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Reception at the arrival of your international flight at Jorge Chavez airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel. An English representative will greet you at the airport and hand you over your travel documents. Night at the hotel El Tambo 2 de mayo.
You will be transferred to the Lima airport to take your flight. Flight to Arequipa.
Reception at Arequipa airport and transfer to the hotel. Half day dedicated to the discovery of Arequipa, the "white city". Enjoy a guided tour of the colonial downtown including the main square, the cathedral, the Jesuit church and convent as well as the Santa Catalina monastery. This small city hidden within the city is full of beautiful lanes lined with ochre, blue and white colored houses, small squares and fountains that are reminiscent of Andalucia. Night at the hotel La Maison d'Elise.
In the morning, departure in a private vehicle with your guide for the Colca Canyon. On the way, we will pass through the Pampa Cañahua nature reserve area where we can possibly observe vicunas and other camelids. We will stop at the Patapampa pass at an altitude of 4,900 m to view the surrounding volcanoes of Ampato, Sacanbaya and Hualca-Hualca. Arrival in Chivay and transfer to the village of Coporaque (7 km).
Coporaque, the cradle of the Collagua culture, where the Inca empire began its expansion at the time of the Inca Mayta Capac and later became the residence of Francisco Pizarro's brother. This quiet village lives on agriculture, livestock and more recently, rural community tourism. It maintains its customs, traditions and culture while opening up to the world and presenting its natural wonders, flora, fauna and landscapes. Installation at the family where you will have lunch.
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to practice various activities to be defined with the family including:
- Visit of the village of Coporaque (Church, Plaza de Armas, cultural house ...)
- Walk of about 45 minutes to the thermal baths of the village crossing the fields of culture arranged in Andean terraces (entrance fee to be paid in situ: 15 soles)
- Initiation to agricultural work (picking, milking cows ...)
- Walk to San Antonio Archaeological Site
- Help with the preparation of meals with the family.
Dinner at the family and evening gathering. Overnight homestay in Coporaque. n the afternoon, visit the local market in Chivay and rest time in the local hot springs (entrance fee included).
After breakfast we will start our day with a stop at Cruz del Condor, at the heart of Colca, to observe Andean condors flying and appreciate the depth of the canyon (1200m). Along the way stop at the traditional villages of Yanque (3,417m) and Maca (3,262m), at the lookout points of Antahuilque (point of observation to appreciate the Canyon in its width and its agricultural use: terraced crops) and Choquetico, the pre-Inca cemetery ( hanging tombs).. You will admire the overflight of the condors. Then, our next stop will be at the village of Cabanaconde through the viewpoint of Tapay. Walk around the village of Cabanaconde to go to the viewpoint of Achachiwa to see in the Canyon the oasis of Sangalle and the villages of Malata and Cosñirhua.
Then return to Chivay and passing through the villages of Madrigal (3,291 m) junction point between the right bank and the left bank of the Canyon, Lari (3,405 m) famous for its eighteenth-century church called the divine Conception and considered as a real fortress with its massive towers, its robust buttresses and its ample dome and finally Uchupampa (3,445 m) known for its portico of colonial architecture. Free lunch.
Transfer back to your hotel have a free afternoon. Night at the hotel Killawasi.
Breakfast and return journey back to Arequipa. You take a touristic bus from Chivay to Puno. On the way, you will stop at the Patapampa Volcano Viewpoint (4950 masl), pass through the crater of Chucura Volcano, and stop at Lagunillas to observe birds and lagoons. You will arrive in Puno around 19h30.
Private transport Puno - Kasani to reach the Bolivian border and start visiting Titicaca lake. Transport Kasani - Copacabana. A boat takes us to the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), where we disembark at the old Inca Palace of Pilkokaina.
A 1h15 walk brings us to the village of Yumani, from where there is a magnificent view of the lake. Night at the Palla Khasa Lodge and Travel.
In the morning, a short hop by motorboat first takes us to Pilkokaina temple, south of the island. This palace was built by Inca Tupac Yupanqui for its pilgrimages on the island. We then head to Isla de la Luna where we visit the temple of the Ñustas, The Inca virgins. We then come back to Copacabana. Cold lunch (included).
In the morning we drive along the shores of Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real, before bifurcating towards the archeological site of Tiwanaku. Guided visit of the pre-Colombian vestiges counting among some of the most important of the continent. Return to La Paz in the afternoon.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport. A private driver will pick you up at the airport. We begin today our journey across the Sur Lipez area, elevated region of colorful landscapes and lagoons, rock formations and volcanoes. We will start the day at 09:30 am with the visit of the train cemetery on the outskirts of Uyuni. Here a collection of old rusted train engines remind the glorious mining past of the region. We will then ride south and make different stops on the road to visit villages, in particular the model urbanization of Culpina K. Here the population has decided to waive working in mines and organized to ensure that the whole community can live from the culture of quinoa and from community based tourism.
We will have lunch in the village of San Cristobal, where we can visit a beautiful colonial church if we are lucky (it is not always open). We will then cross the region of Rio Grande to reach the village of Villamar (4022 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. Distance covered today in our private jeep: 190 km.
During our second day in the Sur Lipez we will discover the most famous highlights of the region. We start the day with the Laguna Colorada (el. 4278 m.a.s.l.). This immense lake of pinkish water owes its name to the presence in its waters of light-sensitive phytoplankton, which also attracts thousands of flamingo part of the year. We will then visit the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.), a volcanic crater with sulfur springs and boiling mud. Next stop: the Polques thermal springs. You are almost 4200 m.a.s.l. but get ready to jump into hot water (86°F/30°C), surrounded by an amazing frozen landscape. We will then jump back into the jeeps and ride along the Laguna Salada and the Dali Desert (el. 4750 m.a.s.l.). Here the strong wind has created surprising rock formations that remind the work of the Spanish master.
Short before midday, we will reach the Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde (el. 4350 m.a.s.l.), at the foot of volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5704 and 5960 m.a.s.l.). After having driven around 170 km we are here at the very south of Bolivia, close to the border with Chile. From here we will drive 90 km back to the Laguna Colorada, where we will spend the night.
This morning we head north to the Siloli Desert (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) and its famous “Stone Tree”. Keep your eyes wide open: it is not unusual to spot some viscachas (Andean rabbits) in this area. We will then ride along the Chilean border on the scenic “Route of the Jewels”, which owes its name to all the lagoons along its way: Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda, Cañapa.
These lagoons are home to three species of flamingoes. We will stop at the viewpoint of volcano Ollagüe (el. 5868 m.a.s.l.). This volcano is still active and shelters one of the world’s highest open pit copper mines and then cross the small Salar de Chiguana located at the foot of volcano Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.). After a 230 km ride we will reach the village of San Juan (el. 3600 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night. This small village is famous for its surprising mummies of the “Lipez Lords” (1200 after J.C) and its interesting small museum.
Today we leave the Sur Lipez and go for a unique moment: driving across the world’s largest salt flat! After a two hour ride we will reach the famous Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.). We will then ride half an hour on the salt desert (34 km) to reach the Island of Incahuasi. This surprising island lost in the middle of the Salar offers an incredible view over the Salar and the several volcanos that surround it. Of volcanic origin, it is covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (stromatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on earth).
In the afternoon, we continue losing ourselves on the white desert for an hour and a half more (73 km) until arriving to the city of Uyuni. Just before leaving the Salar, we will stop in the village of Colchani to visit its salt exploitation and salt hotel (closed since 2001).
Departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for a journey to Potosí (3 to 4 hours on a road). We will traverse all the Cordillera Frailes before reaching the Imperial city in the afternoon. Stop on the way in Pulacayo, which was the second most important silver mine in South America in the 19th century. It is now an almost abandoned village, where we can visit a museum keeping traces of its past glory. Free time for the rest of the day (we recommend the visit of the Santa Teresa Convent). Our guide will pick us up at 2:00 pm to visit the Casa de la Moneda, one of the most important historical buildings of the city - one of those which owed the city to be listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Until the 19th century the coins of the Spanish crown were minted here. This beautiful colonial house is now an important historical museum.
This morning we will get to know the mines of the “Rich Hill”. Our guide will pick us up at 9 am at the hotel lobby and we will go to the Cerro Rico to visit the mine and see the miners at work. This encounter can be overwhelming since the miners (of all ages) work in very hard conditions.
NOTE: It is possible to visit the mine everyday but the miners do not work on Sundays and the activity is greatly reduced on Saturdays and Mondays.
We will leave Potosí in a private car to reach the nice small colonial city of Sucre (el. 2810 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. We will leave behind the Altiplano and descend to the Chuquisaca Valley. Here we will cross the Pilcomayo River on the Sucre Bridge; an interesting structure that looks like a medieval construction, even if built in the 19th century. We will arrive in Sucre after around 3 hours on the road (160 km).
Today we spend the day in the beautiful “white city” of Sucre. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the constitutional capital of Bolivia is famous for its flair of quietness, its beautiful colonial architecture and its numerous churches. Our guide will pick us up at 9 am in the lobby of the hotel to guide us through the most famous buildings and museums of the city. We will start with the Convento de la Recoleta, monastery of the Franciscan order built in 1601. We will then learn more about the culture of the region and the country in the Museum of Indigenous Art (ASUR) and about the Bolivian history in The Casa de la Libertad, where the Independence Act was signed in 1825. We will end the day visiting the Monastery of San Felipe Nery, enjoying a beautiful view over the city from its terrace.
NOTE: Museums are closed as following: Convento de la Recoleta, ASUR and Monastery of San Felipe Nery on Sundays, Casa de la Libertad on Mondays.
A private driver will take you to the airport. Domestic flight Sucre - La Paz.
A private driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. This afternoon our guide will show us the historical center of the city. We will meet at 02:00 pm at the hotel lobby. From the Plaza San Francisco (the main square of La Paz) we will go up the Sagarnaga street, where it is hard to resist the temptation of buying some local handicraft sold all along the street. We will stop in the Witches Market (“Mercado de las Brujas”) where the locals buy all the necessary artifacts for ceremonial offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth): coca leaves and other medicinal plants, miniature figurines in sugar and lama fetuses.
We will then wander in the different markets of San Pedro before we go the Plaza Murillo. This square is the political heart of the city since it has become the executive capital of Bolivia in 1899: here are the Presidential Palace and the National Congress.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport. Flight from La Paz to Cusco. Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to the hotel. English speaking assistance from airport to hotel. Departure for an half-day dedicated to the discovery of Cuzco's historical downtown.
In the morning, visits of the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and of the Cathedral, exhibiting some paintings from the School of Cuzco and many goldsmith’s art, silver and precious stones treasures. Then we walk down to the San Blas quarter (the artists’ place).
You leave early in the morning in a private transport to Pisac village, known for its ruins and its artesanal market. You then go to Amaru village, and meet your hosts, local villagers living at more than 3800 meters of altitude. They will show you their weaving tecnics, and you will then have a lunch prepared by the community.
In the afternoon, you will be able to participate in several activities with the community. You will also be able to walk till a laguna located at 4200m of altitude and enjoy the landscape of the Sacred Valley mountains. You then come back to the village for a diner and night with the Amaru habitants. Departure with a private bus to Pisac and Amaru.
Included: excursion (private), english speaking guide, guide expenses, private transport
In the early morning, you breakfast with the family and then leave in a private transport along the sacred river Urubamba. You will visit the cultural site of Moray, an old agricultural Inca lab. Then you will discover Maras: salt works in the middle of the mountains! You then walk down until the Urubamba valley where the transport will take you to Ollantaytambo. There, you will visit the fortress, that was a military, religious and agricultural center. Train to Aguas Calientes, starting point for visiting Machu Picchu. Afternoon train.
Direct connection to the shuttle service that will drive you to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Departures, for the ascent and as well as the descent, run every 5 minutes. Ascent of Montaña Machu Picchu about 4 hours round trip (subject to availability at the time of booking).
Afternoon train. Reception at Ollantaytambo's train station and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
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