From Peru to Chile by Amazing Peru & Beyond
15 days / 14 nights.
Arrival to Lima, reception at the airport and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel. 3 star Ferre.Day 2: LIMA- CUZCO (Breakfast)
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. Arrival to Cuzco at 11am. Transfer to your hotel. Free morning to acclimatize to the high altitude.
3 star Los Andes. In the afternoon, enjoy a group guided tour of Cuzco including the Cathedral, Qoricancha temple, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco, Qenko and Puka Pukara.
Cuzco's history extends back to before 1000 BC when the Marcavalle Culture was the dominant power; indeed organized life in the City began practically with them. In the second phase of its history, around 800BC, Cuzco was home to the Chanapata culture and later developed several regional states. What is traditionally known as the Inka civilisation began around 1200 AD in its initial phase, with the first Inka, Manko Capaq and Mama Ocllo. It is also suggested that Pachakuteq, the ninth king, elaborated another foundation in 1438 which is also known as the expansive phase. Inca builders hereafter laid out the city in the form of a puma, with the fortress of Sacsayhuaman as the head.
After the arrival of the Spanish to the city on November 15th 1533, Francisco Pizarro re-founded it for the Spanish King on March 23rd 1534. In 1536 Manko Inka began a long and bloody war against the Spanish invaders with a siege lasting over 8 months over the city. Finally in 1572, after a war that lasted 36 years, Tupaq Amaru I, the last emperor of the Inka dynasty was defeated, captured and executed in the city's main square. The Spanish subsequently destroyed many of the structures in the city or used them as foundations for many of their own churches and buildings.
Hotel Los Andes | Meals: BDay 3. SACRED VALLY - PISAC - OLLANTAYTAMBO (Breakfast & lunch)
Full-day private excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and remains the larder of Cuzco. Visit the market at Pisaq before enjoying a buffet lunch. Visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above. Late afternoon return to your hotel.
Meals: B & LDay 4. CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU (Breakfast)
Today you will have an early start and enjoy breakfast before your train to Aguas Calientes. The train will depart at 06.30am for the 3 ½ hour journey Arrive to Aguas Calientes train station, gateway to the lost city of the Incas.
Check-in to your hotel, the Sanctuario. The short ride up to Machu Picchu will meander through breathtaking mountain scenery up to the ancient Inca citadel.
Shortly after, a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture.
Meals: BDay 5. MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (Breakfast only)
Today you will enjoy a free day in Machu Picchu with an opportunity to see the site at sunrise. Today no guide is provided as we feel that Machu Picchu requires a certain amount of self discovery to be fully understood. Take any of the several paths around various parts of the site, trek up to Wayna Picchu or walk down to the Inca's bridge. Let Machu Picchu unfold all its mysteries for you, take in the breathtaking cloud forests and jagged mountains, or marvel at the extraordinary Masonic precision of the ancient Incas. Return train back to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel.
Meals: BDay 6. CUZCO - PUNO (Breakfast & lunch)
After breakfast, transfer to the bus terminal for the journey to Puno. Visiting various archaeological sites along the route enjoy lunch before arriving to Puno and your hotel. 3 star Colon Casona Hotel
Colon Casona Hotel | Meals: B & LDay 7. ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA (Breakfast & lunch)
After breakfast, a full day excursion to the islands of Uros and Taquile with your guide. Uros, a group of islands made entirely of tortora reeds is home to a small community dating back to a pre-Inca culture. The inhabitants of Taquile are more closely related to the Aymara people of Bolivia than the Quechua Incas of Peru. Lunch on the islands. Return to Puno and your hotel.
Meals: B & LDay 8. PUNO - COPACABANA - LA PAZ (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer to the bus station for the tourist bus to La Paz. Cross the border, after the formalities, continue onto La Paz, the highest capital in the world and transfer to your hotel.
Meals: BDay 9. LA PAZ (Breakfast)
Morning city tour of La Paz, with a unique topography containing few flat areas and protected by its eternal guardian, the snow peak of Ilimani (6402m). Housing the seat of government, La Paz is a city of contrast, between both ancient and modern. A visit will also be made to the Valley of the Moon. The city centre sites include the Plaza Murillo (with its presidential palace, national congress and metropolitan cathedral), museums, and many interesting markets. Free afternoon.
Meals: BDay 10. LA PAZ - SUCRE (Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Sucre. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Shortly after, visit the House of Freedom Historical Museum, the Convent of San Felipe de Nery or La Recoleta viewpoint, the facades of the churches of San Lazaro and Santo Domingo; the main historical monuments and Bolivar Park
Service Includes: Private transport, bilingual guide and admission fees.
Note: San Felipe de Nery museum is only available in the afternoons, for morning tours vist La Recoleta Museum
Meals: BDay 11. SUCRE - POTOSI (Breakfast)
After breakfast, private transfer to Potosi where you will visit the most important and interesting places of the city, which was declared a UNIVERSAL HERITAGE OF MANKIND by UNESCO. We will visit San Lorenzo Church where we will appreciate its beautiful fašade, Casa de la Moneda Museum, the exterior of the Tower of Company, the exterior of the Arch of Cobija and the artisans market in the colonial area of the city. Service Includes:Bilingual guide and admission fees.
Meals: BDay 12. POTOSI - COLCHANI (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Early transfer in private service to Colchani and the start of your incredible trip to the Salares de Uynui, or Salt lakes.
We will have an unforgettable trip across 12 000 km2 of fantastic salt landscape. We will enter the Salar by Colchani, where we will stop to visit the salt factory and we will receive comments on the salt family economy which command the life of this village. Once the first visit done, we will enter the Salar and stop at the salt mounts from where we will continue to the dominating and magic Thunupa Volcano. We will ascend a part of the volcano with the car to the Coquesa Mummies. From this point we will have a nice view upon the monumental Salar. Then we will descend to Tahua where we will have lunch at the comfortable Tayka Salt Hotel. In the afternoon we will depart for Chillima village, at the north, from where we will start the second ascension still with the car toward La Pucara. We will start 60 to 90 minutes walk to the impressive flat landscape of La Pucara de Chillima. We will spend the night in the Tayka Salt Hotel with private bathroom, hot water and heating.
Tayka Salt Hotel | Meals: B, L & DDay 13. UYUNI SALT LAKES (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
This day we will cross the Salar from north to south with the first visit at the Incahuasi Island which is one of the central tourist attractions. We will follow the little path to arrive at the top of the island from where we will get the amazing 360° view on the Salar. Then we will continue toward the Mala Mala Bahia, to find the Galaxia Cave where we will find a cactus sanctuary and petrified stromatolites and finally a Chullpas cemetery (ancestral burying) . The cave presents a very weird sub-aquatic geological formation from the era of the Michin Lake (300 000 years ago) and from the Tauca Lake (40000 years ago).
We will continue the expedition towards San Pedro de Quemes where we will have lunch and a rest in the Tayka Stone Hotel. In the afternoon, we will head towards the lagoon chain of Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramaditas, where we will see three types of flamingo and other kinds of birds. These birds live on the lagoons alongside the volcanoes After the last lagoon, you will enter the huge and great desert area with no roads. Here you will find the Tayka Desert Hotel, with private bathroom, hot water and heating .
Tayka Desert Hotel | Meals: B, L & DDay 14. UYUNI - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (Breakfast & lunch)
We will start early to visit the Stone Tree which is a stone in a tree shape. Then we will arrive to one of the gems of the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, the Coloured Lagoon. This lagoon is the main nesting centre of the three kinds of flamingos and its colour produced by algae and plankton activated by the sun and the wind give the red and pink colour to the flamingos.
Then we will witness the geysers of Sol de Mañana. At this point we will be at the most elevated altitude of the trip (5000m above the sea level). The cold is intense and we will walk among the smoky and noisy vapour springs. In Polques, we can even have a bath in the hot springs and have a good open air breakfast. We will then approach another huge place the Desert Ladies Valley. After this valley we will head towards the Green Lagoon which is at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. We will arrive at lunch time, which is the best time to see how its waters change colours from emerald green to deeper green. After this, we will continue toward the Chilean border and cross the border into San Pedro de Atacama. Arrive to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama in approximately 2 hours from the border.
Hotel San Pedro de Atacama | Meals: B, L & DDay 15. SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - SANTIAGO (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago.
Meals: BEnd of our services.
From Peru to Chile by Amazing Peru & Beyond
Lima - Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca - La Paz - Sucre - Potosi - Salar de Uyuni - San Pedro De Atacama - Santiago
15 days / 14 nights.
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