Lima to La Paz (34 days) Peru & Bolivia Encompassed (Inc. Amazon Jungle)

Company : Oasis Overland
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Tours
Countries: Bolivia / Peru
Duration: 4 weeks to 6 weeks
Approx Costs: 2000 to 2500 £ Pound (UK)

Areas Visited: Lima, Ballestras Islands, Nazca, Arequipa, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and La Paz.

An intoxicating amalgam of Peru & Bolivia; view the mysterious Nazca lines, gaze in awe at majestic Condors, and hike the imperious Inca Trail. Overnight on floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca, visit an old silver mine and the amazing Salar de Uyuni and visit the vibrant Bolivian capital, La Paz.  Finish it all off with a visit to the Amazon Jungle.  Our ultimate South America Regional Explorer trip!

 

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Lima - the Capital.
  • Free day to see the many museums, historical monuments, markets, restaurants and colonial plazas.

Day 2

  • Ballestas Islands - view this spectacular marine reserve and take a boat trip to view one of the highest concentrations of rare and exotic sea birds and mammals.

Days 3 to 4

  • Ica Desert - visit the Tacama winery and also try Peru's national drink, Pisco.
  • Oasis of Huacachina - a palm fringed lake surrounded by impressive sand dunes, relax on the beach, go for a swim and then there's the option to head out on a custom made dune buggy and roar across the desert sands to the top of enormous dunes and sand board down them! Tonight, sit around our desert campfire while your guides cook up a storm, followed by a night sleeping out under the stars.

Day 5

  • The Nazca Lines - only discovered 80 years ago, these huge figures carved into the desert floor are best viewed by light aircraft.
  • Chauchilla Cemetery - complete with well preserved mummies.
  • Overnight coach journey between Nazca and Arequipa (either part or full recliner seating). 

Days 6 to 9

  • Arequipa - explore this beautiful colonial city with its great Latin nightlife & the spectacular surrounding area or go mountain biking, hiking or horse riding.
  • Colca Canyon - at 900m it's one of the deepest in the world - an included guided trip to view the amazing Condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor (park entrance fee is not included and will be paid locally).
  • Overnight coach journey across the Andes to Cuzco (either part or full recliner seating).
  • Cuzco - a colonial city with churches & museums built on top of original Inca stonewalls.
  • Urubamba or Sacred  Valley of the Incas - an optional day tour with a local guide, where you'll find temples, terraces, local communities, markets as you follow the Urubamba River through the ancient valley. 

Days 10 to 13

  • Inca Trail - a trek of 4 days, which combines stunning mountain views and Inca ruins which anyone of reasonable fitness can master.
  • Machu Picchu - finally we reach the world famous ruins in all their glory, well worth the trek of the previous 3 days! There are also the options to undertake a shorter hike travelling by train part of the way to Machu Picchu, or take one of the alternative treks, the Salkantay or Lares which includes the last night in Aguas Calientes.  If you wish to do any of these alternative treks or the train, you must request this at the time of booking.
  • Our route back to Cuzco for all options is by train.

Days 14 to 15

  • Cuzco - 2 free days to relax & recover or for the adventurous to go white water rafting on the Urabamba River.

Days 16 to 18

  • Lake Titicaca - Travel by road to Puno - our base to visit the Uros Indians and floating reed islands.  
  • By boat we visit the floating islands during the day and then spend the night with one of the Indian families on the lesser known islands of Amantani or Taquile. This experience provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the traditional lifestyle of the Andean people and their customs.
  • Puno - free time to relax on the shores of Lake Titicaca & experience Puno's rich Andean culture.

Days 19 to 20 - Bolivia

  • Today we continue our journey and enter Bolivia via the small town of Copacabana
  • La Paz -  Few cities can boast such an impressive setting - here we have free time to explore this hilly capital city with it's markets and traditionally dressed people and perhaps visit a pena for some live Andean pipe music.

Day 21

  • La Paz City Tour (approx. 4 hours).  We visit Murillo Square & Cathedral, Congress and Government Palace, The Incan Gold Museum, Valley of the Moon and the famous Witches Market. Tour ends at Killi Killi lookout point to enjoy a 360 degree view of the city!
  • Rest of the day to explore at your leisure to maybe enjoy a Huari (local beer).

Day 22

  • Free morning (dependant on train times) to browse the local markets, find a café and watch street life go by or visit one of the museums.
  • Bus to the mining town of Oruro, followed by a high altitude train ride to Uyuni - home to the vast Salar (Salt flats).

Day 23

  • 3 day 4x4 Expedition to explore the Salar (Salt Flats) and stunning lakes, deserts and volcanoes.
  • We take short excursions to the Train Cemetery to view old steam locomotives and Colchani village to see the traditional Salt bagging process.
  • We drive to Inca Huasi Island in the centre of the 10,000 square km Salar.  We can hike to the top of the island, passing giant cactus, to take in the spectacular views.
  • After lunch we head for San Juan Village, to visit a Pre Inca Cemetery and a small museum.

Day 24

  • Heading south we are surrounded by huge volcanoes (up to 5850mtrs!)  There is time for photo stops and if we're lucky we should see pink Flamingoes and many other species of birds at Canapa Lagoon.
  • We make a quick stop at Hedionda (Stinky!) Lagoon and continue past scenic lakes to the amazing Siloli Desert (4600mtrs). Here incredible natural rock formations are formed by powerful eroding winds.
  • Tonight we stay close to the shores of Red Lagoon, a wildlife sanctuary to 3 endemic species of Andean Flamingo.

Day 25

  • An early start for sunrise at Sol de Manana Volcano Crater.  Here beautiful steam geysers and colourful boiling volcanic mud pools await us.
  • We breakfast on the banks of Challviri Lagoon where those of us that want to can enjoy a hot spring!
  • Passing through the barren volcanic environment of Dali's Desert, in the southwestern tip of Bolivia, we see the breathtaking Green Lagoon, at the foot of Licancabur Volcano (5900mtrs).
  • Heading back to Red Lagoon, we take another route back to Uyuni via Rock Valley, stopping off in some small villages along the way.
  • We complete our day by visiting the highest pizza restaurant in the world!  (Optional).

Day 26

  • Travel to Potosi, enjoying the beautiful mountain views and bouncy gravel roads along the way!
  • In the afternoon there is the option to visit the once famous Silver Mines in Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) and step back in time to experience life as a miner in these harsh conditions.  The tour is not for the faint hearted!
  • Other attractions include the ancient Mint, which tells the history of the silver mined here and shipped to Spain in Colonial times or view the city from the roof of the San Francisco Church!

Day 27

  • We have a free morning at leisure to do some last minute exploring of Potosi before we head to one of Bolivia's most beautiful cities, Sucre, via bus.
  • Sucre is known as 'The 4 Names City' because of its long and varied history
  • Free afternoon to wander the charming streets and possibly visit Liberty's House where Bolivia was created a new free Republic in 1825.

Day 28

  • After breakfast we visit The Cretaceous Park, where we can see thousands of dinosaur footprints, including the world's biggest!
  • More free time to explore in the afternoon - why not visit Asur, Bolivia's best Textile Museum (some textiles are at least 1500 years old!)
  • In the late afternoon we transfer to the bus station and join our Bus Cama (bed bus) which will be our ride and accommodation to La Paz!
  • Breakfast .There is an optional flight from Sucre to La Paz -subect to availability.

Day 29

  • On arrival in La Paz we transfer to our hotel and the rest of the day is yours to wander and maybe pick up some souvenirs, such as Andean blankets, ponchos and jewellery from the hilly market streets.

Day 30

  • Flight to Rurrenabaque City in the Amazon basin.
  • Transfer to our boat on the Beni River to travel to Madidi National Park.
  • The impressive Estrecho del Bala, where the Beni River becomes deep and narrow. 
  • Lunch, before following jungle paths and learning about the rich flora of the region, medicinal plants, toxic plants, mushrooms, etc.
  • We venture out on a night walk to feel and hear the sounds of the Amazon and to observe nocturnal animals.

Day 31

  • We explore jungle paths learning about the trees, leaves, flowers and plants.
  • Visit a clay lick to observe several species of macaws, parrots and parakeets. 
  • Travel by river and 4WD vehicles to Yacuma River, passing by the picturesque towns of Reyes and Santa Rosa.
  • We hope to see on the river banks, alligators, turtles, capybaras, Bolivian squirrel monkeys, and much more.

Day 32

  • Walk and learn about another Amazonian Ecosystem well known as the Pampas.
  • Go in search of birds, alligators, and the famous Amazonian Anaconda. 
  • Piranha fishing and swimming with the extraordinary Pink Dolphins known as Bufeo. 
  • After dinner, we explore the river with torches in search of alligators!

Day 33

  • Search for Squirrel, Howler and Spider Monkey, amongst others.
  • After lunch we prepare for our drive back to Rurrenabaque. 
  • Flight back to La Paz and transfer to the hotel.

Day 34

  • Tour ends after breakfast. (Breakfast included)
  • Should you wish to stay extra nights in La Paz, let us know and we can arrange post tour accommodation for you.

 

What’s Included

  • All airport transfers
  • Ballestas Islands Boat Tour
  • Overnight Desert Camp & Barbeque
  • Colca Canyon overnight tour 
  • Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu  (4 day trek including all meals and guide)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return train from Machu Picchu
  • Boat trip on Lake Titicaca
  • Overnight stay with Local Family on Lake Titicaca
  • La Paz city tour
  • Train from Oruro to Uyuni
  • Orientation tour in La Paz, Potosi & Sucre
  • 4x4 Salt Flat 3 day excursion, meals & guide
  • Amazon Jungle stay
  • All accommodation (small, simple hotels & guesthouses, 3 nts camping on Inca Trail, 2 nights basic on the Salt Flats & basic jungle lodge)
  • Meals as per itinerary (approx 45%)
  • Services of Oasis Tour Leader
  • All local transport

 

What’s Not Included

  • Optional Excursions & entrance fees as listed in the pre-departure information
  • Park entry fees totalling approx. US$75
  • International Flights
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Taxes
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • Tips

 

Tour Price

Trip Price From: £2245.00 + Local Payment From: US$695.00

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