daily life here while taking part in demonstrations at the dairy and in the fields, and step back in time during visits to the property’s private rooms, chapel, and museum. Cap off your experience with an authentic farm-to-table dinner featuring specialities local to the area.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 13

Potosi/ Uyuni

Make the short drive to the centre of Potosi and enjoy a guided tour of the Casa Nacional de la Moneda, the old silver mint and now a museum dedicated to Bolivian art and history. Take a scenic drive to Uyuni, gateway to the world's largest salt flat. Learn about the industrialization of salt and the geographical history of the region while driving across this mirror-like landscape. Enjoy a sunset picnic atop the flats before returning to our hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14

Uyuni

Journey deeper into the salt pans to explore their varied geographical features. Along the way, stop at the remote town of Agencha, a small Quechua community. Here we enjoy a guided walk to learn about quinoa production and the cultural history of the area. Savour lunch prepared with local ingredients before continuing our exploration of the desert and its pans.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15

Uyuni/ La Paz

Catch a flight to La Paz and enjoy free time to explore before joining your tour leader and group for an optional farewell dinner.

Breakfast included.

Day 16

La Paz

Depart at any time.

Breakfast included.

  • International and internal flights
  • Arrival transfer
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities: private vehicle, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, 4x4 vehicle, walking.
  • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
  • Hotels (9 nts), Amazon Lodge(2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts), Hacienda/farm (1 nt).
  • 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Experienced local guide throughout specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.

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