Andean Discovery in Peru
Have an awesome Andean adventure and hike the Inca Trail!
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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12
Trip code: JML
Duration: 21 days
Spend 3 weeks on this Andean Discovery experience in Peru and Bolivia, including a 4-day hike along the legendary Inca Trail! Have an authentic adventure in the Andes as you discover the best of Peru and end up in beautiful Bolivia on this 3 week South American discovery tour. Be awed by ancient Incan sights such as the amazing lost city of Machu Picchu, the enigmatic Nazca Lines, and the charming city of Cusco. Hike the iconic Inca Trail for four days of trekking fun in spectacular scenery, and float across the legendary Lake Titicaca, enjoying an authentic village homestay. Catch a glimpse of the mighty condors in Colca Canyon or live it up in Lima or La Paz as you make the most of every South American minute of this Andean adventure tour.
- Spend three weeks exploring the delights of Peru and Bolivia on this top South American tour
- Explore lively Lima as you kick off your trip in style in Peru’s capital
- Spend four amazing days hiking the iconic Inca Trail in Peru, ending in one of the wonders of the world, magical Machu Picchu
- Choose an optional flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines
- Spot Condors at Colca Canyon, enjoy a homestay and see floating islands on lovely Lake Titicaca and finish your trip in the lively Bolivian city of La Paz
Discover the legendary Inca trail on this fantastic 3 week trip in Peru and Bolivia!
Please note: This trip can also be booked in reverse, from La Paz to Lima. Please contact us for more details.
Day 1: Lima
Arrive in Peru's lively capital city, Lima, at any time today.
Day 2: Lima/Huacachina
Travel on by bus to Huacachina today. Sandboard on the dunes as the sun goes down.
Day 3: HuacachinaNazca
Stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina en route to Nazca, home of the mysterious Nazca Lines.
Day 4: Nazca/Arequipa
Enjoy an awesome optional flight over the Nazca Lines before hopping on an overnight bus to Arequipa.
Day 5: Arequipa
Lap up the laid-back vibe in the Peruvian city of Arequipa, nicknamed the “White City” due to its colonial buildings. Take an optional visit to the Catalina Convent or relax in a local hot spring.
Day 6: Arequipa/Chivay
Enjoy a full-day tour of the breathtaking Colca Valley, one of the deepest canyons in the world. If you’re lucky you may just spot the king of the Andes, the Andean Condor!
Day 7: Chivay/Arequipa
Tour the Colca Canyon and keep an eye out for soaring condors, and other Peruvian animals such as alpacas, llamas and vicuñas.
Day 8: Arequipa/Cusco
Return to Arequipa for a free day before boarding an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 9 & 10: Cusco
For 2 days you'll have some free time to explore Cusco. Choose from an optional city tour or try optional activities such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 11: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Today you can enjoy an optional full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley, visit a women's weaving project and then visit the Pisac ruins before stopping for lunch at a community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco.
Day 12: Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp
Leave Ollantaytambo and travel by van to km 82 of the trail, where your epic hike begins!
Please note: Due to sustainable tourism regulations on the Inca Trail there is a cap on the number of people allowed to walk the trail on any one day. This may mean that on certain dates the trek permits have sold out and you will not be able to trek the Inca Trail. In this unlikely event you will take an alternate route to Machu Picchu. Speak to us for more information.
Day 13: Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp
An early start sees you climbing the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass, and which is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). You can expect to arrive at camp in the early afternoon, where you can switch off and relax in stunning surroundings.
Day 14: Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna
Two more passes are on the agenda today, plus more incredible Incan ruins. Your first pass to conquer is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where on a clear day you can see the spectacular, snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike gently through cloud forest to your second pass of the day, past Incan ruins and up to a height of 3,700m (12,136 ft) for sensational views of the Urubamba Valley.
At 3,650m (11,972 ft) you reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "Town Above the Clouds." Camp either here or 1.5 hrs further along, near the Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 15: Wiñaywayna/Cusco
Wake early, at around 3.30a.m for a pre-dawn hike to the stunning Sun Gate, where you can watch the sunrise. On a clear day you can catch your first glimpse of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu and you'll then hike on to the ancient ruined city of Machu Picchu for a guided tour and free time to explore. If time permits, you can also opt to visit the Inca Bridge.
Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet your guide and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 16: Cusco
Free day to discover Cusco at your own pace, or just relax.
Day 17: Cusco/Puno
Be awed as you travel through the high Altiplano region and on to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Day 18: Puno/ILago Titicaca
Board a boat towards Taquile Island, where you’ll enjoy a local lunch and some shopping in the local weaving cooperatives. Spend the night with a local family at a traditional homestay.
Day 19: Lago Titicaca/Puno
Discover the floating islands of the Uros people, home to around 300 families and inhabited for several centuries. The people make everything, including the islands themselves, solely from the Totora reeds that grow in Lake Titicaca. Spend a night with a local family and get a true feel of life on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Day 20: Puno/La Paz
Cross over the border into Bolivia and arrive in La Paz, the highest city you'll visit on your trip. Wander the markets, churches, museums and handicraft stalls. Celebrate the last night of your adventure!
Day 21: La Paz
Your Andean Discovery tour ends today in La Paz and you can depart at any time.
This itinerary can also be done in reverse, starting in La Paz and ending in Lima. Please contact a Travel Advisor for dates.
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You should arrange your own flight into Jorge Chavez International Airport in Callao, Lima. The airport is around 45-minutes’ drive from your hotel, and the simplest way to get there is by taking a taxi. Just beyond the customs and immigration area, towards the exits, there is an official taxi stand where you can pay a fixed price for the taxi (approximately USD27). There are no set activities planned on your first day so you are free to arrive at any time.
Please note, we can also arrange a private transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
On this Andean Discovery all 20 nights of accommodation are included. You will stay in a combination of hotel, hostel, homestay and camping accommodation. You will also spend some nights on overnight buses.
15 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners are included on this trip. Please allow an extra USD400-630 for meals not included.
The minimum age to take part in this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
All countries require a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity. You should contact your local embassy for current visa requirements for the countries visited during this trip. You should have a reasonable level of fitness to take part in this trip, especially if you are taking part in the 4-day Inca Trail hike.
Physical Rating: Demanding. Some activities on this trip will require a good level of fitness.
Please note: Due to recent changes, the Bolivian authorities now require all travellers to Bolivia to provide a Yellow Fever 'Certificate of Vaccination' on arrival. You should keep your Yellow Fever Certificate with your travel documents when entering Bolivia. As we are not medically trained we are not able to advise you about vaccinations - you should make an appointment with your GP before travelling to get up to date information and advice about receiving the vaccination and other health considerations.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.