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Peru and Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats

16 days, Lima to La Paz

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Experience the awe-inspiring wonders of Bolivia and Peru. Learn about Peru’s storied past in the former Inca capital of Cusco, and venture into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Hike the Inca Trail—or catch the scenic train—to the endlessly fascinating Machu Picchu; then travel to Bolivia to see the striking Salar de Uyuni and colonial cities surrounded by soaring Andean peaks.

16 days - Lima to La Paz

From$4399USD
Valid on Feb 27 2021
Trip Code: SPBNG

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Experience the awe-inspiring wonders of Bolivia and Peru. Learn about Peru’s storied past in the former Inca capital of Cusco, and venture into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Hike the Inca Trail—or catch the scenic train—to the endlessly fascinating Machu Picchu; then travel to Bolivia to see the striking Salar de Uyuni and colonial cities surrounded by soaring Andean peaks.

Award Winning Inca Trail Program

Named Best Inca Trail Tour Operator by the Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco (RDFTTC) in Peru. Your purchase of this tour helps employ over 560 local guides, porters, cooks, drivers, and office staff — connecting local communities to the global tourism chain. Learn more.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

16 days - Lima to La Paz

From$4399USD
Valid on Feb 27 2021
Trip Code: SPBNG

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Round-trip to Lima from

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Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

100

Machu Picchu is one of the few places in the world where reality often surpasses a person’s imagination.” — National Geographic Explorer, Johan Reinhard, "50 Places of a Lifetime, National Geographic Traveler

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Itinerary

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Lima/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to our comfortable lodge, situated near the Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon rainforest. Spot local bird species along the lush shores of the Tambopata River en route to the lodge, and set off on an evening walk with a naturalist guide before dinner, keeping an eye out for some of the rainforest’s nocturnal creatures.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Tambopata

Spend the day exploring the thriving ecosystems of the rainforest with our lodge’s naturalist guides. Scan the treetops for toucans, howler monkeys, and sloths, and glide along oxbow lakes on canoes for a chance to glimpse river otters, turtles, and, if we’re lucky, anacondas. After dinner, embark on a river tour by motorized canoe on the lookout for caimans, the smaller cousins of alligators, which are often found hiding near the muddy banks.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Tambopata/Cusco

Travel out of the jungle by boat and catch a flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, soaring above the Andes into Peru’s Inca heartland. This evening, visit the Cusco Planetarium for a presentation on the skies of the Southern Hemisphere, and learn about the vital role that astronomy played in the lives of the ancient Inca. Weather permitting, peer through the planetarium's telescopes for a dazzling look at the stars.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Cusco Planetarium

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Cusco/Urubamba

Drive to the scenic Sacred Valley for a full day of exploration with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures–supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a rural Andean community working to preserve hundreds of varieties of native potato. During this exclusive experience, you'll walk through the park to learn about potato cultivation, traditional weaving, and the importance of both these practices to Andean culture. We’ll also visit the fascinating Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, and enjoy a meal at the G Adventures–supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Traditional Andean Experience| Your G for Good Moment Parque de la Papa (Potato Park)| Your G for Good Moment Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6Inca Trail

Set out on the iconic Inca Trail, departing Urubamba by van to the starting point of the trek. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Andean countryside, hiking along meandering streams and crossing remote mountain villages and ancient ruins as we get warmed up for the more challenging days ahead.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Inca Trail

Today, we ascend the long, steep path to Warmiwa?usca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass—the highest point on the Inca Trail, at 4,198 meters (13,769 feet). Enjoy stunning views of the Sacred Valley as you make your way up the rugged terrain, and aim to reach our camp by early afternoon. Rest and relax at camp the remainder of the day.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Inca Trail

Today we’ll cross two spectacular passes. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, one can catch a glimpse of the snowcapped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Continue through cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass, and arrive at the misty Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca at 3,650 meters (11,972 feet), known as "the city above the clouds.” We will either camp here or settle at a further spot, near the beautiful terraces of the Wi?ay Wayna ruins, at 2,650 meters (8,694 feet).

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of our hike begins before dawn. Reach the Sun Gate—the last checkpoint on the Inca Trail—in time to witness daybreak over Machu Picchu. This 15th-century Inca citadel was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from National Geographic. Hike down for a guided tour through the temples and terraces of this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site before catching a bus to the frontier town of Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have free time for lunch. Continue by train to Cusco.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Cusco/La Paz

Catch a flight to the highest capital in the world—La Paz, Bolivia. In the afternoon, take an immersive tour of the lofty city by foot, van, and cable car. Explore vibrant squares, historical sites, and lively local markets, learning more about the balance of old and new along the way. This evening, enjoy an interactive culinary experience at a popular local restaurant, including demonstrations on how traditional foods such as quinoa are integrated into modern fusion dishes. With a local chef as our guide, we’ll sample a variety of dishes and discuss the growing popularity of La Paz as a culinary destination.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment La Paz Culinary Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11La Paz/Sucre

Catch a flight to charming Sucre, then enjoy an orientation walk around the main square. This afternoon, relax at a local café, explore on your own, or opt to take an immersive tour of Sucre with a local expert that focuses on the city’s stunning colonial architecture and historic sites, best viewed from the ubiquitous rooftop terraces.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Potosi Countryside

Enjoy free time this morning before travelling into the southern highlands to our historic hacienda. Surrounded by lush agricultural fields and rolling hills, this working farm offers unique opportunities for cultural exchanges with the resident family. Get a glimpse into daily life here while lending a hand at the dairy and in the fields, and step back in time during visits to the property’s private rooms, chapel, and museum. Cap off your experience with an authentic farm-to-table dinner featuring an array of local specialities.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Bolivian Hacienda Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13Potosí/Uyuni

Make the short drive to the centre of Potosí and enjoy a guided tour of the Casa Nacional de la Moneda, the old silver mint and now a museum dedicated to Bolivian art and history. Take a scenic drive to Uyuni, gateway to the world's largest salt flat. Learn about the industrialization of salt and the geographical history of the region while driving across this mirror-like landscape. Enjoy a sunset picnic atop the flats before returning to our hotel.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14Uyuni

Journey deeper into the salt pans to explore their varied geographical features. Along the way, stop at the remote town of Santiago de Agencha, a small Quechua community supported by G Adventures. Here, we enjoy a guided walk to learn about quinoa production and the cultural history of the area. Savour lunch prepared with local ingredients before continuing our exploration of the desert and its pans.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Jukil Community Experience & Lunch

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15Uyuni/La Paz

Catch a flight to La Paz and enjoy free time to explore before joining the group for an optional farewell dinner.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16La Paz

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: La Paz Culinary Experience, La Paz
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Bolivian Hacienda Experience, Potosí
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Pisac
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lunch, Santiago de Agencha
  • Arrival transfer
  • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
  • Sacred Valley tour
  • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • La Paz city tour
  • Sucre orientation walk
  • Excursions to the Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (9 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts), Hacienda/farm (1 nt).

Meals

15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Allow USD290-380 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, 4x4 vehicle, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Cusco Cooking Class - From $46.00

Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class. Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out the freshest ingredients. Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties.

Lima Cooking Class (4hrs) - From $79.00

Get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, visit local markets, sample exotic fruit, select fresh ingredients, and try your hand at preparing unique Peruvian dishes influenced by China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan.

My Own Room - From $739.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Peru and Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats

| 16 days - Lima to La Paz - from $4399 USD
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