17 Day Bolivia & Peru: Andean & Amazonian Culture

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights La Paz-Sucre, Uyuni-La Paz, Juliaca-Cuzco, Cuzco-Puerto Maldonado & Puerto Maldonado-Lima.

Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

Although Visas are available for purchase at the Bolivian border, we strongly recommend obtaining your Bolivia Visa in advance to avoid long delays and ensure entry.


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Triple Rooms cannot be accommodated on this program.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. Some of our tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. A few early wake-ups, some at 3 or 4 am. The altitude, 11,000 feet in Cuzco, 12,000 feet in Bolivia and 12,400 feet in Puno, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour.

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Accommodation Details

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Miami-La Paz, Lima-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: La Paz-Sucre, Uyuni-La Paz, Juliaca-Cuzco, Cuzco-Puerto Maldonado & Puerto Maldonado-Lima
  • 16 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights La Paz
    • 2 nights Sucre
    • 2 nights Uyuni
    • 1 night Puno
    • 3 nights Cuzco
    • 2 nights Puerto Maldonado (Amazon)
    • 2 nights Lima
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • 31 meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager plus local guides throughout
  • Services of English-speaking native guides plus naturalist guides in the Amazon
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • During the city tour of Sucre, visit the La Recoleta Museum and historic Liberty House
  • Visit Candelaria village, weaving center of Bolivia, and the bustling Tarabuco Indian Market
  • At Salar de Uyuni, marvel at the world's largest salt flat - a surreal landscape!
  • Visit La Paz, the highest capital in the world at 12,000 feet above sea level
  • Sail by catamaran on Lake Titicaca to the mythical island of Isla del Sol
  • Enjoy a home hosted dinner at a private home with traditional food and warm hospitality
  • Visit the striking Temple of the Sun, once the most important religious site of the Incas
  • In Cuzco, a cooking lesson and demonstration of Peruvian delicacies
  • Visit the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas"
  • Travel by boat to the Peruvian Amazon, one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world
  • Discover Lima with its astounding treasures and 2000 years of history, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. Some of our tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. A few early wake-ups, some at 3 or 4 am. The altitude, 11,000 feet in Cuzco, 12,000 feet in Bolivia and 12,400 feet in Puno, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour.


DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Bolivia
Depart for Bolivia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Bolivia
Arrive in La Paz, the largest city in Bolivia, spectacularly set against the magnificent snowcapped peaks of Mt. Illimani. After transferring to the hotel, leisure time to settle in and acclimate to your new surroundings
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Saturday - Sucre, La Recoleta Museum, Liberty House
Morning flight to Sucre, one of Bolivia's most beautiful cities and symbolic heart of the country. Lunch upon arrival before a visit to La Recoleta Museum, overlooking the city from the top of Calle Polanco, that once served as a convent, barracks and prison. View the intricate and unique wooden carvings, sculptures and paintings before entering the colorful courtyard gardens to see the renowned ancient cedar (Cedro Milenario), one of the lone survivors of cedars once abundant around Sucre. Your walk through the city reveals glorious whitewashed buildings, pretty patios and a wealth of colonial architecture. At Liberty House, where the Bolivian declaration of independence was signed in 1825, pause at the national memorial, considered the birthplace of the nation. Then, at San Felipe Neri, a neoclassical style church, enjoy excellent panoramic views of the city from the rooftop and bell tower. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a briefing about the remarkable discovery of Bolivia and Peru that lies ahead, followed by a festive Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Sucre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Village of Candelaria, Tarabuco Andean Market
From Sucre travel to the rustic traditional village of Candelaria which produces many of the finest handmade weavings of blankets, rugs, ponchos and bags in the entire country. Here, admire first-hand the extraordinary textile crafts by skillful female weavers on a visit to their homes and to the small museum set up in the community. The journey continues to the historic town of Tarabuco, for a visit to an authentic Andean market, one of the town's main attractions -- observe the town's daily life, learn about the fascinating Yampara culture, listen to native music and see people in their traditional clothing. There’ll be time to shop to your heart's content and bargain for treasures to take back home! Lunch at a local restaurant with Bolivian favorites before returning back to Sucre for leisure time
Overnight: Sucre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Panoramic Drive to Potosi, Salar de Uyuni
On your long drive today, you'll be enchanted by the magnificent landscapes of Bolivia as you ascend into the tall mountains and rolling hills of rural Bolivia. Stop in Potosi, one of the higher cities in the world at 13,400 feet above sea level, which was once the largest and wealthiest city of the Americas during the silver boom. Your stop here for lunch shows the city's grand churches and ornate colonial architecture. Next, on to Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, home of the world's largest salt flat. A relaxing evening awaits you at your hotel in Uyuni
Overnight: Uyuni
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - Uyuni Salt Flats
At the train "cemetery" view the first steam locomotives ever used in Bolivia before driving to Colchani, home to the salt cooperative and access point to the great Uyuni Salt Flats. You'll marvel at the shimmering white carpet of salt, the largest in the world, a bizarre and surreal landscape that stretches as far as your eyes can see. You also can see the contrast of pink flamingos, rare hummingbirds and cacti as you walk on this incandescent surface. Uyuni is the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert like landscape. After a picnic lunch in the midst of the flats, time to admire this wondrous panorama. Before leaving, see how the local people extract blocks of salt and visit the unique hotel ever made of pure salt. A short drive then takes you to the town of Coquesa at the base of the Tunupa Volcano to see the infamous Mummy’s Tomb, dating back to the Incas. A light lunch is followed by a visit to Fish Island to see the tallest cactus in the world and expansive views of the Salt Flats
Overnight: Uyuni
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Wednesday - Flight to La Paz
Depart this morning on a flight to La Paz. Upon arrival, time on your own for personal pursuits or begin your exploration of this beautiful city where buildings cling to the side of the canyon. On a clear day, you can see the snow atop the mountains
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Explore La Paz
Today, you uncover the multi-ethnicity and unique cultural character of this city of contrasts. At Los Andes street, watch talented artisans produce traditional garments and colorful costumes and in the "Garita de Lima" neighborhood, visit local workshops where the famous native "bowler" hats are crafted. Walk around the Witches Market to get acquainted with the mystical rituals and stop to admire the huge array of stalls at the large handicraft market. In the historical heritage district, view San Francisco Church, one of the city's most important and historical landmarks, and the Government Palace. Continue to Jaen Street, dating back to the Colonial era, for a visit to the Precious Metal Museum, also known as the Gold Museum. Stop for breathtaking views of La Paz from the Killi Killi lookout before visiting the southern residential districts close to Moon Valley. Later, a visit to the Open Air Museum of the Tiwanaku Culture with its impressive 10 ton La Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun), an imposing stone fixture believed to be a solar calendar. Tonight, dinner together - it’s farewell to Bolivia!
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Sail on Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol, Copacabana, Puno
At Puerto Chua, board a Catamaran that cruises on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water, to mythical Isla del Sol, a large island with a colorful mix of indigenous people. After unending spectacular vistas and lunch on board, dock in Copacabana, the main Bolivian city on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Here, begin your journey across the border to the southern Peruvian city of Puno, on the other side of the lake. On your first night in Peru, savor the culinary delights of Andean cuisine at dinner together in Puno
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Cuzco, a World Heritage Site, Home Hosted Dinner
A flight this morning takes you to Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the longest inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Once capital of the Inca Empire, this lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Incan and the Spanish presence. Balance of the day is at leisure, for rest and relaxation. Tonight, you're invited to the home of a Peruvian family for a home hosted dinner. Sample traditional home-cooked Peruvian specialties and enjoy a warm and friendly cultural exchange
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Cuzco's Markets, Cooking Lesson, Temple of the Sun
Today, glimpse into the daily life in Cuzco starting with a visit to a local market where you join the locals shopping for their daily wares. On your walk, stop at some of the stalls to taste some local favorites, including fresh-baked Chuta bread. Later, at the Cuzco cemetery, learn about the Andean life and death traditions. Then, meet with a local shaman to witness the ceremony of "offerings" to the earth and sacred mountain protectors. A cooking lesson and demonstration of traditional Peruvian dishes concludes the morning followed by tastings of your delicious creations for lunch. Afterwards, continue to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings and the Temple of the Sun, once the most important religious site of the Incas. From here, travel to the massive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, that took over seven decades to complete, a prime example of Incan military architecture and to the mysterious limestone Kenko amphitheater, with its intricately carved depictions of mythical entities
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday - Astonishing Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's rediscovery in 1911. Spend the afternoon viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The amazing images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to your hotel in Cuzco in the early evening
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Puerto Maldonado, Experience the Amazon
A flight this morning takes you to Puerto Maldonado in the mysterious Peruvian Amazon, one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world. Begin your Amazon experience on a boat ride along the river to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge. After a short briefing and lunch, get ready for an afternoon excursion with your explorer guide. A walk along the winding trails offers an introduction to the jungle environment - an excellent opportunity for bird watching and observing exotic insects. At dusk embark on a Twilight River excursion, a guided boat ride on the Madre de Dios River, where you can witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world. As you enjoy the nighttime paradise, search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and big caimans. At dinner, share experiences with your fellow travelers of your first day in the Amazon. Listen to the captivating sounds of the jungle as you retire to your room
Overnight: Puerto Maldonado (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Tambopata National Reserve, Canoe Trips, Rainforest Canopy
Wake early if you want to enjoy nature at its fullest. The excursion today on Lake Sandoval transports you into the exotic Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe across a mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the lodge in time for lunch and then a walk along the remarkable Canopy and Anaconda Walkways. Ascending above the forest, begin your encounter with the treetop realm. You can literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this expedition, be on the lookout for bright toucans, woodpeckers, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. After your descent, experience the Anaconda Walk over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush ecosystem, you might see various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, abundant flora, and even snakes in this flooded marshland. Back at the lodge, attend the daily nature presentation followed by a scrumptious dinner together
Overnight: Puerto Maldonado (Amazon)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Thursday - Boat Ride to Puerto Maldonado, Butterfly House, Vibrant Lima
Travel by boat back to Puerto Maldonado. Along the way, your expert guide enlightens you about the rare medicinal plants in the Amazon used by tribes for generations. View exotic birds such as the bluish-fronted jacamar, collared trogon or red capped cardinal - a fusion of extraordinary colors. Stop for a visit at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the many different species of butterflies in Peru. Later, arrive at your hotel in Lima, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Leisure time in this vibrant capital of Peru
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Friday - Lima's Treasures, Farewell Dinner
The tour of Lima, with its astounding treasures and 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor, including the impressive Palace of the Archbishop, the opulent Government Palace where Peru's President resides and the 16th century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was placed by Pizarro. Admire the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornate carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Lima on your own. Perhaps opt to visit the Larco Herrera Museum housed in a restored 18th century mansion. Here admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and an exquisite exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. On your last night in Peru, share memories of your fabulous journey in Bolivia and Peru with your newfound friends at the festive Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Saturday - Depart Peru
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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