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Inca Explorer from La Paz

  • Code #SIL
  • 21 Days
Duration
21 Days
/20 Nights
Availability
Aug,2017-Apr,2019
Group Size
max 34
Departure City: 
La Paz
Ends in: 
Lima
Accommodation
Hotel
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Trip Overview

Start your South American journey on a dizzying high in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, then discover all the incredible highlights of Peru in a short space of time on this epic adventure. Jam-packed with optional activities, you're in for a real treat! Take time to visit the Ballestas Islands, sand board in the desert, fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines, stay with a family overnight on the islands of Lake Titicaca, explore the Amazon Jungle and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu... all in 21 days!

Included Highlights 
  • Experience two Latin American countries - Bolivia and Peru
  • Shop for trinkets at the `Witches Market' in La Paz
  • Meet a local family with an overnight homestay on the islands of Lake Titicaca
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cusco, gateway to the Inca Trail and Amazon Jungle
  • Enjoy the legendary Cusco nightlife
  • Visit Nazca, famous for the mysterious Nazca Lines
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Large Group
Mountains
National Parks

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
max 34
Camping
5 Nights
Budget Lodging
2 Nights
Hotel
13 Nights

Food & Meals

  • 7 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 6 dinners

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • Private overland vehicle transportation
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • This trip has a local payment of US$370 to be paid to your tour leader on day 1.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, and lots of optional activities to choose from. With stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary no two Trek trips are the same, so get ready for one awesome adventure.

Also departs from Lima

Tonight it's time to meet your tour leader, driver and fellow Trekkers, but why not arrive early to see the sights, or add some extra hotel nights before the start of your tour to really explore all the city has to offer.

La Paz is a city like no other! Nestled in an ancient crater left by a meteorite, with the snow-capped Illimani mountain providing a dramatic backdrop. As you acclimatise to an altitude of 12,000 ft., take it easy when you walk around or you might find yourself getting a little breathless! You'll be staying near to the colourful street markets so be sure to check out the `witches market' where local women sell the weird and the wonderful, or to get a taste of the local traditions, seek out a peña show of Andean music to hear local bands play their traditional instruments such as zampoñas and charangos (pipes and ukuleles).

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Red Cap city walking tours US$3 + tip
Moon Valley private tour US$20-40
Coroico "Death Road" mountain biking US$124

Hit the road across the Altiplano (high plane), before crossing the border into Peru and heading to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. Try some trout and kingfish from the lake or - if you're feeling a bit more adventurous! - why not sample some of the local delicacies like guinea pig or llama. 


After your first night in Puno, cruise across Lake Titicaca to the island of Amantani for an awesome overnight homestay with a local Quechua family. You might even get the opportunity to play a little football with the local children. Visit Taquile Island where the people live in simple adobe huts, then hop aboard a traditional reed boat to see the famous floating reed islands in the Bay of Puno and appreciate how the indigenous Uros lived.

Back on dry land in Puno, you'll have time to visit the colourful local markets, so don't forget a few souvenirs for your mates back home.

Accommodation

Hotel included (x2), Homestay included (x1)

Meals

Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x1) included

Optional Activities

Traditional reed boat trip US$5

Cusco (or Cuzco) means `navel of the earth' in the Inca language of Quechua, and on the journey towards the former Inca capital, the landscape just keeps on getting better. It's a gem of a city centred around the Plaza de Armas, which is dominated by its cathedral and La Compania de Jesus Church. But nowadays Cusco is also legendary for its party atmosphere and buzzing nightlife and it's jam-packed with narrow streets and some of the best restaurants, bars and shops around!

Cusco is a fun town to explore in its own right but it's also a great base for some really special (and highly recommended) optional excursions, including an Amazon Jungle excursion and the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu (if you prefer not to trek, you can also book the train to Machu Picchu). These optional excursions must be booked in advance; please request at the time of booking your tour to avoid missing out!

You'll have time to fit in both of these exciting optional excursions and more! But if you're happier to simply spend time exploring Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley, there are plenty of other optional activities available here. Buy a `Completo' visitor ticket locally to get yourself two days of access to all the Inca ruin sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Alternatively you could join an awesome full-day excursion from Cusco through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the Pisac ruins perched in the mountains and the famous Pisac local market in the valley below for local crafts, pottery, jewellery and delicious empanadas; before making your way down the valley to the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo, and witnessing its enormous terraces climbing up the hillside.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Chocolate making course US$22
2 day Cusco & Sacred Valley visitor ticket US$40
Massage US$25/hr
Sacred Valley, Pisac ruins & Ollantaytambo day trip US$30-52
Visitor ticket to all Inca ruins in Cusco US$22

This optional journey must be booked in advance. Please request at the time of booking your tour.

The Lost City of Machu Picchu was originally isolated in the clouds and self-contained, fed by natural springs and surrounded by agricultural terraces to feed the population. Due to its isolation many of the palaces, temples, baths and houses of the ancient Incan city still remain remarkably intact. The ruins were only uncovered by the outside world in 1911 when American explorer Hiram Bingham found them while looking for a different `lost city'. Cheers, Hiram!

This iconic site is really something special and if you don't want to miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Machu Picchu but prefer not to hike the Inca Trail, you can also choose to make the journey to Machu Picchu by train. Spend the day exploring this fascinating site (guided tour included), then take the chance to soak your tired muscles in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes or meander through the markets before returning to Cusco by train.

Accommodation

1 night Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

This optional journey must be booked in advance. Please request at the time of booking your tour.

If you opt to hike the trail you'll cross spectacular passes and visit more incredible Inca ruins en route to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Along the way a local guide will share their expertise with you, plus there are cooks and porters to carry the main equipment, leaving you with just a small daypack so you can focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

On day one, your trek begins with a relatively easy four-and-a-half hour, 13 km walk which will get you limbered up. On day two, you'll cover roughly 9 km in about five to seven hours, and after the highest pass at Warmiwanusca or `Dead Woman's Pass' (4,200 metres), it's all downhill as the trail winds its way down old Inca stairs to your campsite. Day three takes you past the interesting ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, walking approximately 15 km in seven hours. However, your big day starts early after an overnight at Winay-Wayna, where you make your final walk towards Machu Picchu in time for the sun rising over the famous Sun Gate. Incredible! 

After an included guided tour of Machu Picchu, there's time to explore on your own and your brain will be in overload with all the fascinating history to discover about the Inca Empire and Quechua people. But all good things come to an end as you make your way back to modern civilisation in Cusco. Wash off the trail dirt and why not take time to celebrate reaching Machu Picchu with a pisco sour or two. 

Please note: Due to a restricted number of people being allowed on the trail each day, permits can sell out up many months in advance. If you wish to book the Inca Trail trek, please provide your sales consultant with your passport details as soon as possible to secure your permit. Without your passport details, we aren't able to arrange your Inca Trail trek. Please be aware that once your permit has been issued it is non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Should an Inca Trail permit not be available, you will have the option to book a three night/four day Lares Trail trek. A guided tour of Machu Picchu is included. 

The porters, cooks and guides work incredibly hard on the Inca Trail and the Lares Trail, carrying food needed for the four days, cooking equipment, tents and your personal items. While it is an optional payment, we recommend a tip of 100 Soles per person at the end of the route, to be split between your trail guides, porters and chefs.

Accommodation

3 nights camping included

Meals

Breakfast (x3), lunch (x3) and dinner (x3) included

This optional journey must be booked in advance. Please request at the time of booking your tour.

Feel like a real life Tarzan with a visit to the Amazon rainforest, this is an absolute must do! From Cusco, head deep into the jungle on a quick flight to Puerto Maldonado, and board a small boat waiting to take you further into the canopy to your jungle hut, for a night like no other! This is a truly unique ecosystem on an incredible scale with such an array of wildlife; if you're looking for somewhere with the `wow factor' then this is it, trust us! Hit the jungle trails with a trained guide to really help you get the most out of your experience. You'll soon be able to identify some of the native species around you, David Attenborough eat your heart out! End this truly special experience with a visit to Monkey Island to see where monkeys are rescued and rehabilitated (and no, you can't take one home with you).

Accommodation

2 nights Jungle Hut included

Meals

Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Prepare yourself for even more stunning scenery on the next leg of your adventure. Arequipa is surrounded by three volcanoes and with snow-capped El Misti looming large over its giant cathedral and beautiful baroque buildings, make sure you have your camera at the ready! Delve into the city's history at the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a vast complex of cobbled streets and cloisters, or head to the Museo Santuarios Andinos to see the frozen Inca ice princess `Juanita', a young maiden sacrificed to the gods over 500 years ago from on top of Nevado Ampato volcano.

From Arequipa you can take an overnight excursion to the stunning Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and just as epic! Head to the lookout point at Cruz del Condor for views of the river flowing 1,200 metres below. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for magnificent condors as they soar overhead.

If you choose not to travel to the Colca Canyon you'll have some free time to explore Arequipa; there's a thriving foodie scene here so be sure to check out classic spicy dishes like rocoto relleno (stuffed spicy red peppers) in the city's communal `picanteria' restaurants, yum!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast (x2), lunch (x3) and dinner (x3) included

Optional Activities

City tour US$12
Monastery of Santa Catalina US$12
Colca Canyon overnight trip US$82
Santuarios Andinas Museum US$11

Head back along the coast towards Puerto Inca, the original Inca fishing port which was only rediscovered in the 1950s. Tonight you'll camp on the beach, just down from the coastal ruins.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visit the bizarre Chauchilla Cemetery where you'll find ancient mummies, some still with hair and even their skin intact after thousands of years! And if you haven't had your fill of the wonderfully bizarre, then continue on the Pan-American Highway towards Nazca, famous for its parallel lines and hundreds of geometrical figures and animals etched into the desert floor. It's truly a sight to behold, but what does it all mean? Historic art, agricultural calendar or the work of aliens? You decide! So many of the designs can only be appreciated from the air, so opt for a 30 minute light aircraft flight for a striking view of the `monkey', `hummingbird', `condor', `spider', and what appears to be a spaceman!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities

Chauchilla Cemetery US$3 (+$10 for guided tour)
Planetarium show & lecture US$20
Scenic flight over Nazca Lines US$110 + tax

Next up we make the journey to Huacachina, a spectacular desert oasis surrounded by giant wind-sculpted dunes. For the ultimate adrenaline experience, how about flying down the dunes on a sandboard? Keep the excitement coming thick and fast by jumping aboard a dune buggy for the ride of your life, then sleep under the desert stars on an optional overnight excursion.

Accommodation

Hostel included (Desert Camp optional)

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included

Optional Activities

Overnight desert camp with sand boarding & dune buggy ride US$60
Ballestas Islands cruise US$13
Sand dune buggy ride US$25
Bruning Archaelogical Museum US$5

Head to Paracas on the Pacific Coast, where there's the option to travel by zodiac boat to the Ballestas Islands. It's a unique experience to see thousands of sea lions basking on and around the islands as well as a whole host of birdlife that calls the area home, and if you've never seen a pelican before, now's your chance!

Finally make your way to Lima, the last city on your epic adventure. Lima is a large bustling city, but many of the sights including the city's two main squares, the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, are within easy walking distance from your hotel and great for a spot of people watching! Explore the historic centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and full of beautiful colonial buildings and museums, including the Museum of the Inquisition and the catacombs below the Church and Convent of San Francisco. Check out Lima's art galleries for edgy art and be sure to sample the local food; Lima is known as the gastronomic capital of the Americas after all! Nearby Miraflores on the coast is well worth visiting for a meal or a few drinks to celebrate the end of your tour with your new Trek mates.

Your tour finishes after breakfast on day 21 and you are free to fly out at any time today.

Accommodation

1 night hotel included

Meals

Lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

Church & Convent of San Francisco guided tour US$3
We offer a range of travel essentials with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

There is a local payment of US$370 which you will need to pay to your tour leader on the first day of your trip..

Our tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LA PAZ - HOTEL SAGARNAGA

Calle Sagarnaga no. 326 - 328, Zona Rosario, La Paz

Located right in the heart of La PaZ within walking distance of downtown, this classic style hotel offers comfortable room with cable TV and free continental breakfast. The hotel also offers a restaurant and 24 hour front desk and tour desk service.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £18 | US$23 | Eur21 | AU$34 | NZ$37
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Airport transfers in La Paz can either by booked in advance with TrekAmerica or arranged locally on arrival.

Transfers booked in advance cost approximately US$30 per person. Please contact us for more information.

To arrange upon arrival, you will find a 24-hour taxi rank outside the airport. Look out for the metered white taxis waiting in a line outside the terminal. The cost of a taxi to our hotel will be approximately 50-80 bolivianos ($7-10). Taxi drivers do have a tendency to switch their lights off at night (to save the battery!) so if they do this, insist that they switch the lights back on. To get to the hotel, the taxis will have to drive through the sprawling city of El Alto, which can be an interesting experience. Make sure you lock the taxi doors, as theft can be a problem in La Paz and El Alto. The drive into the city however has spectacular views.

Our tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LIMA - THE KAMANA HOTEL

Jiron Kamana 547, Lima, Peru

This centrally located hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms with LCD TVs, cable and free Wi-Fi. Their Koala bar and restaurant offers traditional Peruvian cuisine and renowned Pisco Sours made be an expert bartender.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £22 | US$27 | Eur26 | AU$41 | NZ$45
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Airport transfers in Lima can either by booked in advance with TrekAmerica or arranged locally on arrival.

Transfers booked in advance cost approximately US$30 per person. Please contact us for more information.

To arrange locally on arrival, we recommend you use the pre-pay taxi desks after customs at the airport. Recommended companies include Taxi CMV and Taxi Mitsui Remise. The cost of a taxi from the airport to our downtown hotel should be approximately US$15 to $25. The airport is approximately 30 to 45 minutes from the city centre depending on traffic.

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If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

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There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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