PE2 PERU & BOLIVIA TOURSEARCH TOUR
Incan Secrets & 'The Tibet of the Americas'
Mysterious Machu Picchu-a must see!; Exploring Cuzco and the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"; Colourful Chinchero & Pisac markets; Venice Simplon Orient-Express "Andean Explorer" train; The Floating Islands of Puno; Sacred island of the Sun
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Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Mon 26 Jun 2017||Sun 09 Jul 2017||$3230 USD|
|Mon 25 Sep 2017||Sun 08 Oct 2017||$3230 USD|
|Mon 06 Nov 2017||Sun 19 Nov 2017||$3230 USD|
|Mon 29 Jan 2018||Sun 11 Feb 2018||$3230 USD|
|Mon 05 Feb 2018||Sun 18 Feb 2018||$3230 USD|
|Mon 30 Apr 2018||Sun 13 May 2018||$3230 USD|
|Mon 25 Jun 2018||Sun 08 Jul 2018||$3230 USD|
|Mon 24 Sep 2018||Sun 07 Oct 2018||$3230 USD|
|Mon 05 Nov 2018||Sun 18 Nov 2018||$3230 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $360 USD (number of singles limited).
Landing in Lima, once dubbed 'City of Kings' by Spanish conquistadors, we begin our 14-day adventure through western and central South America by touring majestic churches, exquisite palaces, fascinating underground catacombs and museums displaying remarkable pre-Incan gold artifacts, including one said to hold the largest collection of gold in the world.
Making our way through the scenic 'Sacred Valley of the Incas,' we see many Inca cave tombs carved into the valley walls, and then it's on to one of the most famous attractions in the Americas and most memorable sights in the world: 'The Lost City of the Incas'; Machu Picchu. A place of great mystery and intrigue, no one can say for certain what role this ancient city of stone palaces, towers, temples and staircases played in ancient Incan civilisation, since there exist no records or artifacts to corroborate or disprove any theories.
After a day or two wandering amid incredible ruins, we set off for the Cuzco region, an area whose Spanish colonial buildings lie atop Incan temples and ancient Incan stone walls line the central streets to this day. We pass through villages of mud brick houses wherein people adorned in traditional dress barter with one another in colourful local markets and take a day-long train ride past the towering snow-capped peaks of the Andes and vast, wild plains where vicuna and alpaca are often seen.
Travelling into Bolivia, we stop in at various small towns famous for their colonial churches and architecture and wander through the blossoming gardens of vibrant Moorish cathedrals and other religious sites that were borne from a fusion of pagan and Catholic beliefs. We cast off for a short boat trip in beautiful surroundings and then make our way into the most densely populated region of the country to find out about contemporary life in Bolivia and learn about yet another 'lost civilisation'; the Tiahuanaco, whose disappearance from the area in the distant past remains unexplained to this day.
Dalla D. (Vancouver, BC, CA)
All the excursions were excellent and most enjoyable. The Peruvian horses were exquisite and certainly worth while seeing and riding. All of the Churches were very interesting
Deirdre L. (Toronto, ON, CA)
Machu Picchu was of course wonderful, but also really enjoyed the smaller Inca sites, Annamaria did a good job explaining the culture of each site. At Ollantaytambo... special site, did the 300 steps.. visiting the home. Visit to Llama, alpaca farm hacienda, seeing the weaving etc. Pisac market, seeing the produce.Train from Curzo to Puno- wonderful scenery of the alta plana and sense of the mountains. Floating islands, very informative and fun. Enjoyed the hike on Isla del Sol... wonderful scenery and interesting.
Denise S. (Scarborough, ON, CA)
Diego Vidal is certainly an asset to your organization. He brings wisdom, a sense of humour and unbounding energy (not an easy feat in the Andes)to the job.
Donna L. (Brooklyn, NY, US)
Enjoyed everything and our tour leader was exceptional, and the local guides were informative and wonderful. Machu Picchu was the best, of course. The transportation was great! The evening meals were delicious. Our tour leader was extremely patient, knowledgeable, available, approachable and able to care for all. We always felt confident in his ability to take care of us. He was always upbeat and interested in us individually as well as a group. The hotels on this tour were excellent. I couldn't have hoped for a better experience.
Eva R. (Canmore, AB, CA)
The major early highlight was the first night in Lima-- great ambiance--Paso horses show, dance performance, Pisco sours and a very good dinner buffet in the Hacienda(probably the best meal of the trip).
Jillian W. (Bellevue, WA, 1)
I particularly enjoyed Machu Picchu, of course. Cusco was great. Lake Titicaca is lovely. All of the local guides were great. Our tour leader was excellent. I would definitely go on another trip with him. Hotels we also excellent, great trip!
Judy T. (Columbus, NE, US)
Particularly enjoyed Machu Picchu. I liked taking the train from Urubamba to Agua Caqlientes. The train experience was fun and the scenery beautiful. Every single local guide was excellent. All the food was excellent. Our tour leader gets an A plus from me. He is adaptable, patient and very knowledgeable. All hotels were great choices.
Kenneth G. (DALLAS, US)
We did more fabulous things than I ever could have imagined.
Marina J. (Ottawa, ON, CA)
Machu Picchu was wonderful! I enjoyed the horse farm with our first taste of pisco sours and tiny potatoes with mustard sauce. The llama and alpaca farm and sale of goods was excellent. The floating islands of Los Uros were fascinating. The hike on Isla del Sol was enjoyable. Also, the variety of transportation made the trip interesting - boat, train, bus.
Pauline Z. (Pincher Creek, AB, CA)
I enjoyed all of the excursions - particularly Machu Picchu, Floating Islands and Tiahuanaco - Also enjoyed the cathedrals/churches. I enjoyed all of the local guides - very passionate and knowledgeable. The evening meal plan met my expectations. I enjoyed the variety of transportation used - seemed to add to the adventurous nature of the tour - particularly enjoyed the train and boat rides. Our tour leader was exception - he handled group dynamics very diplomatically. He had a wonderful attitude - everyone would comment on his abilities. He was very passionate, knowledgeable and great ability in being able to present information and captivate his audience with brilliant presentations.
Ruta L. (Racine, WI, US)
We enjoyed the paso horse hacienda much more than I thought I would; it was a charming visit and the host made me feel very special and welcome. The floating islands were amazing!
Suzanne M. (Knoxville, TN, US)
All city guides were good to outstanding. All excursions were good. Visits to Larco Museum in Lima was outstanding - Also the horse farm outside Lima was very special.Trains were great! All transport good.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Location: La Paz
Plaza Hotel La Paz is well-located and featured, making it suitable for all kind of travellers. Rooms are well-furnished with ... amenities. The hotel has two dining venues, which serves international cuisine in a warm and graceful atmosphere. The photo (left) was taken from one of the rooms.
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Hotel Rosario del Lago
The hotel is situated in a very privileged location overlooking the bay, an ideal setting for enjoying the views of ... lake and the incomparable sunsets. Decorated in a colonial style, all 28 comfortable rooms enjoy views of the lake. Rooms feature: telephone, electric heaters, TV, private bathroom with hair dryer.
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Royal Inka II
This charming colonial property offers local flavour and friendly service. Modern rooms offer individual heating, colour TV, international telephone.
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Hotel Casona de Yucay
53 comfortable and cozy rooms, all of which are decorated in a local style. Rooms with ample windows with views ... colourful gardens, mountains, and countryside. Rooms feature heat and hot water, safety deposit box, telephone, private bath.
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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and local restaurants). All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered throughout the year. The cool and dry season runs from May to October; outside this time you will encounter warmer but perhaps rainy / misty conditions in the mountains. Serious heat / humidity are only a consideration in Lima.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Road transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces. Most of this tour occurs at high altitude and, though our itinerary spends a night at Yucay before climbing higher to Cuzco, some people are affected-check with your doctor. Scenic VISTADOME train Aguas Calientes - Cuzco, Venice Simplon Orient-Express "Andean Explorer" train to Puno. Internal flight via scheduled local carrier.
Well-located, heated / air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports and train stations.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver/s, and local step on guides.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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