Peru & Bolivia Explorer

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Trip code: 
APBA
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Multi-country
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Discover the archaeological and natural wonders of Peru and Bolvia

The combination of culture, history and scenery of grandeur found in Peru and Bolivia makes for an incredible journey from Lima to La Paz. Besides the cobbled streets of Cuzco, the Inca Empire lays claim to the majestic fortresses of the Sacred Valley and the lost city of Machu Picchu. Across the altiplano in Bolivia awaits colourful Copacabana and the tranquil Isla del Sol, where we spend the night in an eco-lodge and explore the south and north of the island on gentle daywalks.

Highlights

  • Daywalks to ancient temples and ruins on Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol
  • Spectacular altiplano scenery as you drive over La Raya Pass
  • Copacabana, La Paz and the archaeological site of Tiahuanaco
  • Majestic Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Lima's colonial district and Cuzco's Spanish/Incan fusion architecture

Key information

  • 11 nights en suite hotels and 1 night eco-lodge
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Spends time at altitude
  • Travel by train, boat, bus, and 1 internal flight

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 lunches included
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Fly to Lima.

    The tour starts in Lima and the daytime group flights usually arrive into Lima late this evening. It is a thirty to forty-five minute transfer from the airport to our hotel in the Miraflores district.

    Accommodation: Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Free morning; afternoon city tour.

    The morning is free to rest after your flight.

    In the afternoon we have a half day tour (approx. three and a half hours) of colonial and modern Lima. We explore the residential district of Lima (Miraflores) and then the historical downtown area. We will discover the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and Government Palace (also known as ‘House of Pizarro’) as we take a short walk around the colonial centre. We also visit the incredible Church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinth of catacombs complete with the bones of Lima's wealthy eighteenth and nineteenth century residents!

    This evening perhaps a visit to the bohemian district of Barranco for some local food and a taste of the famous Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail.

    Accommodation: Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Fly to Cuzco (3400m); afternoon walking orientation tour.

    At around midday you will take the short (approx. one hour) flight to Cuzco and transfer to our centrally located hotel. Set amidst hills in the Andes, the imperial city of the Inca’s, was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish Conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles.

    It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m). In the afternoon there is a walking tour to visit the beautiful Plaza de Armas (main square), the traditional San Blas neighborhood and a Coca Museum.

    Accommodation: Hotel Warari (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Free day to explore the Inca capital.

    Today has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America's most beautiful cities. The Plaza de Armas is a fantastic spot for people watching, and the Koricancha Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and Monastery are worth a visit. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves.

    Outside the town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores.

    If you fancy something more active then there are a array of optional activities available from Cuzco that your leader can organise for you. These include paddle-boarding on a lake, mountain biking, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley.

    You will need to pack a smaller overnight bag this evening with enough clothes for the next two nights - your main luggage will be stored at the hotel in Cuzco until your return.

    Accommodation: Hotel Warari (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Sacred Valley excursion, visiting Pisac, Ollantaytambo and a local village.

    The Sacred Valley, which runs along the Urubamba River near Cuzco, is the true heartland of Incan culture. The high-Andean scenery is dotted with old towns and villages dating back to pre-Columbian times: we stop to visit a local community in the valley to learn about their lifestyle over a traditional lunch.

    In Pisac we encounter a picturesque landscape of terraces carved into the solid rock itself. This citadel was once of strategic importance as this site guarded a road from the lowlands.

    We usually arrive at the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo by the mid-afternoon. The colossal stone terraces found here give a sense of the scale of what is yet to come when we visit Machu Picchu. This was the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti as well as being of religious and defensive significance. We stay the night in Ollantaytambo.

    Accommodation: Tunupa Hotel (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Train to Aguas Calientes; guided tour of Machu Picchu.

    From Ollantayambo we catch the train to Aguas Calientes (approx. one and a half hours) and then take the bus to one of the greatest sights in the world, Machu Picchu. This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Your leader will give you a two/three hour guided tour of the ruins and afterwards there will be free time to explore at your leisure. There are some spectacular walks around the site that you may wish to do, including following the path to the Inca Drawbridge or even up to the Sun Gate for the iconic view of the ruins.

    This afternoon/evening you'll have plenty of time to explore Aguas Calientes, a lively hub with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. There is a fantastic market here where you can pick up textiles and clothing.

    Accommodation: Hotel Inti Punku (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Free morning or optional second visit to Machu Picchu; afternoon return to Cuzco.

    The morning is at your leisure. There is the opportunity to make a second visit to Machu Picchu (optional) if you wish - you will need to purchase an extra ticket to do so. Please inform your leader at the start of the holiday if you would like to purchase an extra entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. Alternatively you may decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, however please be aware that in recent years they have become over-crowded and the water quality can suffer as a result.

    In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo where we meet our bus and transfer the rest of the way to Cuzco by road.

    Accommodation: Hotel Warari (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Spectacular drive over La Raya Pass (4335m) to Puno, visiting sites en route.

    We travel to Puno by coach (eight to ten hours), following the Vilcanota River and then climbing onto the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Although it is quite a long drive, it is interesting and often spectacular. There are scheduled stops at sites along the route (and a lunch stop) to help break up the day and we get a feeling for the immensity of the Andean landscapes. Look out for alpaca farms too! We arrive into Puno (3,800m), on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the late afternoon.

    This evening you should pack your overnight things for the Isla del Sol into a daypack, as your main luggage will be left at the hotel in Copacabana.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casona Plaza (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Cross to Copacabana in Bolivia; boat on Lake Titicaca to Pillkokaina on Isla del Sol; walk to the ‘Fountain of Eternal Youth’.

    It's about a two to two and a half hour drive from Puno to the border crossing into Bolivia at Kasani. At the border we leave the bus (taking all of our luggage and belongings with us) and complete the immigration procedures, which can take about an hour. We walk about 300m from the Peruvian immigration office to the Bolivian immigration office, where we will be joined by our Bolivian guide. A tourist tax of approximately BOB70 (US$10) is payable in cash upon entry into Bolivia. It's a good idea to change some money into Bolivianos at the border or at Copacabana. We transfer the remaining ten minutes or so to Copacabana by minibuses / car and visit the impressive Basílica de la Virgen de Copacabana before stopping for lunch. Bolivia is an hour ahead of Peru so remember to change your watch.

    Your main luggage will be left at the hotel in Copacabana so you need only take your overnight bag to Isla del Sol (we recommend keeping any vauables with you).

    After lunch we board a boat and travel for an hour to Lake Tititcaca's beautiful Isla del Sol, disembarking at Pillkokaina port where we ascend the steps to the 'Fountain of Eternal Youth'. It's about an hour's walk to our eco-lodge, which allows us to take in the stunning surroundings; deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca in contrast to the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real. There is the option to walk to a viewpoint for sunset if you wish.

    Accommodation: Ecolodge La Estancia (or similar)
    Eco-lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Trek to the 'Temple of the Sun' (Chincana) in the north of the island; traditional 'apthapi' lunch; boat to Copacabana.

    Be prepared for one of the highlights of the trip. We walk across the Isla del Sol, from south to north (approx. four hours) - scenery doesn't get much better than this. We should arrive to 'The Temple of the Sun' (Chincana) around noon and we will explore the huge labrynth complex of ruins. We will also visit the Sacred Rock, carved in the shape of a puma, before taking a boat to Yumani (approx. fifty minutes). We will be treated to a traditional Apthapi lunch - a selection of dishes typically including boiled potatoes, vegetables, eggs, local tortilla, chicken, trout and sauces.

    After lunch we travel back to Copacabana by boat, and spend the night.

    Accommodation: El Rosario Lago Titicaca (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Drive via the Pre-Incan ruins of Tihuanaco to La Paz.

    Our destination is La Paz, but we visit the pre-Columbian ruins of Tiahuanaco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site en route. La Paz sits at 3,650m above sea leve and is the world’s highest administrative capital.

    Accommodation: Hotel Osira (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Free day La Paz; optional tours available.

    Today is free. Your leader will be able to make suggestions of things to do and see and help you organise it. Perhaps you might like to visit the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Francisco, and the Prado pedestrian area of La Paz. There are also various optional excursions available, including a Lunar Valley and Witches' Market tour. Lunar Valley is a short distance outside the city and is known for its intriguing landforms of eroded canyons, pinnacles and cacti. You might also want to explore the Witches' Market (Mercado de Hechicería) which sells unusual herbal and traditional remedies, some of which are quite unorthodox.

    Accommodation: Hotel Osira (or similar)
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Depart La Paz.

    The tour ends after breakfast. The group flights depart early this morning.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Arrive London.

    The group flights arrive into London this morning.

Extend Your Trip

Amazon Rainforest extension (from Lima)

Code: XPL

Easily accessible via a short flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima, the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a lodge in the incredibly rich Tambopata Reserve, we use motorised canoes to explore its lakes and rivers, and follow jungle trails to discover its dense forests. The detailed itinerary can be found here

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

 

 

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Bolivia

British Citizens, most Western European nationals, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities do not require visas. US citizens who are not of Bolivian origin need a visa of which full details are available on www.boliviawdc.com. If you are in any doubt, please contact the nearest Peruvian and Bolivian Embassies.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in Peru. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Bolivia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. For the rainforest extension, although the risk is not great, we advise you to take anti-malarial precautions and strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. You should be aware that Dengue Fever is present in the Amazon region - this is a non-preventable disease caused by daytime biting mosquitoes. You should always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 lunches are included in the price of the tour.

The tap water in Peru and Bolivia is not safe to drink. We recommend bringing a water bottle with you that can be refilled. Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dishes, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably we can not guarantee that wheat/gluten free products will be available for breakfast in all locations - if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food. Where lunch and dinner is not included we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Food in Peru and Bolivia is delicious and varied, with a wide range of fresh ingredients - local specialties to look out for include ceviche (a spicy dish of fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a stir fry) and the hearty soups.

Weather

Since Peru and Bolivia are in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of those in Europe; trips are therefore organized between April and October, to take advantage of the longer, warmer days in the rather brief summer period. You can expect to experience a range of temperatures and climates as we cover a lot of distance and travel from lowland areas to high altitude regions (>4,000m)!

Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate. The coastal desert including Lima, is generally dry but cloudy through most of the year. In Cuzco and the Andes, April to November is the dry season; during these months the sky is generally bright and clear with strong sunshine in the mornings, sometimes clouding over as the day progresses. In the Andes, however, anything is possible at any time of year, including cloud rolling up from the Amazon basin, rain or even snow, and rapid and unexpected changes! During the dry season temperatures at night can dip to around the freezing mark (and sometimes below!), particularly around Lake Titicaca.

Cuzco

Is this trip for you?

The size of Peru and Bolivia means that there are some long drives and early starts. The longest drive is from Cuzco to Puno on day 8, and takes roughly 8-10 hours including a couple of sightseeing stops and a lunch stop. We use private buses throughout, which are comfortable and the scenery is outstanding.

There are two short daywalks on the Isla del Sol, which although not particularly difficult in themselves, will feel harder than usual due to the altitude. On the first day on Isla del Sol we walk for about an hour, then there is an optional stroll uphill for sunset. On our second day on Isla del Sol we walk across the island from south to north, for approx. 4hrs. Please also note that temperatures on Lake Titicaca/Isla del Sol can be quite cold yet at the same time the sun is stronger at altitude; please come prepared.

This trip spends considerable time at altitude (max. overnight stay 3800m at Lake Titicaca) - please see the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes. This tour has been purposely designed to operate in the direction of Lima to La Paz to allow for gradual acclimatisation.

Accommodation

Hotels and 1 night eco-lodge

This tour spends eleven nights in tourist class (mostly local three-star) hotels with en suite facilities and one night in an eco-lodge on Isla del Sol (Lake Titicaca). Ecolodge La Estancia comprises fifteen cottages with private bathrooms; all have a view over Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real, and there is a comfortable restaurant and bar.

A limited number of single supplements are available on this trip from £370; please request a single room at the time of booking.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed November 2016
    Salonee Batavia

    Peru and Bolivia explorer

    An amazing trip full of adventure relaxation great food and colour.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I most loved visiting Bolivia. The salt pans were the best part of the trip and I can't get over the beauty of the red lagoon Cuzco was my 2nd favourite place obviously including Machu Picchu

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Leader was good though could have been more interactive with the group; especially at the start of the tour. However he was knowledgable helpful and calm.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for altitude sickness though this will surpass in a few days. Pack lightly and ensure plenty of warm fleeces hats and gloves. Be mindful of food sickness especially in Bolivia and stay clear of salads and ice. Almost half of our group became ill after having a buffet lunch.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is an amazing trip and stunning part of the world.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    PLEASE NOTE: There is an itinerary change on this tour from Jan 2017 onwards. This review and those prior to it refer to the previous itinerary.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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