Sacred Valley

Peru to Bolivia

12 days Please note that that some tours operate on specific days so the tour may need to be amended to fit your specific departure. This tour also operates in reverse departing from La Paz

This comprehensive tour takes you from Peru to Bolivia with all the best there is to see along the way. Your tour starts in Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and  surrounded by many fascinating Inca ruins. Visit the fabled Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the modern world and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Cross the Altiplano by train from Cusco to Puno then over Lake Titicaca to get into La Paz.

Day 1

Arrive Cusco

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Take time to adjust to the altitude, perhaps enjoy a small walk around the ancient cobbled stoned streets. B.

Day 2

Cuzco

This morning enjoy a city tour, which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, and the Koricancha Temple. Just outside Cusco, you will visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testimonial to the Incan architectural skills. Compiled of massive stones (one weighs 125 tons!) you are challenged to try to slip a piece of paper between the cracks of these blocks, cut and fitted together with incredible precision without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress where the greatest battle between the Spanish and the Incas took place overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cuzco and the spectacular lush countryside. Also visit Qenqo (the Labyrinth), an Incan shrine dedicated to the Earth Mother, the small fortress of Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay, a sacred bathing place. Afternoon at leisure to explore this amazing city. B.

Day 3

Cuzco – Sacred Valley of the Incas

A full day tour into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including a visit to Pisac and its colourful Indian market – a not-to-be-missed opportunity to purchase Peruvian weavings and pottery. After a sumptuous lunch, continue along the Urubamba Valley to the ruins of Ollantaitambo, an impressive Inca fortress. Spend the night at a charming inn in the Sacred Valley.B. L.

Day 4

Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu

Transfer to Ollanta station to board your train bound for Aguas Calientes and take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu, a breathtaking Incan citadel. A guided tour of the ruins will have you wondering about the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this citadel and what drove them to build it on a mountain top. Excavations have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. The same precise stonework as in other Incan sites in evident. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its destruction as the Incas left no written record. Have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and then free time to wander the ruins. This afternoon take the shuttle bus back down to Aguas Calientes and your hotel. B. L. D.

Day 5

Machu Picchu –  Cuzco

It is said that Machu Picchu is a place of great spirituality, and the ultimate spiritual moments of the day happens at sunrise. We suggest you rise early and return to the ruins which are usually shrouded in clouds before sunrise. Perhaps climb to the summit of Huayna Picchu or up to the Sun Gate for panoramic views. This afternoon take the train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel. (Bus and entrance fee on 2nd day is not included ( allow approx US $65)  B.

Day 6

Cuzco – Altiplano – Puno

Transfer to the station for your early morning train trip across the Altiplano (Spanish for High Plain), where the Andes are at their wildest. On arrival into Puno you will be met and transferred to your hotel on the shores of the mystical Lake Titicaca. B. L.

Day 7

Puno – Lake Titicaca

You will be picked up this morning from your hotel and travel by bus to Juli Harbour. Enjoy a hydrofoil scenic cruise on the highest navigable lake in the world to Moon Island with a visit to Inak Uyu – the Sun Virgins Temple. Continue onto Sun Island with a visit to the Inca stairways and Sacred Fountain before a typical Bolivian lunch at the Uma Kollo archaeological and panoramic restaurant. Cruise to Uros Iruitos Floating Islands, where the last authentic Urus Iruitos families have returned to their traditional roots and built the Floating Islands made of totora reed. Arrive at Huatajata and the Inca Utama Hotel built on the most panoramic shore of Lake Titicaca. A chance to see the Andean Roots Eco Village,  an introduction to the essence of The Andes cultures and meet the Limachi Brothers at their reed boat museum before an evening visit to see the Mystic World of the Kallawayas and their ancient natural medicine. Enjoy a candlelight dinner and Folklore show before a visit to the Alajpacha native cosmic observatory. B. L. D.

Day 8

Lake Titicaca – La Paz

This morning you will be transferred by road to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, renowned for its unique markets, unusual topography and traditional culture. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel. B.

Day 9

La Paz

This morning you will be taken on a tour of the ‘city of contrasts’ which represents a unique blend of cultures and races. Visit colonial churches, modern areas, the fascinating Indian Witch doctor markets, the open air museum of Tiwanaku as well as the famous valley of the Moon where erosion has changed the badlands into fantastic shapes and deep gullies. Afternoon at leisure. Perhaps have dinner tonight at a Traditional Hacienda (not included). B.

Day 10

Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight and your Movidas Journey comes to an end. Perhaps add on a side trip to Sucre and Potosi to see the Spanish Silver mines or visit the Salt Lakes of Bolivia. B.


Tour Cost

ShareSingle
Casa Andina standard hotels and similar AUD 2740 3760
Casa Andina Private Collection and similar AUD 3120 4490
Belmont hotels and similar (private services) AUD 5410 8610
What's included

Accommodation with private facilities throughout - Return airport transfers - Sightseeing & Meals as indicated - Visitdome train to Machu Picchu - Bus and Entrance fees to Machu Picchu on Day 6 only - Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge on Day 6 - On day 7 Lunch is also included when staying at the Sumaq and Sanctuary Lodge Hotels - Service charges and taxes.

What's not included

Any airfares - Airport or air ticket taxes - 2nd entrance and bus to Machu Picchu on Day 7 -Passport or visa fees -Insurance - Gratuities -Any items not specifically mentioned as included.

Notes

Upgrade to Hiram Bingham train AU$ 450. For Orient Express level tour, services are on private basis. These rates do not apply during Christmas or Inti Raymi Holidays.