Peru, Bolivia & Chile

Country Combination

17 days

Itinerary

Lima │Arequipa│Colca Canyon │ Puno │ Cusco │ Sacred Valley│Machu Picchu│ La Paz │ Uyuni │San Pedro

 

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Day 1: Arrival Lima

After your arrival in Lima you are picked up at the airport and brought to your hotel. You then explore the city beginning with the city district of Miraflores, then San Isidro, and finally to the historical parts like the city center and the San Francisco Convent.

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Day 2: Lima – Arequipa

In the morning you fly from Lima to Arequipa. Upon arrival you are welcomed and brought to your hotel. In the afternoon you enjoy a city tour in Arequipa. The indisputable highlight of this tour is the visit to the mystical Santa Catalina Convent, but you will also visit the center, the main square, and the cathedral.

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Day 3: Arequipa – Colca Canyon

Today you visit the impressive Colca Canyon which is one of the deepest in the world with an altitude difference of 9,842ft/3,000m. While riding through the impressive landscapes of the Salinas National Reserve and Aguas Blancas, passing an altitude of 15,748ft/4,800 m, you will have the opportunity to see llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas in the wild. For lunch you visit the city of Chivay, where you can relax.

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Day 4: Colca Canyon – Puno

After an early breakfast you drive to “Cruz del Condor“, a lookout point at an altitude of 12,139ft/ 3,700m on the edge of Colca Canyon, where you have a marvelous view of Río Colca, situated in the valley at a mere 3,937ft/1,700m. From here we may observe the majestic king of the Andes rising up in the morning sun, the condor. Afterwards you drive to Puno.

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Day 5: Puno – Uros – Taquile – Puno

Today you go on a full-day boat excursion on Lake Titicaca. During the visit of the floating reed islands – the islands of the Uros- you learn about the traditional way of living of the Uros culture and get to know how the islands were built. You also get the unique opportunity to take a ride in one of the famous “totora boats”. Afterwards you go to Taquile Island where you have lunch. The island is famous for its “knitting men”. Enjoy the spectacular view over Lake Titicaca before you return to Puno in the afternoon.

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Day 6: Puno – Cusco

Early in the morning you are brought to the bus station where you depart on a comfortable tourist bus that takes you to Cusco. On the long, but comfortable, ride you’ll have several stops to visit the Temple of Raqchi, the Andahuayllas church, and the “Museo de la Cultura Pukara”. In the early evening you arrive in Cusco and are brought to your hotel.

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Day 7: Cusco

After breakfast you go on a half-day city tour. In the tour you’ll visit the magnificent “Plaza de Armas“ and the beautiful Coricancha Cathedral. Afterward you continue to the famous “Piedra de 12 Angulos“ and to some impressive ruins close to Cusco, such as the huge “Saqusayhuaman“ fortress. After lunch you have the rest of the day free to enjoy the exceptional atmosphere of this unique city.

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Day 8: Cusco – Sacred Valley

Today you go on a tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You visit Chinchero, the salt terraces of Maras, and the archeology complex of Moray. In the afternoon you reach your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

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Day 9: Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes

In the morning you visit the ruins in Ollantaytambo before starting your train ride to Aguas Calientes. Once you arrive you are welcomed and are brought to your hotel.

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Day 10: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You start the day with a ride to the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu. During the tour through the citadel, you visit many highlights such as the commanding main square, the round tower, the holy solar clock, the royal chambers, or the Temple of the Three Windows. After the tour, you have some free time to stroll through these mystical ruins and enjoy the incredible sights before you head back to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon. By train you ride back to Poroy, where you are picked up and be brought to your Hotel.

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Day 11: Cusco

This day you can spend as you please!

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Day 12: Cusco – La Paz

In the morning you fly from Cusco to La Paz and upon arrival you are transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you enjoy a city tour and get to know the “Plaza Murillo” and “Plaza San Francisco” as well as the picturesque street “Calle Jaén”. Another highlight is a ride on the cable car that connects the higher district “El Alto”. You finally ride back down until reaching the moon valley.

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Day 13: La Paz – La Paz

This day you can spend as you please! Opcional bike ride to Coroico.

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Day 14: La Paz – Uyuni – Salar – San Juan

In the morning you fly to Uyuni and start your tour through the salt desert. First you visit the train cemetery and the town Colchani where you learn about the salt mining. Afterward you visit the well-known Incahuasi Island and continue your way to San Juan where you spend the night.

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Day 15: San Juan – San Pedro

In the early morning you start your ride to San Pedro through the salt dessert. On your way you visit the petrified tree, the “laguna colorada”, and the “laguna verde”. Then you cross the border to Chile in Hito Cajones where a transfer is waiting for you to bring you to San Pedro de Atacama. Welcome to Chile!

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Day 16: San Pedro

You can spend the morning as you please. In the afternoon you can enjoy a tour to the Moon Valley and afterward to the Death Valley where you watch the sunset.

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DAY 17: San Pedro – Calama – Santiago: Departure

Today you are transferred to the airport to take a flight to Santiago de Chile and continue your travels.

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