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Joining Perú y Bolivia

Code: PBS01

Highlights: Lima, Paracas, Líneas de Nazca, Islas Ballestas, Cusco, Machupicchu, Puno, La Paz, Lago Titicaca, Salar de Uyuni, Potosí, Sucre. 

Duration: 18 Days/17 Nights 

Starts: Lima - Peru 

Ends: La Paz – Bolivia 

Minimum: 2 persons 


DAY 1 


Arrival, reception in the airport of Lima and transfer to the hotel. 

In the afternoon, City tour Lima Antigua, guided tour through the most important and attractive places of Lima or “Cityof Kings”; the tour will visit the colonial area of Lima, Mayor Square, San Martín Square, Basilica Cathedral, Municipal Palace, Arzobispal; Santo Domingo Church, where you can find the tumbs of Santa Rosa and San Martín de Porres, colonial balconies.  

Visit the Convent and San Francisco Church, consider Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO, the tour includes visit to the Basilic of 21 altars, cloister convent, capitular and clementina rooms, chorus and lybrary of the monks, museum that exhibits 11 paintings of Rubens school, Sacristy with painting of Surbarán and Rivera, the great yard decorated with sevillian tilesof XVI century, moriscos archs and underground catacombs. 

Tour of Modern Lima, San Isidro district which maintains an interesting dynamism in residential and commercial development. Miraflores where all the positive aspect of Peru, historic, cultural, art, urbanism, gastronomy, museums, handicrafts, music and other, gather together. 

Overnight in Lima. 


DAY 2 

Lima - Paracas – Islas Ballesta. 

Departure to the city of Paracas at 03:45 hours, arrival at 07:15 hours; transfer at the port; at 08:00 hours, excursion to Paracas Peninsula, sanctuary of the most important wildlife of the peruvian coast, motor boat trip by Ballestas Islands within the Paracas National Reserve, habitat of sea lions, Sula birds, pelicans, penguin sand other seabirds. At the return of the island, you will have the opportunity to see the "Candelabro", a giant figure Nazca lines Style made by sand.  

At 11:00 hours guide tour through Paracas Reserve, protected zone whose name derives from a quechua Word mining “rain of sand”, situated in an area of 335.000 hectares, considered one of the ecosystem more important of the planet, where they inhabit abundant quantities of marine flora and fauna besides zooplankton and phytoplankton. Free Afternoon. 

Overnight in Paracas. 


DAY 3 

Nazca – Lima. 


At 07:25 hours, departure to the city of Nazca, arrival  at 11:15 hours; transfer at aerodrome to over flight the Nazca Lines, mysterious and huge line drawings of animals, birds and geometrical figures drawn in the desert, that only can be seen from the air. Departure to the city of Lima at 16:30 hours, arrival at 00:00 hours. 

Overnight in Lima. 


DAY 4 

Lima – Cusco. 


Transfer to the airport, to take the flight to Cusco. 

Reception in Cusco and transfer to the hotel, welcome coca infusion beverage. Free morning. I the afternoon, (13:20 y 13:45 hours approximately), starts the visit to the city and ruins nearby; the tour shows the impressive colonial city built on incas bases that visit: the Cathedral, of renaissance structure and fine paintings from “cuzqueña school”, “Koricancha”, or Sun Temple, continues the visit a to the four ruins nearby  Cusco; “Sacsayhuaman” (located 5 Km. From the city), “Qenqo”, sacrated amphitheater, center of worship to god Puma, place where human sacrifices were made, “Pucapucara” or “Fortaleza roja”, named by the tone of the rocks take on the sunset, “Tambomachay”, temple to make tribute to the water.  

Return to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco. 


DAY 5 


Breakfast, lunch. 

At 08:30 hours, initiates the excursion to the Sacrated Valley, tour of the town Pisac, picturesque colonial town, (On Sundays the catholic mass is celebrated in Quechua), on route, to the towns of “Ccoya, Lamay”, “Calca” and “Urubamba”. Lunch Buffet. In the afternoon the visit guidedat the town of “Ollantaytambo”, place where the “Ollantaytambo” archeological park is located, gigantic religious and military administrative social agricultural complexin “Tahuantinsuyo” time. Return to Cusco through “Chincheros” town, old agricultural center Inca, beautiful Andean landscape that standout for its colonial church.  

Overnight in Cusco. 


DAY 6 

Cusco – Aguas Calientes. 

Breakfast, lunch. 

Transfer to the train station to start the tour to de Machu Picchu city, after 3 1/2hours in train, arrival to the station on “Aguas Calientes” town. Transfer to the hotel. Free Afternoon enjoy the town. 


Optional: Thermal Baths x passenger account. 

Overnight in Aguas Calientes 


DAY 7 

Cusco – Machu Picchu. 

Breakfast, lunch. 

At the coordinated hour, transfer to the station “Puente Ruinas”, a bus will take you to the lost city of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”, the most famous example of inca architecture, was discovered in 1911, by Hiram Bingham. The excursion visits the principal buildings of the city, such as: “El Mirador, Templo de las Tres Ventanas, El Intihuatana, La Plaza Principal”. At the end of the excursion a bus will take you back to Aguascalientes town, lunch in a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, departure from the station in train in Aguas calientes. Arrival to the city of Cusco and transfer to the hotel.  

Overnight in Cusco. 


DAY 8 

Cusco – Puno. 

Breakfast, lunch. 

After Breakfast, transfer to the terminal, at 08:00 hours, departure in a touristic bus to Puno, town located in the shores of Titicaca Lake (3.800 amsl), on route to archeological attractions. Transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight in Puno. 


Optional: In the afternoon excursion to the Island of the Uros amazing archipelago of islands built from Totora. Return to Puno.  



Puno – Copacabana – La Paz. 

Breakfast, lunch. 

At 07:00 hours transfer to the terminal to aboard the touristic bus with destination to the majestic Sanctuary of Copacabana, an Andean village located on the shores of the "Lago Sagrado" (Sacred Lake) of Incas and Sanctuary of the "Virgen Morena". Excursion across the Titicaca Lake aboard a typical boat to the "Isla del Sol" (Sun's Island), place of great natural beauty with great terraces of crops and the blue lake in the background, considered as a legendary place where the Inca dynasty began at the head of Manco Capac (male) and Mama Ocllo (female); The island holds remains of the ancient civilization, such as the Yumani stairs, the fountain of Eternal Youth and the viewpoint from where you can see the incomparable beauty of Titicaca Lake and the majesty of the Andes. Return to Copacabana. Departure to La Paz, transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight in La Paz. 


DAY 10 

La Paz – Tiwanaku. 

Breakfast, lunch. 

After breakfast, excursion to Tiwanaku, a pre-Inca archaeological site (1,500 b.c.) located 72 km from the city of La Paz, in the Bolivian highlands; known for the monuments and admirable lytic sculpture; The tour visits the great temple of Kalasasaya, built with big stones, the Puma Punku pyramid, ruins that show the great stones used in its construction and the use of staples for its union, the "Puerta del Sol" (Sun's door), lithic portal worked in one single block of stone, the most wonderful example of perfection work of construction reached by this culture. 

Overnight in La Paz. 


DAY 11 

La Paz - City Tour y Valle de la Luna 

Breakfast, dinner. 

Reception and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, City Tour and Moon Valley, guided tour that starts with the visit to typical markets in the city of La Paz, such as handicrafts markets, the exotic market of witches, where you can find articles related with rituals celebrations, medicinal plants and incense smokes that structure a colorful picture with singular originality; The traditional Church of "San Francisco", built with stone with a door  carved with Baroque blend with native motifs. The "Murillo Square" or "Plaza de Armas", the traditional "Calle Jaen" with museums that presents the history and national identity. 

Tour inside the modern cable car system that offers a panoramic view of La Paz city, bus ride through residential neighborhoods of the city, to finally visit the incomparable Moon Valley, received its name after Neil Armstrong visited the site and remarked how the landscape resembled that of the moon. Transfer to the terminal. Departure by bus to the city of Uyuni. 

Night aboard the bus. 


DAY 12 

Uyuni- Salar de Uyuni.  

Breakfast, lunch. 

Reception at bus station. After breakfast, the tour starts with a visit to the "cemetery of trains", where you will see "skeletons" of locomotives and wagons across the "Altiplano" (high attitude bolivian desert), remind us of a successful Bolivian mining past. Excursion to the Salt Lake (Salar de Uyuni), visiting the village of Colchani, located at 20 km from the city of Uyuni which is the obligatory stop on the way to the majestic Salt Lake, a crafts market located on the main street, artisanal proccesing salt plants, the cut and manual extraction of salt blocks; the first "Salt Hotel" built entirely with salt blocks. Excursion to Incahuasi Island, characterized by its formations of limestone rock, with remains of corals and marine shells, full of capricious caves and giant cactus of 8 to 10 m. height. 

The day concludes with the magical experience of seeing the sunset from this place, which is considered as a magical moment painted with strong red and orange like flashes of fire. 


Overnightin Uyuni or Colchani. 


At night the sky becomes a vault with flashes of billions of stars, that can be seen on the horizon with no need to move your head up; the number of shooting stars that can be observed and the perception of the constellations, make this moment a wonderful experience. 

During rainy season, only a few millimeters of water cover the surface of the Salt Lake and like magic the line between earth and sky disappears, the stars descend from the sky by the water reflex. 

* (As long as the overnight is spend in Colchani or around the Salar Lake) 


DAY 13 

Uyuni – Potosí. 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

After breakfast, transfer to Potosí city. Reception and transfer to the hotel. 

After lunch, visit the "Cerro Rico de Potosí", an excursion inside the silver mountain will be carried out, where you will see the hard work of minerals manual extraction, this activity is still the basis of local economy. Miners don't forget their secular traditions, originating strange and mystical rituals of religion and paganism, without doubt is an exciting experience to know their myths, legends, sacrifices and hopes. 

Overnight in Potosi. 



DAY 14 

Potosí - Sucre.  

Breakfast, lunch. 


After breakfast, City Tour which starts from the main square "Plaza 10 de Noviembre" or "Plaza de Armas", located in the urban center of the city, surrounded by buildings from colonial period, including the colossal Basilica of the main Cathedral, in a baroque style. "La Casa de la Moneda" founded in 1572, great building from colony times, was constructed for coins mint by the Spanish period in America. After lunch, visit the Museum of "Santa Teresa" a monastery of the "Discalced Carmelites" founded in 1685, considered one of the best museums of sacred art. 

Transfer and exit to the city of Sucre at 17: 00. Reception and transfer to hotel. 

Overnight in Sucre. 


DAY 15 



After breakfast, City tour begins with the visit to "La Casa de la Libertad" (Freedom House), located at the main square "Plaza 25 de Mayo", whose infrastructure was built in the early seventeenth century, where the Assembly proclaimed the Bolivian Independence; Then the Franciscan Monastery of Recoleta, a peaceful place to contemplate the city, colonial buildings, churches, convents and the solar clock, San Lázaro church, Santo Domingo church, well known and frequented because keeps the image of the Lord Of the Great Power (Señor del Gran Poder), the Textile Museum Asur, where you will find an exposition of textile art from Jalkas and Tarabucos, whom maintain their textile traditions until this day, the San Felipe Nery Convent  from whose vaults and terrace you can observe much of the city and finally a tour to the main historical monuments of the city. 

Overnight in Sucre. 


DÍA 16 

Sucre – Jatum Yampara. 

Breakfast, lunch. 

After breakfast, excursion to Jatun Yampara, indigenous village located 23 km from the city of Sucre, this village rescues the values of Yampara culture, one of the oldest cultures of the continent characterized by its typical houses, colorful clothing and the native indigenous costumes, people dedicated to the Andean agriculture, the elaboration of textiles, ceramics and handicrafts. Visit the textile, archeological and agricultural museum of the community. 

Overnight in Sucre. 


DAY 17 

Sucre – La Paz.  

Breakfast, dinner. 

Transfer to the airport to board the flight to the city of La Paz. Reception and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon.  

Dinner or Dinner show. Bolivia has an important ecological and cultural diversity, culinary ingredients have made important gastronomic offerings, sophisticated restaurants emerge in the city of La Paz, Bolivia's main gastronomic center, fresh and innovative menus merging traditional and modern ingredients, make unforgettable experiences. 

Overnight in La Paz. 



La Paz. 

Transfer out. 

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