Wonders of Machu Picchu & Uyuni Salt flats - Holidays in Peru & Bolivia

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HIGHLIGHTS: Lima - Cusco - Valle Sagrado - Machu Picchu - Cusco / Visiting Orphanages and Shcools and Bolivia, La Paz, Uyuni salt flats

Explore through two of South America’s wonders, Machu Picchu and Uyuni. Traveling through Peru and enjoy the delights of this ancient culture by interacting with friendly locals, and experiencing cities and villages on your way to visiting to the majestic Machu Picchu. Discover this incredible landscape in Bolivia, Uyuni the largest salt flats in the world also in some seasons get to be the great World’s largest mirror effect in the salt lake. Don’t miss these two wonderful destinations and enjoy your holidays in South America.

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  • Day 1: Arrival to Lima
  • Day 2: Lima – Cusco & Sacred Valley (Private service) ((+Awanacancha))
  • Day 3: Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes O’N (Private service)
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu
  • Day 5: Cusco Archaeological
  • Day 6: Cusco - Puno
  • Day 7: Lake Titicaca (Uros & Taquile)
  • Day 8: Bolivia/Copacabana - Sun Island - La Paz O’N
  • Day 9: La Paz Tihuanaco - Uyuni
  • Day 10 - 13: Uyuni 4D/3N
  • Day 13: Uyuni - La Paz
  • Day 14: La Paz - Lima

Day 1 Lima
Arrival at the International Jorge Chavez airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel in Lima, the capital of Peru

Day 2 Lima - Cusco & Sacred Valley
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Lima, to take the flight to Cusco. When you arrive to Cusco we will be waiting for you at Cusco Velasco Astete Airport. Then you will be transfer to the Sacred Valley, with a stop in local rural community, where you will meet traditional women from the Andes, showing you the typical and traditional way to weave, with wonderful natural threads and colors. Then you will continue your trip to the Sacred Valley along the urubamba river, to rest and relax the rest of the afternoon in your hotel.

Day 3 Sacred Valley Excursion
After an early breakfast we will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel and begin the Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour. Our first stop will be to visit the archaeological site and traditional market of Pisac. After your tour of Pisac we will make our way to Urubamba where you will enjoy a delicious local lunch.
After lunch we will make our way to the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the ancient Inca Fortress and terraces. After the tour we will bring you to the Ollantaytambo train station where you will enjoy a ride in your Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes. The train will follow the Vilcanota River for approximately 1½ hr. When you arrive, we will meet you and take your hotel in Aguas Calientes for a restful and relaxing evening.
Optional:

  • Additional Vistadome Train Service, more comfortable, with panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature.
  • Additional Belmond Hiram Bingham Train Service, more exclusive and luxurious train, with an elegant dining car and a bar car.

Day 4 Machu Picchu Tour
We will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you to the bus station for your train to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will then enjoy a professional guided tour of one of the Modern Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, one of the most mysterious and magical places in the world
After your tour you will have some extra free time to Explore before returning to the train station for your train and transfer back to the hotel in Cusco.
Optional:

  • Entrance fee to Hike the Huaynapicchu Mountain or the Machupicchu Mountain
**Machu Picchu is considered one of the most extraordinary examples of landscapes architecture in the world, and it is located at the top of the mountain with the same name at 2,430m where was built the extraordinary city, surrounded by agricultural terraces, water natural springs with stairways and canals carved out of stone are recurrent throughout this remarkable archaeological site.

Day 5 Cusco
Today you will have a free morning to rest, relax and explore in the beautiful ancient capital of the Incas. We highly suggest visiting the San Pedro market, the neighborhood of Artisans of San Blas, or the Central Artesanal where you can find many handicrafts made by the locals.
In the afternoon at the appropriate time we will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and start the tour. We will visit the main square or Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Coricancha or Temple of the Sun. Afterwards we will make our way outside the city to the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, PucaPucara and Tambomachay. After a tour of each location we will bring you back to your hotel for a restful evening.

Day 6 Tour Bus to Puno
Early in the morning we will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel and bring you to the bus terminal where you will catch your tour bus to Puno (approx. 9 hours). During the journey you will visit the Town and Church of Andahuaylillas, this church is also known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to the rich colonial artworks and painted murals that cover the walls, ceilings, and arches. Then the bus will stop at the archaeological site of Raqchi, temple dedicated to Wiracocha God; the central part is built from adobe bricks.
After the bus will stop in Sicuani to have a basic lunch and have a little rest. Then the journey will continue, on the way the bus will make a short stop in the Pass of La Raya, the highest point on the way at 4,400 masl. and the limit between Cusco and Puno regions. Then trip continues to Pukara museum and site, after this visit the bus will continue to Puno.
When you arrive to Puno we will be waiting to bring you to your hotel for a restful and relaxing evening.
Optional:

  • A Luxury Belmond Andean Explorer Train Service from Cusco to Puno. Also a route considered by some travel magazines one of the most beautiful in the world. Also this train runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; since April runs also on fridays.

Day 7 Puno & Lake Titicaca Tour (Uros and Taquile Islands)
After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the Port to take a boat for an unforgettable journey around Lake Titicaca. Our first stop is in the floating Islands of Uros. These Islands were constructed by hand using locally grown reeds, they also use this material to build their houses, boats and other domestic items.
After a visit to the Uros Islands where you will learn about the ancient traditions and way of life we will continue the journey to Taquile Island, also an Island inhabited by Quechua speakers (the language of the Incas) who have developed an efficient organization system, and their work in agriculture and textile with ancient techniques.
After a tour of the island and meeting with the locals we will take the boat back to Puno. When you arrive to the port we will bring you back to your hotel for a restful evening.

Day 8 Puno - Copacabana - Sun Island - La Paz
At the appropriate time your transfer will pick you up and bring you to Bus Station to go to Copacabana in Bolivia side (3.5 hrs approx.). Arriving in Copacabana around noon.
Early in the afternoon you will go by boat for the Sun island Excursion, visiting the Yumani stairs, the Fountain of the Youth, and the beautiful panoramic view of the Lake surrounded of the range of snow mountain.
Return to Copacabana town. Then continue by bus to La Paz city, the commercial capital of Bolivia country.
Arrival and transfer to your hotel for a restful and relaxing evening.

Days 9 La Paz - Tiahuanaco - Uyuni
After breakfast our representative will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel to start the tour around the wonderful tour around Tiahuanaco archaeological site. On the way you will appreciate the beautiful landscape of the mountain range “Real of the Andes”.
Afternoon free to relax and enjoy the city.
At night you will be transferred to El Alto airport for your night flight to Uyuni for approx. 1 hour. Arrival in Uyuni town and transfer to your hostel.
Optional:

  • A private City tour of La Paz City and visit to some traditional markets.
  • An early flight from La Paz to Uyuni on next day (D10)

Day 10 Uyuni: Colchani - Tunupa Volcano
After breakfast we will start the great journey adventure, our first stop will be Colchani to see the how the locals extract and process the salt. Then we continue towards Inkawasi Island, where we see the first Hotel built from Salt blocks. Wonderful view surrounded of huge cactus and its own ecosystem. On the way you get the magnificent view of the endless Uyuni Salt Lake and the colors the salt lake produce are just amazing spectacle at the sunset. Arrival in small village of Tahua. (B,L,D)
San Juan, the ancient church and small local cemetery.
**During Wet season (from Jan-March), the program has some changes, usually is 3 days visiting Salt Lake and the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve.

Day 11 Uyuni: Tunupa Volcano - San Juan
Amazing sunrise to do not miss. After breakfast, we hike the Tunupa Volcano, for about 2 hours, since this point you get a unique view of the famous Uyuni Salt Lake surrounded of the inactive volcanoes, special for the photography lovers. The journey continues crossing the immense Salt Lake towards San Juan village to the south. (B,L,D)
**During Wet season (from Jan-March), the program has some changes, usually is 3 days visiting Salt Lake and the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve.

Day 12 Uyuni: San Juan - Laguna Colorada
After breakfast the journey continues going through different adventure experiences such as seeing more volcanoes mildly active, several beautiful lagoons where we can see 3 species of flamingo. By the afternoon we will cross the Siloli Desert, with an interesting Altiplano (Flat in the Andes) landscape as huge mass of rocks have been carved by the wind and water for millennia of years, such as the Stone Tree or “Arbol de Piedra”.
Late in the afternoon, we arrive to Laguna Colorada, inside of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve great too see and Andean wildlife. (B,L,D)
**During Wet season (from Jan-March), the program has some changes, usually is 3 days visiting Salt Lake and the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve.

Day 13 Uyuni: Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde - Uyuni - La Paz
An early visit to see the steaming geysers and the mud boiling pools that with the sunset brings a surreal beautiful view. We have the chance to soak and enjoy a natural hot springs, to then continue more wonderful different landscapes until be back into the Uyuni town. Time to rest and relax in the little town of Uyuni. At appropriate time we take you to the airport if you have a night flight to La Paz. Arrival and we take you to your hotel in La Paz. (B,L)
Optional:

  • Transfer to Hito Cajon and to San pedro de Atacama, for those who have a Trip to Chile to continue.

Day 14 La Paz Departure
At the appropriate time your transfer will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel and bring you to the El Alto Airport where you will catch your international flight back home.
Optional:

  • Flight from La Paz back to Lima, where you can also take your international flight to continue home.
End of our services.

INCLUDED

*Tours, Excursions & Required Entrance Fees : Group & Shared Tours

  • Day 02: Visiting a local community at the Sacred Valley
  • Day 03: Visiting the Sacred Valley archaeological sites (Pisac & Ollanta)
  • Day 04: Machu Picchu
  • Day 05: Cusco Archaeological
  • Day 06: Cusco - Puno excursions
  • Day 07: Uros and Taquile Islands, Lake Titicaca - Peru side
  • Day 08: Sun Island, Lake Titicaca - Bolivia side
  • Day 09: Tihuanaco
  • Day 10-13: Uyuni

*Transfers:

  • Day 01: Lima Airport – Lima Hotel
  • Day 02: Lima Hotel - Lima Airport
  • Day 02: Cusco Airport – Sacred Valley
  • Day 03: Sacred Valley/ Ollanta Hotel – Ollanta Train station
  • Day 04: Ollantaytambo/Poroy – Cusco Hotel
  • Day 06: Cusco Hotel - Cusco Bus terminal
  • Day 08: Puno Hotel - Puno Bus Terminal
  • Day 08: Bus Puno - Copacabana
  • Day 08: Copacabana Bus terminal - Lake Port - Bus Terminal
  • Day 08: Bus Copacabana - La Paz
  • Day 09: La Paz Hotel - La Paz Airport
  • Day 09: Uyuni Airport - Uyuni Hostel
  • Day 13: Uyuni town - Uyuni Airport
  • Day 13: La Paz Airport - La Paz Hotel
  • Day 14: La Paz Hotel - La Paz Airport

*Train:

  • Expedition Train Round trip: Ollantaytambo/Poroy – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/Poroy

*Flights:

  • Lima - Cusco - Lima.
  • La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz

*Guides

  • Professional Tour Guide English/Spanish speaking in every visit
  • The tour guides in Uyuni are usually intermediate English level.

*Lodging

  • 01 Night of accommodation at Hotel in Lima
  • 01 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in the Sacred Valley
  • 01 Nights of accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Cusco
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in Puno
  • 02 Nights of accommodation at Hotel in La Paz
  • 03 Nights of accommodation in Uyuni (see options)

*Meals

  • 10 breakfasts at the hotels
  • 01 Lunch at the Sacred Valley
  • 03 Breakfast, 03 Lunch, 03 Dinner at Uyuni

**Extra:

  • In Uyuni the excursion is in a Toyota vehicle 4x4 with an experienced driver
Personalized assistance by during your whole trip

NO INCLUDED

  • Meals not described on itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Transfers, Entrance Fees & Tour Guides for The Optionals on itinerary (See Optionals part)
  • Sleeping bags

OPTIONALS

Cusco - Machu Picchu:

  • Vistadome Train Service, more comfortable, with panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature. Snack included and non-alcoholic hot and cold beverages. Saqra Dances and Fashion Show on the return trip from the Machu Picchu Station.
  • Additional Belmond Hiram Bingham Train Service, more exclusive and luxurious train, with an elegant dining car, a bar car, and the observatory, where you can take in the unmatched scenery in the open air while sipping on a traditional Peruvian cocktail and listening to live local music. The trip Includes a cocktail, once onboard, the maître will invite you to a brunch and gourmet lunch. The return trip includes a fine dining experience at dinner. In both ways, you can accompany your meals with beverages (non-premium) and an excellent wine selection, pisco sour, cusqueña beer. Live music and dances. Included a guided tour to Machu Picchu, for the travellers in Belmond Hiram Bingham train service. Also includes an afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel with wi-fi. *At the moment the Observation balcony Car is closed for operational reasons.

Huaynapicchu Mountain - Machu Picchu:

  • Entrance fee for HuaynaPicchu Mountain: Additional cost of $20.00 per person if the confirmation is at time of the booking. If the confirmation is received after the time of booking a full entrance fee with Huayan Picchu must be purchased at the cost of $80.00 per person. Also it depends of availability, there is two schedules 7:00am and 10:00am (To visit the first schedule may be necessary to travel the night before to Aguas Calientes and spend the night there).

NOTES

  • Please have a print copy of your final itinerary due to days prior of the trip may be some changes that can slightly change.
  • The itinerary has some flexibility; in order to offer a better service occasionally it may be necessary to change or make some alterations.
  • If at the time of booking, the hotels listed are no longer available, we will book another available hotel of the same category, and we will let you know before arrival.