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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.
Half-day dedicated to the visit of the Peruvian capital. Exploration of the colonial quarters of the city center via the Plaza San Martin and the Plaza de Armas. Visit of the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. You will be transferred to the Lima airport to take your flight. Flight with destination Cusco. Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to the hotel. English speaking assistance from airport to hotel. Night at the hotel Inkarri Cusco.
Departure for a half-day dedicated to the discovery of Cuzco's historic 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 arts, silver, and precious stones treasures. Then we walk down to the San Blas quarter (the artists’ place).
Note: The Qoricancha is closed on Sunday mornings.
Free afternoon in Cusco, navel of the Inca world.
Suggestions: Free time in Cusco is generally appreciated for its walking possibilities in the many small cobbled streets of the city. You can also take advantage of this moment to make your last purchases of souvenirs: clothes, jewelry and decoration, the choices are endless in Cusco! Night at the hotel Inkarri Cusco.
Departure at 7am in a private vehicle on a day-trip exploring the Sacred Valley. The first stop will be at the ruins of Pisac, one of the main Inca sites, where the different areas (administrative, religious, military) are scattered on the mountainside. Also observable are the large terraces that were used for agriculture but also protected from the effects of erosion. Then we will take a walk around the colorful handicraft market before taking to the road again, this time in the direction of the salt flats of Maras that, since Inca times, have collected salt water from a local source. This is then transformed into salt through the evaporative effect of the sun.
We then walk down to the Urumbamba River where the vehicle awaits to take us on to Ollantaytambo, the last Inca architecture village to still be inhabited. Visit of the monumental stone fortress. Transfer and check-in to the hotel at the end of the afternoon. Train to Aguas Calientes, starting point for visiting Machu Picchu. 00:00 Afternoon train. Night at the Tierra Viva Machu Picchu hotel.
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. Last Shuttle to the citadel: 3:30pm / Last Shuttle to Aguas Calientes: 4:45pm. Arrival on Machu Picchu, wonder of the world. Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century in Peru. Abandoned during the collapse of the Inca empire, the sacred city of the Incas was forgotten for centuries. It is considered a masterpiece of the architecture of this civilization. It was unveiled by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. Since 1983, the site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On July 7, 2007, Machu Picchu was named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World by the NewOpenWorld Foundation, an unofficial, commercial organization. Finally the site is part of a whole cultural and natural complex known as the "Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu".
From 6:00 am: Access to the Machu Picchu site. At 7:00 am: Ascent of Montaña (3h30 - 4h round trip). At 11:00 am: Visit of the main site of Machu Picchu (about 2h30 of visit). Together with your english speaking guide, you will start to discover the archaeological complex (around 2:30 hour of visit). Train to Ollantaytambo. 00:00 Afternoon train. Reception at Ollantaytambo's train station and transfer to the hotel in Cusco. Night at the hotel Inkarri Cusco.
Transfer to Cusco's bus terminal. Departure by tourist bus to Puno, town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We enjoy wonderful landscapes along the road. We go over the Raya Pass, at an altitude of 4320 meters. Visits of the Pukara Museum, of the archaeological site of Raqchi and of the “Sistine Chapel” of the Andes in Andahuaylillas. Lunch included (buffet restaurant at Sicuani). An English-speaking guide, exclusive to the bus company, participates to the journey and gives information along the way. Reception at Puno bus station and transfer to the hotel. Night at the Sol Plaza hotel.
07h00 AM: Early in the morning, departure by private vehicule towards the Capachica Peninsula. Easy walk from the small port of Llachon to Paramis to discover severals small villages (3 hours). Local lunch in Paramis.
In the early afternoon, a small sailboat trip on Lake Titicaca to discover the artisanal fishing practiced by the community. Then, before leaving for Puno, you will pass through the village of Siale where you will discover the embroidery craft industry.
In the late afternoon, return to Puno by vehicle and transfer to the hotel. Night at the Sol Plaza hotel.
Private transport Puno - Desaguadero. We meet our driver at the border (at the Bolivian immigration post after the bridge). Departure in private vehicle to La Paz.
14:00: 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. Night at the Qantu hotel.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport. Your private driver take you to the airport. Today we will discover the world’s largest salt desert! At 9 a.m. we leave the hotel with our jeeps to the Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.). After an half an hour ride, we stop in the village of Colchani to visit its salt exploitation and salt hotel (closed since 2001). We will then ride 73 km on the salt desert (around an hour and a half) to reach the Island of Incahuasi. This surprising island, lost in the middle of the salar, offers an incredible view over the salt desert and the several volcanos that surrounds 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 will return to Uyuni. If there is some time left, we will also visit the train cemetery on the outskirts of town.
We are then going for an end of the day excursion to see the sunset and stargazing at the Salt Flats. Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel.
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. Night at the Colonial hotel.
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. 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). Night at the Independencia hotel.
Our guide will pick us up at 9:00 am at the hotel lobby to walk to the central market. We will discover new products, greet our "caseras" (the vendors) in the very warm and colorful atmosphere of one of the most beautiful market of Bolivia. We then head to La Guarida, a magical place in the heart of Sucre, to meet our host to learn some secrets of the Bolivian cuisine and share a typical meal.
At 2 p.m., we will meet in the hotel for a guided visit of the colonial city registered as a World Heritage city by UNESCO. Amongst others: ethnographic textile museum, Casa de la Libertad (closed on Mondays), Recoleta convent and the cathedral, etc. Night at the Independencia hotel***.
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. Departure from the hotel by private vehicle for the archaeological site of Tiwanaku (1h30). Guided tour of the pre-Colombian vestiges considered amongst the most important of the continent. Do not miss the recently built lithic museum keeping some monumental pieces discovered on the site. We also visit Pumapunku. Return to La Paz in the afternoon. Free time for the rest of the day. Night at the Qantu hotel **.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
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