Andean Discovery (Southbound)

  • Peru
  • Bolivia

Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot condors at Colca Canyon, meet the locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay, sample the delicious Peruvian cuisine.

Take the party to new heights in the rarefied air of the Andes. With other young travellers not afraid to try new things, you'll journey from the enigmatic Nazca Lines to the lost city of Machu Picchu and onward to incredible La Paz. You'll commune with the condors in Colca Canyon and feel like a local while crashing at a small village homestay at Lake Titicaca. Think of this as three weeks of climbing higher, going further, and pushing boundaries on the roof of South America.

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Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
JML
Travel Style
18-to-Thirtysomethings
Service Level
Basic
Physical Grading
4 - Demanding
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 18, avg 14.
Transport
Local bus, train, hiking.
Accommodation
Simple hotels (14 nights, some multi-share), overnight buses (2 nights), camping (3 nights), homestay (1 night).
Meals
15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Other
  • Hands-On: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Big Night Out: Cusco Local Living: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lago Titicaca
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (4 days)
  • View more
    • Colca Canyon excursion
    • Guided Lake Titicaca excursion
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Andean Discovery (Southbound) itinerary
  • Day 1Lima

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    Optional Activities:

    • Museum of the Inquisition

      Visit the Peruvian Inquisition headquarters showcasing somewhat grotesque wax figures in scenes of imprisonment and torture.

    • Lima City Tour

      Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day guided tour. Visit the San Francisco Church and its impressive catacombs, walk around Plaza de Armas, and get to know some of Lima's lovely neighbourhoods. For more information contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092.

    • Pachacamac - Lost Inca Citadel

      Visit the Lost Inca Citadel - Pachacamac, a series of pre-Incan adobe structures dedicated to Pachacamac or the "Earth Maker" located about 30km from Lima. Contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092 for further information.

    • Lima at Night and Water Circuit

      Get a different perspective of this vibrant city by visiting its highlights at night. Enjoy round-trip transportation and learn about the history at Plaza San Martin while taking in panoramic views, continue on to the iconic Plaza de Armas and soak it all in. End it off with a spectacular water show complete with lights, music, and dozens of fountains at the "Circuito Magico del Agua." Contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092 for further information.

    • Lima Paragliding

      Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

    Please note: hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

  • Day 2Lima / Paracas

    Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

    Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas.

    free time

    There's not a lot of time to explore this morning as the bus to the station picks up around midday.

    Local bus

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Minibus

    It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure.

    accommodation

    Hotel Refugio del Pirata

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 3Paracas / Nazca

    Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.

    There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife.

    Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica.

    Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Huacachina Winery Visit

    Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.

    accommodation

    San Marcelo Hotel

    Optional Activities:

    • Sandboarding in Ica

      Drive into the dunes in a sand buggy, making four stops along the way. Take some photos of the magnificent scenery before trying your hand at sandboarding down dunes of different sizes.

    • Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour

      Get ready to see some amazing wildlife on this trip to the Ballestas Islands (aka Peru's Little Galápagos). Spot playful sea lions, Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, and more than 200 sea birds. Be sure to bring your camera along!

    Meals Included

    • Dinner
  • Day 4Nazca / Arequipa

    Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

    free time

    Enjoy some free time during the day.

    Overnight bus

    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

    Optional Activities:

    • Flight over Nazca Lines

      The duration of the activity depends on how many are taking the flight. One to four passengers takes from 1 to 1.5 hrs. including transportation from the hotel to the airport. As the number of passengers increases, so does the time of the activity as there is limited space on the plane. Total airtime of the flight is 45 mins. It is strongly recommended to book this activity at least one day in advance.

      Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines – who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar.

    • Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour

      See remains of the Nazca culture during an included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla. Spot 1500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The entire desert area was also once home to the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stop for a visit at an artisan’s workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.

  • Day 5Arequipa

    Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

    Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

    For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

    free time

    Make the most of your time here.

    accommodation

    Hotel Arequipa Inn

    Optional Activities:

    • Santa Catalina Monastery Visit

      Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudéjar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

    • Arequipa City and Area Panoramic Bus Tour

      Get to know "the White City" and the surrounding area on a panoramic bus tour. Stop at picturesque viewpoints to capture the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at the white volcanic sillar rock architecture, and fall in love with Arequipa's cityscapes.

    • Juanita Museum

      Visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos, also known as the Juanita Museum for the well-preserved mummy of a young Incan girl sacrificed to the Incan Gods in the 1500s. Juanita remained preserved on the top of Mt Ambato until quite recently, she was discovered in the mid-90s and was briefly displayed in the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • Day 6Arequipa / Chivay

    Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

    Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuña.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour

    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.

    accommodation

    Casa de Lucila

    Optional Activities:

    • Hot Springs

      Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 7Chivay / Arequipa

    Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.

    Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour

    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    accommodation

    Hotel Arequipa Inn

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 8Arequipa / Cusco

    Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.

    free time

    Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.

    Overnight bus

    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

    Optional Activities:

    • Santa Catalina Monastery Visit

      Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudéjar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

    • Arequipa City and Area Panoramic Bus Tour

      Get to know "the White City" and the surrounding area on a panoramic bus tour. Stop at picturesque viewpoints to capture the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at the white volcanic sillar rock architecture, and fall in love with Arequipa's cityscapes.

    • Juanita Museum

      Visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos, also known as the Juanita Museum for the well-preserved mummy of a young Incan girl sacrificed to the Incan Gods in the 1500s. Juanita remained preserved on the top of Mt Ambato until quite recently, she was discovered in the mid-90s and was briefly displayed in the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 9Cusco

    Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

    free time

    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    accommodation

    Cusco Plaza I

    Optional Activities:

    • Whitewater Rafting Urubamba

      The activity includes a safety briefing, transportation, professional river guides, safety equipment, rafting equipment (self-bailing boats, professional life jacket, helmet, spray jacket), and a picnic lunch (with a vegetarian option). From 08:00 to 17:00, transport to the river is about 1.5 hrs each way. Rafting is roughly 2- 2.5 hrs.

      Not recommended for kids under 14.

      Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    • La Merced Visit

      Enjoy a visit to this historic church and convent, first built in 1536 and rebuilt in 1675 (it was destroyed in the 1650 earthquake). Take in the wonderful architecture here, including Baroque Renaissance cloisters and beautiful wood carvings. There's also an ornate monstrance on display; made of gold and covered with gemstones, it's a must see.

    • Inka Museum

      Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

    • Cusco City Tour

      Tour runs from 2:00PM. All of it is done by car, with walks around the visited ruins. Clothing depends on the weather, sunblock and a hat are recommended.

      Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    • Cusco Tourist Ticket

      This ticket allows admission at 16 sights of the city of Cusco including many popular museums and cathedrals, the ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, and sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Day 10Cusco

    Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

    free time

    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    accommodation

    Cusco Plaza I

    Optional Activities:

    • Whitewater Rafting Urubamba

      The activity includes a safety briefing, transportation, professional river guides, safety equipment, rafting equipment (self-bailing boats, professional life jacket, helmet, spray jacket), and a picnic lunch (with a vegetarian option). From 08:00 to 17:00, transport to the river is about 1.5 hrs each way. Rafting is roughly 2- 2.5 hrs.

      Not recommended for kids under 14.

      Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    • Cusco City Tour

      Tour runs from 2:00PM. All of it is done by car, with walks around the visited ruins. Clothing depends on the weather, sunblock and a hat are recommended.

      Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    • Inka Museum

      Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

    • Cusco Tourist Ticket

      This ticket allows admission at 16 sights of the city of Cusco including many popular museums and cathedrals, the ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, and sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 11Cusco / Ollantaytambo

    Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

    Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    accommodation

    Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo

    Optional Activities:

    • Sacred Valley Tour

      Opt to add a Sacred Valley tour, which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name.

    • Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

      Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

    • Sacred Valley Brewery

      Delight your tastebuds and sample high-quality beer with the breathtaking Sacred Valley as a backdrop. This craft brewery uses local ingredients to make award-winning brews and gives back to the surrounding communities. What's not to like?

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 12Ollantaytambo / Wayllabamba Camp, Peru

    Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

    Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Inca Trail Hike

    The first day of the Inca Trail will get your blood pumping and give you an idea of what's to come.

    Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail. The trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views; it’s just a taste of what’s to come.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

  • Day 13

    Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

    Inca Trail Hike

    This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax before the last full day of hiking. Take it slow and drink lots of water.

    Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwañusca (aka Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way – amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

    Inca Trail Hike

    The last full day of hiking on the Inca Trail has you crossing two passes and more ruins. Cross Runquraway at 3950m and then the second pass at 3700. With clear weather the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley are both visible int he distance. Camp at either the ruins of Phuyupatamarca or closer to the Wiñay Wayna ruins.

    Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Wiñay Wayna ruins.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15Wiñaywayna / Cusco

    The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

    Inca Trail Hike

    Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate as early as possible. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows. Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25-min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour

    Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

    Train

    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Big Night Out

    Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.

    accommodation

    Cusco Plaza I

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 16Cusco

    Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

    free time

    Get out there and see it all – or just chill out to your heart's content.

    accommodation

    Cusco Plaza I

    Optional Activities:

    • Whitewater Rafting Urubamba

      The activity includes a safety briefing, transportation, professional river guides, safety equipment, rafting equipment (self-bailing boats, professional life jacket, helmet, spray jacket), and a picnic lunch (with a vegetarian option). From 08:00 to 17:00, transport to the river is about 1.5 hrs each way. Rafting is roughly 2- 2.5 hrs.

      Not recommended for kids under 14.

      Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    • Inka Museum

      Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

    • Cusco City Tour

      Tour runs from 2:00PM. All of it is done by car, with walks around the visited ruins. Clothing depends on the weather, sunblock and a hat are recommended.

      Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    • Cusco Tourist Ticket

      This ticket allows admission at 16 sights of the city of Cusco including many popular museums and cathedrals, the ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, and sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 17Cusco / Puno

    Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

    Local bus

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    accommodation

    Hostal Helena Inn

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 18Puno / Lago Titicaca

    Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

    Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

    After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1

    Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands.

    Lake Titicaca Homestay

    Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share.

    accommodation

    Amantani Homestay

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 19Lago Titicaca / Puno

    Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

    Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2

    Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).

    free time

    Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.

    accommodation

    Hostal Helena Inn

    Optional Activities:

    • Sillustani Burial Towers Entrance

      1/2-day excursion. Can be done in the morning and the afternoon. Done on a pooled service unless booked as a large group. Transport time from Puno to the ruins is 45 minutes (one way). Guided time about 1 hr. No type of experience needed. Take warm clothing and a jacket or a fleece, hat and sunglasses. Sun screen (sun block) very important.

      Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno – their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height.

    • Lake Titicaca Kayaking

      Take to the waters of the highest navigable body of water in the world, Lake Titicaca, and paddle out to Laquina Island. Get a glimpse into local island life before heading back across the lake to Puno.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 20Puno / La Paz

    Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

    Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.

    Local bus

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia)

    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    accommodation

    Hotel Las Brisas

    Optional Activities:

    • Witches' Market Visit

      Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.

    • Valley of the Moon Tour

      Tour the lunar landscape of the Valley of the Moon, observe the clay formations carved into the landscape by years of erosion.

    • La Paz City Tour

      Explore the city on a guided tour. Check out stunning cathedrals, impressive museums, and lively markets, learning more about the history of this fascinating city. Look for majestic Mt Illimani in the background.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 21La Paz

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

    Optional Activities:

    • Witches' Market Visit

      Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.

    • Valley of the Moon Tour

      Tour the lunar landscape of the Valley of the Moon, observe the clay formations carved into the landscape by years of erosion.

    • La Paz City Tour

      Explore the city on a guided tour. Check out stunning cathedrals, impressive museums, and lively markets, learning more about the history of this fascinating city. Look for majestic Mt Illimani in the background.

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Only 1 tour can be discounted per passenger per reservation booking. If multiple tours are booked the discount will be applied to the most expensive tour booked.