Trilogy of the Andes

Lima • Cusco • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • Cusco • Puno • Titicaca Lake • La Paz • Sun and Moon Islands • Uyuni Salt • San Pedro de Atacama • Santiago

01

… / LIMA

Welcome to Peru!
Upon your arrival to Lima international airport, you will be met by a representative and taken to your hotel situated in the residential district of Miraflores. Hotel arrival and check – in (15:00 hours).
Overnight. ( – )

Lima: 154 masl

02

LIMA 

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning at leisure to rest or visit the city by your own.
We start our tour with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid” a magnificent ceremonial and archeological center built in the 4th century a.D. and considered a “sacred village” by the Incas. Then we will visit the Historical Center of Lima, where you will appreciate more than fifty monuments and Colonial edifications, such as the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace amongst others.

We will visit the Museum of the Banco Central de Reserva*, here we will admire the “Treasures of Perú” Collection, a fine selection of objects made of gold, ceramics and textiles from different pre-columbian cultures. We will visit the monumental San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. Our highlight will be the visit of the underground vaults, known as “Catacumbas” or Catacombs. Finally, we will visit traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larcomar. Return to hotel.
Overnight (B)

*Museum of the “Banco Central de Reserva” is closed to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Monday closed all day.
Lima: 154 masl

03

LIMA / CUSCO 

Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to the airport to board your domestic flight to Cusco. (Flight is not included). Arrival and transfer to the selected hotel. Rest of the morning at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.

In the afternoon, pick up for your City Tour Cusco where you will visit The Cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the nearby ruins: Qenqo (Ceremonial and Ritual center, place where sacrifices were made), Puca Pucara (this complex was probably used by Emperor Pachacutec as a tambo), Tambomachay (also called “The Bath of the Inca”) and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel (B)

Cusco: 3,395 masl

04

CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – CUSCO

Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning departure for our visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will visit the textile center Awanacancha, then we will go to the town of Pisac, here we will visit a picturesque craft market where we can see how until today the locals maintain the tradition of exchanging their things or food, just like it was done in the past. Buffet lunch in a local restaurant.
Later we will go to the town of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the fortress that bears the same name. Here we will visit the most important attractions of the place, and our guide will give us an explanation about its history.
Returning to Cusco, we will visit the town of Chinchero and its small chapel. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight (B, L).

Sacred Valley: 2,800 masl

05

CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO 

Breakfast in the hotel.
This day will be the highlight of our trip, the visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Very early we will depart from Ollanta train station towards the majestic city of Aguas Calientes, the travel time is approximately 01 hour 30 minutes. Arrival to Aguas Calientes town, from here we will board the buses to ascend to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world. The tour will be 02 hours and 30 minutes and the visit includes the Intihuatana (the Solar Clock), the Palace of the Incas, the Three Windows, etc. At the end of it we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to go shopping.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
At a scheduled time, transfer to the station to board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight. (B, L)

Machu Picchu: 2,400 masl

06

CUSCO / PUNO 

Breakfast in the hotel.
Travel through the highlands. At 07:00 hours transfer to the bus station to board the tourist bus to Puno. On the way we will visit the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church (3,093 masl) built in 1,580 and known as “The Sistine Chapel of Peru”, the Raqchi Archaeological Center (3,475 masl) known as the Wiracocha Temple of God. Buffet lunch in Sicuani (3,540 masl). Our trip continues to La Raya (4,335 meters above sea level), the highest point of the trip, where you can see beautiful landscapes, vicuñas and llamas. This place is also known as “Union of Two Cultures” (Quechua – Cusco and Aymara – Puno); we continue towards Pucara (3,879 masl), where the origins of the Andean Culture of the Altiplano are discovered and finally, the Kalasaya Archaeological Complex.
Arrival in Puno and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight. (B, L)

Puno: 3,827 masl

07

PUNO – COPACABANA – YUMANI – CHUA – CATAMARAN

Breakfast.
Early land transfer to Copacabana for a brief visit of the Sanctuary of Copacabana and then board the catamaran cruise ship to sail to Sun Island, birthplace of the Inca Empire. In this legendary island you will visit the Inca’s Garden, Stairs and Fountain. The itinerary continues with a visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex which includes the Ekako Underground Museum, the Traditional Medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders Display Centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca Terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica Lounge, and at the Manco Kapac gazer, the largest variety of Andean camelids. The visit to our Complex also includes a unique sailing experience on a huge Titikaka traditional reed vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace.
Afterwards, return to the catamaran to enjoy a buffet lunch on board overlooking the breathtaking Titicaca Lake.
The tour continues arriving in Chua port to take a short walk and visit a typical house inhabited by an elderly lady that will allow appreciating the real livelihood of aymara people in the altiplano. At night, dinner and overnight on board, in double cabins with exterior view and private bathroom.
Overnight. (B, L, D)

Sun Island: 4,075 masl

08

CATAMARAN – LA PAZ

After breakfast on board, continue navigation enjoying the overwhelming panorama of Lake Titicaca towards the Andean communities of Pariti, Kalauta and Patapatani located on the shores of the smaller portion of the Lake known as “Wiñay Marca”.
First, visit Pariti island, a mystic place where local people themselves started finding various ceramic pieces during their daily. The ones that stand out are figures of wildlife such us tigers, monkeys, etc. which leads to think that Pariti was a ceremonial site visited by peoples from beyond the Andes. All these objects are currently in display at the Pariti Museum, which is part of the itinerary.

Continue now towards Kalauta navigating in typical fishing barges that will allow a unique experience where rowing among the totorales (reed plants) gives a special sense of peace and mysticism that only this pristine portion of the lake has.
In Kalauta one can appreciate a great deal of funeral towers. Kalauta was once an ancient stone town and the largest prehispanic necropolis. Here you’ll enjoy a snack.

Then, the navigation continues towards Pata Patani where the community welcomes tourists at the port handing them garlands made of flowers by themselves and makes them actively participate in their dances to the sound of typical instruments. A visit to the Pata Patani Museum is also in the itinerary; this museum shelters the oldest best preserved Andean mummy called Tani.
Afterwards, return to the catamaran to enjoy buffet lunch on board while sailing in the Titicaca Lake continues. Transfer to La Paz.
Overnight. (B, L).

La Paz: 3,600 masl

09

LA PAZ 

Breakfast at hotel.
Pick up form hotel to visit the famous Witches Market, the colonial Church of San Francisco and crafts shops on Sagarnaga Street. The tour continues to the Murillo Square, where are located the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace and Parliament buildings.

Then visit the famous Jaen Street a colonial neighborhood, where the most interesting museums in the city are clustered together, from there we will go to the replica of the Semi-subterranean temple of Tiwanaku Culture. Changing scenery, the tour continues to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and Florida. The tour ends with a visit to the spectacular Valley of the Moon, passengers will have the opportunity to take a short hike and visit a ceramic workshop where there will be a demonstration of this art. Return to the hotel. Overnight. (B)

La Paz: 3,600 masl

10

LA PAZ – UYUNI SALT – COLCHANI

Breakfast.
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to transfer to airport. Arrival and departure to the Colchani village where is possible to observe the extracting salt process by hand and the salt local handicrafts. Visit to “Playa Blanca” a museum of salt; “Ojos de Sal”, the salt eyes, interesting to be the exit points of the salt water; salt hexagons, geometric shapes on the salt flats surface, piles of salt and we will cross the salt flats to enjoy the beautiful landscapes.

Visit to Incahuasi Island, it is located in the heart of the salt flat and it is the biggest of a group of islands that represents an isolated ecosystem. The island is populated with giant cacti species that measures up to 12 meters high (26.25 feet), providing an impressive overview. Continue visiting the north side of salt flat, where we take a look the Coquesa Mummies, human archeological remains in a little cave near to Tunupa Volcano, from where you can observe the immensity of the salt flats. Finally we will appreciate the sunset and then return to the hotel. Lunch in restaurant or picnic.
Overnight. (B, L).

Note: From April to November, dry season, the salt flats surface gives the opportunity to play with photography and perspective. December to March the entire salt flats surface is covered with water and becomes a huge white mirror where the sky is perfectly reflected on the salt flats surface. This scenery is a paradise for photography lovers due to the mirror effects that they can get.
We suggest you to wear sandals to enjoy the warm water of the salt.

La Paz: 3,600 masl

11

COLCHANI – OJO DE PERDIZ

Breakfast in the hotel.
Departure to the Train Cemetery, where there are the first train engines from the XIX century in Bolivia, continue with the visit to de Magic villages of Sud Lípez, the south region outside the Salt Flat; San Cristobal village is known for be a mine center village. After that we visit the Rock Valley, a group of big red rocks which form an interesting landscape. Lunch.

Transfer to the hotel in Ojo de Perdiz. We continue to the Lookout of Ollagüe Volcano, where you can watch its activity and a desert landscape. After that, we take a look to the “Joyas Andinas”, Andean Jewelry, small lagoons, which show biodiversity of the region. Transfer to the hotel in Ojo de Perdiz.
Overnight. (B, L)

Uyuni: 3,663 masl

12

OJO DE PERDIZ – HITO CAJON – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast.
An early departure from the hotel to begin the visits: the Stone Tree, silent testimony of the erosion of the earth and the passage of the years, part of the Siloli Desert, flatland without vegetation that gives rise to the Reserve Eduardo Abaroa where we visit the Red Lagoon which is an amazing proof of a very diverse ecosystem in a totally desolate weather.

We continue to the visit to the geysers “Sol de Mañana”, Morning Sun, its name is due to the activity is more notorious in the morning. Also visit the hot springs of Polques, hot water eyes due to the volcanic activity of the region.

The Green Lagoon, unique for the active microorganisms that give color to the water. Lunch. Finally transfer to Hito Cajon (Border between Bolivia and Chile). Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama.
Overnight. (B, L)

Uyuni: 3,663 masl

13

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast in the hotel.
Tour through the most extensive plain of the area that allows you to reach the Great Salt Flat of Atacama, white and rough surface, where the shallow lagoons harbor an important number of flamingos that choose this water as a nesting place. Visit to the town of Toconao, one of the most picturesque, where you can appreciate an original architecture in liparita stone, of which the old church stands out. It is a town that invites you to walk its streets and meet the locals who are engaged in handicrafts in fine wool.

Then, walk to Laguna Chaxa, which is part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve. Located at 2,300 masl, this lagoon is a scenario of spectacular beauty where there is a lagoon divided into several mirrors of water, where salt crusts are especially abundant and where diverse communities of flamingos inhabit. We also visit the beautiful Miscanti and Miñiques Lagoons, which are located at 4,500 m.s.
Along the way, there is the town of Socaire, where the ancestral traditions of its inhabitants, herders or farmers who cultivate the “pachamama” using the ancient system of Andean terraces have endured over time. Return to the hotel.
Overnight. (B, L)

San Pedro de Atacama: 2,408 masl

14

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Breakfast in the hotel.
Departure from the town of San Pedro de Atacama to Mirador de Kari (Piedra del Coyote), also part of the Valley of the Moon where you can see a panoramic view from one of the points high of the valley of the moon. We will then go to the Valley of Death which is accessed through a viewpoint where you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the sector. The particular geography of the Cordillera de la Sal (25 million years ago) is also observed, constituted by a folded relief strongly eroded by the climatic conditions of the place.

After this visit, we drive to the Valley of the Moon, declared a Nature Sanctuary. It is formed by a depression surrounded by small hills with impressive sharp ridges shaped by the wind, such as the Tres Marías and the Amphitheater. This valley is beautiful because of its conformation similar to the lunar valley, it is located in the middle of the Salt Mountain Range and on the edge of the Salar de Atacama. It is a surprising geological show of great beauty located at 2,550. m.s.n.m. Return to the hotel.
Overnight (B).

San Pedro de Atacama: 2,408 masl

15

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CALAMA – SANTIAGO

Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport of the city of Calama, to board a flight back to Santiago. Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Overnight (B).

Santiago: 520 masl

16

SANTIAGO

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning at leisure to rest.
In the afternoon, half a day of regular visit of the city of Santiago, panoramic tour of the main attractions of the city, where you can appreciate the contrast of its rich history and its modern and imposing constructions. The Palacio de La Moneda, Plaza de Armas, Cerro Santa Lucía, Parque Metropolitano and the exclusive residential neighborhoods of Vitacura and Las Condes are part of this unforgettable promenade. Overnight (B).

Santiago: 520 masl

17

SANTIAGO /…  

Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to the airport to take the international flight. (B)
Check Out: 10:00 hours approximately.

Santiago: 520 masl

Include


PERÚ:

  • Transfer in and out from / to Lima, Cusco and Puno.
  • Lodging for 06 nights at selected hotels + breakfast.
  • HD City tour Lima and San Francisco Convent in regular service.
  • HD Cusco city tour and Sacsayhuaman fortress, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca – Pucará in regular service.
  • FD Sacred Valley: Awanacancha + Pisac market + Ollantaytambo fortress + Lunch in regular service.
  • FD Machu Picchu with guide in regular service.
  • Touristic Train Vistadome or The 360° Ollanta / Mapi / Ollanta.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Touristic Bus Cusco/Puno: includes guide, lunch and entrances in regular service.
  • All entrances to places mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals mentioned according to the itinerary.
  • Personalized assistance.
  • Local official guide in Spanish or English.

BOLIVIA:

  • Transfer in and out from / to Copacabana, La Paz and Uyuni.
  • Lodging for 05 nights at selected hotels + breakfast.
  • Program 2d/1n Copacabana / Sun islands / Yumani / Chua / La Paz.
  • HD La Paz City tour + Moon Valley.
  • Uyuni Salt 3d/2n: Colchani / Incahuasi / Ojo de Perdiz / Coloarada Lagoon / Hito Cajon
  • All entrances to places mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals mentioned according to the itinerary.
  • Personalized assistance.
  • Local official guide in Spanish or English.

CHILE:

  • Transfer in and out from / to San Pedro de Atacama and Santiago.
  • Lodging for 05 nights at selected hotels + breakfast.
  • Visit San Pedro de Atacama / Moon Valley.
  • HD City tour of Santiago.
  • All entrances to places mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals mentioned or according to the itinerary.
  • Personalized assistance.
  • Local official guide in Spanish or English.

Not Included



  • Air tickets national and international
  • Travel insurance.
  • Overweight in Luggage.
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Not specified meal
  • Personal charges
  • Other not specified

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