Peru & Bolivia Explorer
from £1090 GBP
Peru & Bolivia Explorer
Countries: Bolivia, Peru
Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, roar across the Ica Desert in a dune buggy, watch Condors gliding the thermals in the Colca Canyon, stay overnight with a family on Lake Titicaca and explore the Amazon Rainforest and the Pampas grasslands.
Call: 0845 344 7546
This trip costs £1090 plus US$840 local payment
The capital of Peru, Lima is a city of contrasts. Here you'll encounter both abundant wealth and grinding poverty, modern skyscrapers next to some of the finest museums and historical monuments in Latin America. You will have a free day to explore its many museums, markets and colonial plazas.
Our first stop, south of Lima, on the Peru overland travel adventure is at the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. Here we take a boat trip to view one of the most important marine reserves in the world with the highest concentration of rare and exotic sea birds and sea mammals.
An hours drive inland in the heart of the Ica Desert is Peru's main wine centre. Here we visit the Tacama winery, originally a Jesuit run Bodega it now produces export quality wines as well as Peru's national drink, Pisco. After our own tasting session we continue a few kilometres to the nearby Oasis of Huacachina. A palm fringed lake surrounded by impressive sand dunes, you can relax on the beach, go for a swim & then if its an adrenaline rush you're after head out with your Tour Leader on a custom made dune buggy & roar across the desert sands to the top of enormous dunes & then sand board down them - imagine snowboarding but on sand instead! Tonight, after an unforgettable desert sunset, we sit around the campfire while our guides cook up a storm, followed by a night sleeping out under the stars.
Travel to Peru is not complete without a trip to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries - the Nazca Lines. Only discovered 80 years ago from the air, these huge figures carved into the desert floor are best viewed by light aircraft. Thought to have been made by three different civilisations going back more than 2000 years, there are many contrasting theories about what they signify and why they are there, it is worthwhile asking local opinion - you may well be surprised with the replies, this will undoubtedly be one of the best experiences on your Peru travel adventure! Also memorable is a visit to Chauchilla Cemetery with its well-preserved mummies. Leaving the Atacama Desert we begin to climb into the Andes mountain range towards Arequipa.
Days 5 to 8
Four days are dedicated to exploring this beautiful colonial city and the spectacular surrounding area. Continuing as always with our theme of adventure travel, Peru offers many options to go white water rafting, cycling, trekking, horse riding as well as a visit to the Colca Canyon, which at 900m is not only one of the deepest in the world but also the home of the majestic Condors. Here you can view the condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
Days 9 to 10
Our overnight coach journey across the Andes takes us to Cuzco, the outdoors capital of Peru and our base for the next 7 days. Although Cuzco is today a colonial city most of its churches and museums are built on top of original Inca stonewalls which are clearly visible. You have the option of doing a day tour of the beautiful Urubamba or Sacred Valley of the Incas where you'll find temples, terraces, local communities and markets before returning to Cuzco for a good night's sleep before your Inca Trail!
Days 11 to 14
We head out early from Cuzco to the Urubamba Valley from where we begin our 4 day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This moderate to strenuous hike is a once in a lifetime experience and anyone with a good level of fitness can master it. A stunning combination of awesome views, Inca ruins, magnificent mountains and exotic adventure.
A free day in Cuzco to relax and recover as well as explore more of the city and its museums and churches or look for local crafts from Alpaca woollen jumpers to musical instruments. The adventurous can go white water rafting on the Urubamba or Apurimac River.
Days 16 to 18
Bordering Peru and Bolivia at 3800m lies Lake Titicaca which will be one of the most memorable stops on your tour. Lake Titicaca is the original place of the Uros Indians who have made their homes on floating reed islands. By boat we visit the floating islands during the day and then we go that one step beyond the average and spend the night with one of the Indian families on the lesser known islands Isla Amantani or Taquile. Spending some time in these local communities is a definite highlight of travel to Peru and is almost like stepping back in time. This experience will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about the traditional lifestyle of the Andean people and their customs as well as supporting these families with some extra income.
Days 19 to 21
Our tour of Peru draws to a close this morning, as we leave for Bolivia. Just after crossing the border, is the picturesque lakeside village of Copacabana where we stop for the night. From here we continue onto the impressive city of La Paz.
Please note that this next part of the trip is not escorted by your Oasis tour leader, but by an experienced jungle guide.
Depart La Paz by plane to Rurrenabaque, a small town on the Beni River. We transfer you to your hotel and overnight here.
Days 23 to 24
Meeting our guide we jump on board jeeps for the journey to the Yacuma River in the Pampas. We transfer to motorised canoe and travel to our camp on the edge of the river, passing tortoises sunning themselves, alligators lying on the banks with their jaws open and capybara cooling off in the shallows. During our time in the Pampas we hope to spot pink dolphin, all sorts of monkeys, maybe a toucan or anaconda. In the evening we venture out in the canoe to see alligators' eyes glowing in the dark. Our accommodation is basic- no flushing loos or showers
Back to the jeeps for the drive to Rurrenabaque. From here we travel by motorised canoe along the Beni River to our jungle camp in Madidi National Park.
Our guide will take us on walks to spot different kinds of monkeys and birds and teach us about the traditional uses of plants, some for medicine, some for poison! At night we can go on a trek, the only way to experience the sounds of the jungle!
Transfer back to Rurrenabaque for the flight to La Paz. Your trip ends on arrival in La Paz.
Additional local payment of US$490 to be paid on arrival. Some meals included.
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This placement would suit:
those with a sense of adventure and who want to see the highlights of Peru but don’t want to go it alone.
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