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Expedition through Andean Wonders: From Machu Picchu to Uyuni

Lima Cusco Machu Picchu Puno & Lake Titicaca La Paz Uyuni Salt Flats

Journey through Time and Nature: From Machu Picchu to Uyuni

In the heart of South America lies a region of unparalleled beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance. This extraordinary journey will take you on a voyage through the annals of time, allowing you to explore the captivating wonders of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the legendary Machu Picchu, the vibrant city of La Paz, and the otherworldly landscapes of the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Cusco: The Gateway to the Past

Our adventure begins in the ancient city of Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. As you step onto the cobbled streets of this charming city, you’ll be transported back in time to an era where Inca and Spanish influences merged to create a unique cultural tapestry. Cusco is a living testament to the blending of indigenous traditions and colonial architecture, offering a glimpse into the dynamic history of the Andean highlands.

Explore the historic city center, where colonial churches stand atop Inca foundations, and vibrant markets burst with color, showcasing the exquisite handiwork of local artisans. Cusco’s undeniable charm will capture your heart, but it’s just the beginning of an adventure that promises to leave you in awe.

The Sacred Valley: Nature’s Bounty and Inca Splendor

Leaving Cusco, we journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a place where nature and culture come together in perfect harmony. This fertile valley boasts picturesque landscapes, terraced fields, and the meandering Urubamba River, all surrounded by towering peaks. It’s easy to see why the Incas considered this region sacred.

Our exploration of the Sacred Valley includes visits to the charming towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, where you can wander through traditional markets, interact with locals, and admire the perfectly crafted stone structures that have withstood centuries of time. As you stand in the shadow of these ancient ruins, you’ll feel the presence of the Inca civilization that once thrived here.

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of the Incas

No journey through Peru is complete without a visit to the legendary Machu Picchu. This Inca citadel, perched high in the Andes, is an architectural marvel that continues to mystify and inspire. Hidden from the world for centuries, Machu Picchu was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, revealing one of the most extraordinary archaeological sites on the planet.

Our expertly guided tour of Machu Picchu allows you to unravel the secrets of this ancient wonder. As you explore its terraces, temples, and dwellings, you’ll gain insight into the advanced engineering and astronomical knowledge of the Inca civilization. The panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the lush cloud forest will leave you breathless, just as the enigmatic smile of the iconic Machu Picchu llamas will bring a smile to your face.

La Paz: Bolivia’s Enigmatic Metropolis

Crossing borders, we find ourselves in the bustling city of La Paz, Bolivia’s administrative capital and a city of intriguing contrasts. At a dizzying altitude of over 3,500 meters above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. This unique geography contributes to the city’s distinct culture and character.

Wander through the lively markets of the Witches’ Market, where you’ll find traditional remedies, potions, and magical artifacts. Explore the colonial architecture of the city center, and take a cable car ride over the sprawling metropolis, where modernity meets tradition in a stunning panorama of urban life.

Uyuni: The Surreal Uyuni Salt Flats

The grand finale of our journey takes us to the Uyuni Salt Flats, a place that defies imagination. This vast salt desert, the largest in the world, creates an otherworldly landscape that seems to stretch to infinity. The flat, reflective surface of the salt flats creates surreal optical illusions, where the sky and ground become one.

Our adventure across the Uyuni Salt Flats includes visits to the remarkable Isla Incahuasi, an island of giant cacti rising from the salt, and the Ojo de Perdiz, a lagoon where flamingos congregate in the midst of this white wonderland. The experience of watching the sunset over the salt flats is a breathtaking, almost spiritual moment that will stay with you forever.

Conclusion: A Journey to Remember

This comprehensive journey through Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, La Paz, and Uyuni is a testament to the richness of the Andean region, both in terms of its natural beauty and its cultural heritage. It is a pilgrimage through history, a connection with nature, and a deep dive into the heart of South America.

Prepare to be captivated, enlightened, and forever changed by the magic of this journey. As you traverse the landscapes and immerse yourself in the stories of these remarkable places, you will create memories to treasure for a lifetime. Welcome to a voyage through time and nature, from Cusco to Uyuni. Don’t miss this wonderful tour visiting Machu Picchu and Uyuni Salt Flats.

 

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Itinerary

day1 :

Lima: International arrival

Upon your arrival at the Lima international airport our staff will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Here you will receive a briefing of the tour contracted, you will be given the vouchers for the provision of all the services included in the tour.

Meals: None

day2 :

Lima: City tour - Cusco

Breakfast. Guided tour in the morning through the most important and attractive places in Lima, “The City of Kings”. We will begin our tour in  Miraflores and San Isidro, both modern residential districts. We will go to the Financial Center, “El Golf”, “El Olivar” the “Huaca Pucllana” which is a pre-Inca ceremonial temple that has survived the urban expansion of the city. We will stop at “Parque del Amor” (The Love Park) where we will watch the Pacific Ocean.

We will continue our tour in Lima’s Historic Center, which was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1991. It also was the center of the Spanish colony in the XVI century and the place where the first buildings were constructed. We will visit the Plaza San Martín, its balconies and old mansions, the Main Square and its important buildings as the Palace of Government, Lima´s Cathedral, the Archiepiscopal Palace and the City Hall, the Desamparados Station, among others.

We will enter one of the most important convents of the XVII century. We will visit the old Library, the choir, the Main Cloister and the underground vaults known as the “Catacumbas”.

At appropiate time you will be transfered to Lima’s airport to take your plane to Cusco.

In Cusco our staff will be waiting for leave you at the selected hotel.

Meals: None

day3 :

Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu Town

Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the Vilcanota River where you will be able to see the typical Indian market and experience its people´s customs. (On Sundays, the mass is celebrated in Quechua the native language). Lunch in a valley’s local restaurant.

In the afternoon stop by Calca and Urubamba on our way to the Ollantaytambo fortress and citadel, built to guard the entrances to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions from the rainforest´s inhabitants. It is formed by a series of overlapping terraces. We will have the chance to walk through the towns’ streets so we can have a clear idea of how this military, religious and agricultural strategic center was during the Inca Empire.

Visitors will be transferred to the train station to start their trip to the Machu Picchu citadel, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”. They will get off the train at the Aguas Calientes.

Overnight at Aguas Calientes also known Machu Picchu Town.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day4 :

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning, take a bus that will take them to the wonderful citadel in a 30-minute-long trip through a zigzagging road. Once there, we will have a guided tour over the citadel, visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Chambers, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Lunch in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, they will return to Cusco to be taken to their hotels.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day5 :

Cusco: City tour and nearby ruins

After breakfast, we will get to know Cusco city on a guided tour, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. The tour continues outside the city to visit the Kenko, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes and the impressive Sacsayhuaman Fortress which was strategically built on a hill dominating Cusco. It is famous for its huge carved stones, put together with amazing precision to form the external walls of the complex. Some of these stones are over 9 meters high and weight more than 350 tons.

Afternoon free.

Meals: Breakfast

day6 :

Cusco - Puno

Departure in a tourist bus early in the morning to Puno city (3,860 meter above sea level). During our trip, we will pass by the Wacarpay Lagoon, which will give us a spectacular view of the mountains reflected on its quiet waters. We will continue towards Andahuaylillas, a picturesque town where we will visit the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas temple, named as the Sistine Chapel of America because of its colonial art richness and the fresco paintings that cover walls, plinths, ceilings and facades. On our way, we will stop at Racchi, where we will visit the spectacular Inca sanctuary built by Pachachutec and that was dedicated to the Inca god Wiracocha. This sanctuary has a central wall with a stone foundation and other walls made of adobe. There are several old buildings used as houses or warehouses around the temple.

Approximately 70 kilometers ahead, we will pass by La Raya ranch, where we will see llama and vicuna herds. Then, we will travel along the Collao plateau, and we will make a stop in Ayaviri city, which is an important cattle raising and textile center. There, we will visit the Kalasaya temple that belonged to the Pucara ancient culture.

Buffet lunch in a calm and quiet rural restaurant, where we will be delighted by the regional gastronomy. Arrival to Puno, transfer to the chosen hotel.

Free night. We recommend having dinner at the hotel.

Note: the route from Cusco to Puno can be made in a private transportation or by train as requested (ask for a quote).

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day7 :

Puno – Titicaca Lake, Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island

Get onboard an unforgettable tour on the Lake Titicaca. After having breakfast, we will get on a boat to visit the Uros Floating Islands, very early in the morning. The Uros are Lake Titicacas’ ancient inhabitants, known as the “water tribe”. They build their own islands by constantly adding totora layers. The totora is a material they also use to build their houses and boats.

We will continue sailing until we reach the Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua natives who have developed an efficient and original social system and a great knitting technique for generations.

We will have lunch once we arrive and then, we will have a trek on its hills and archaeological sites. In the afternoon, we will go back to Puno to our chosen hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day8 :

Puno - Sun Island - La Paz (Bolivia)

Early departure from Puno and get ready to sail the highest lake in the world!

The journey begins arriving at the Bolivian border, after migration formalities get to Copacabana the home of the famous Miracle Virgin María, kept at the 400-year-old church of Candelaria, make sure to follow the locals at bringing your wishes to her attention, she might just grant them. From here we take a boat to the Sun Island, which legend has it that the Incan empire was born at, a millenary culture that still leaves traces of their traditions, for example, the apthapi, one of their customs that you’ll be able to take part of as you have lunch in a community focused experience. Hike the ancient steps to find “La Fuente de la Juventud” or the Spring of youth, enjoy a wonderful scenery and arrive at a balcony that lets you take a moment to realize the magnitude of this lake as seen from above. From here, it’s time to take a ride to La Paz, as your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day9 :

La Paz: City tour, Valle de la Luna and Cable Car

After quickly overcoming the height sickness with an infusion of natural coca leaves, at the hotel, you’ll be more than ready to start the day at the wonderful Mirador Killi Killi, an outdoor balcony from which you’ll be able to capture unbelievable pictures. Next up, La Plaza Murillo, the main square, right in the center of the city, this active spot is surrounded by the most important government and congress buildings of the entire country, such as the Supreme court, legislative and executive branches, and the oldest and main cathedral, so we can later travel to the unforgettable Valle de la Luna, a natural rock formation created by the erosion of wind and rain, creating a Moon-like landscape that takes you to outer space without leaving earth.

The adventure continues boarding one of our fan-favorite parts of the day, the ride at the cable cars, a public transportation system that connects the entire city with an amazing view that makes you feel like you’re hovering above the city. After riding the sky, it’s time to visit the mythic Mercado de las Brujas, or Witches Market, where you can witness all sorts of supplies and sorcery rituals, even taking home some if you feel like it. Before calling it a day, we visit the famous San Francisco church, a mongrel baroque church with amazing detail both on the exterior and interior, one of the top architectonic landmarks from the colonial era in all of South America, filled with stories and tunnels. After all this experiences you’ll get a different perspective of this place.

 Meals: Breakfast

day10 :

La Paz - Uyuni: Salt Flats and Star show

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport to take your flight to Uyuni. At Uyuni airport will be our staff waiting for you.

If you arrive early in the morning we can take you to a local restaurant to have breakfast.

It’s time to take a step into one of the best experiences that Bolivia can offer. We will make our first stop at the train cemetery full of 200-year-old train engines full of stories, plunged with history, myth and reality. Going forward, we’ll find the Colchani town, where rustic factories work with the salt, to then arrive at the giant cacti island. Then, it is time to push through the desert until we find ourselves at the bottom of the Tunupa Volcano, listen to its wonderful tales, to later visit 1300-year-old caves. The hike through the Incahuasi also reveals the extent of the distance you’ve just been through, and will mark the time for a picnic lunch break, while you enjoy the landscape. Just before the evening, you’ll be able to witness a majestic sunset, that will change your perspective of the planet itself. Transfer to the hotel to have dinner.

At night we will pick you up from your hotel and head back to the salt flat to enjoy a star show. The show is about to begin, an extraordinarily dark sky lets us see more stars than ever, with almost no light pollution whatsoever, at a high really close to the atmosphere, and a hot beverage, this is a surreal experience that connects us to the cosmos itself. Slowly but surely, the moon and stars travel across our sight field illuminating the earth thanks to the reflection of the white salt desert, enjoy the sky as more of an experience than just a landscape. Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic and dinner

day11 :

Uyuni - La Paz

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Price

Destination Tourist Superior tourist Superior Deluxe

Lima

Centro by Casa Andina

El Tambo

San Agustín Exclusive

Casa Andina Premium

Cusco

Antawasi

Casona Plaza Cusco

Xima

Casa Andina Premium

Machu Picchu

Casa de Luz

Casa de Luz

El MaPi by Inkaterra

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Puno & Lake Titicaca

Balsa Inn

Sol Plaza Puno

Taypikala

Casa Andina Premium

La Paz

Patio de Piedra

Patio de Piedra

Ritz

Casa Grande

Uyuni Salt Flats

Luna de Sal

Luna de Sal

Luna de Sal

Palacio de Sal

Price per person: USD 2539 2582 3256 3987

Tourist

Lima Centro by Casa Andina
Cusco Antawasi
Machu Picchu Casa de Luz
Puno & Lake Titicaca Balsa Inn
La Paz Patio de Piedra
Uyuni Salt Flats Luna de Sal
Price per person: USD 2539
Book Tourist

Superior Tourist

Lima El Tambo
Cusco Casona Plaza Cusco
Machu Picchu Casa de Luz
Puno & Lake Titicaca Sol Plaza Puno
La Paz Patio de Piedra
Uyuni Salt Flats Luna de Sal
Price per person: USD 2582
Book Superior tourist

Superior

Lima San Agustín Exclusive
Cusco Xima
Machu Picchu El MaPi by Inkaterra
Puno & Lake Titicaca Taypikala
La Paz Ritz
Uyuni Salt Flats Luna de Sal
Price per person: USD 3256
Book Superior

Deluxe

Lima Casa Andina Premium
Cusco Casa Andina Premium
Machu Picchu Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Puno & Lake Titicaca Casa Andina Premium
La Paz Casa Grande
Uyuni Salt Flats Palacio de Sal
Price per person: USD 3987
Book Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

Prices per person in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.

INCLUDES:

In Cusco: City tour and nearby ruins
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Full day excursion to Pisac and Ollantaytambo
In Machu Picchu: Guided tour for the citadel and lunch.
La Paz: City tour and Valle de la Luna
Uyuni: Uyuni salt flats full day excursion

  • 1 night accommodation at the selected hotel in Lima
  • 3 nights accommodation at the selected hotel in Cusco
  • 1 night accommodation at the selected hotel in Machu Picchu Town
  • 2 nights accommodation at the selected hotel in Puno
  • 2 nights accommodation at the selected hotel in La Paz
  • 1 night accommodation at the selected hotel in Uyuni
  • All meals stated in the itinerary
  • All the entrance fees to the above-mentioned tours
  • All transfers to the above-mentioned tours
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
  • All due taxes
  • Bilingual guides in all the above-mentioned tours

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air flights La Paz – Uyuni – La Paz
  • International flights
  • Travel or accident insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Fees for excess baggage
  • Alcoholic drinks, softdrinks or bottled water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • National or international personal phone calls
  • Not stated meals

Regulations

PRICES
All rates are expressed in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice.

ITINERARY
All our itineraries have been very carefully prepared taking your trip’s best operation into account. However, changing the order of some tours or routes might be necessary in some cases. Although these changes occur in few instances, the itinerary details should be taken as a basic guide.

AIR TICKETS
If Colourful Peru oversees buying and issuing local-flight tickets, their prices may vary until the date of the flight’s booking and payment. Furthermore, the airline might change the flight number as well as its departure hour.

Once the flight reservation and payment are made, the latter will not be reimbursable. Changes regarding name, flight, route, trip’s date or cancellations are not allowed.

Hotel reservations that are not part of an organized trip

Cancellations and Reimbursements  

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday. In case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 31 days before the date of entry to the hotel, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 16 and 30 days before the date of entry to the hotel, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • In case of no-show or if the cancellation or annulment is received 15 days or less before the check-in date, the payment will not be refunded.

Booked trips

Cancellations and Reimbursements

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday, in case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • The email shall have the necessary information to be immediately attended.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received up to 35 days before the booked trip’s start, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 16 and 34 days before the booked trip’s start, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 15 days or less before booked trip’s start, the payment will not be refunded.
  • On rare occasions, some tours can be affected or cancelled by climate conditions, riots, force majeure, etc. which are beyond the control of the airlines, hotels, suppliers or Live Corporation. In those cases, the company will not issue a refund.

(*) Note: some suppliers consider stricter cancellation conditions, consequently, they reserve the right to charge additional fees for other penalties in such cases.

Regarding the Inca Trail: the reserve is subject to its payment and there will not be reimbursements in case of cancellations, moreover, neither name nor date changes are allowed.

During peak season, the company reserves the right to change the cancellation regulations in case the suppliers apply other penalties or make the aforementioned changes.

LIABILITY
Live Corporation carries out your trip’s arrangements, books transfer services, hotel rooms or other travel services required on your behalf, consequently, the company takes no responsibility for the loss of items, flight or tours delays due to events of force majeure, accidents or other events.

Important!
Live Corporation disclaims any liability for medical conditions, pregnancy, mental or physical limitations that might put at risk the health or integrity of the passenger or third parties during the operation of the booked tours or that might jeopardize the trip’s progress. Therefore, the company will not be obliged to any refunds or to address claims regarding the aforementioned reasons, even when there are not noticeable problems in normal circumstances.

Given this, it is important for the passengers to inform the company whether there is any of the aforementioned impediments, so we can offer and suggest suitable services according to the existing limitations.

Useful Info

CLIMATE

The climate in Peru can be divided by zones: the western Andes that has a dry and cold climate in winter and its very rainy during the summer. The rainforest that has a hot, wet and rainy climate and the desert coast with a warm climate without regular rainfall.

Cusco has a mild climate with temperatures that go from 14 ºC to 16ºC with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from December to March.

Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from November to April.

TIME ZONE
Peru Time Zone according to Greenwich Mean Time is -5 (GMT -5), same as Bogotá and Mexico throughout the year and same as New York during summer. When it is midday in Peru the hour in the most important cities is:

São Paulo 14:00
Frankfurt 19:00
Nueva York 13:00
Londres 18:00
Hong Kong 01:00 + 1day
Singapur 01:00 + 1day

ALTITUDE
In Lima: 0 meters above sea level
In Cusco: 3,360 meters above sea level
In Machu Picchu: 2,400 meters above sea level
In the Sacred Valley: 2,850 meters above sea level

WE RECOMMEND

  • Windbreaker
  • Camera
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater and jacket
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Trek boots or snickers
  • Cap or hat
  • Water-resistant clothes
  • Sun block

HEALTH
The Peruvian Andes are at high altitudes, so it is necessary to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness or “soroche”. It is important to rest a few hours, to walk slowly and to eat light before beginning any tour. We also recommend drinking coca tea that helps with acclimatization. Even though water is potable in most cities, it is advisable to drink bottled water to avoid any problems.

VISA
To know if you need a visa to enter Peru, please go to the closest consulate since the requirement may vary at any moment. For more information, please go to:

Visa types to enter Peru

LANGUAGE
Peru’s official language is Spanish, which is spoken by 80% of the population. However, there is a large portion of the population that speaks Quechua and Aymara (especially in the Peruvian Andes). Moreover, we can find 55 dialects in the Amazonian rainforest.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT
Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts and 60 Hertz. In some hotels, you may find dual voltage outlets, however, we suggest checking your appliances’ voltage and take precautions by having a power adapter or converter.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
During the last years, the Peruvian gastronomy has become famous because of its variety and exquisiteness. Among the most known dishes you can find the ceviche, a dish made of fish and seafood marinated in lemon juice.

There is a new gastronomy trend in Cusco called “novoandina”. The novoandina cuisine is based on the creation of new dishes using local ingredients such as quinoa, quiwicha, potato, alpaca and trout. This way, we have dishes such as alpaca tenderloin with “quinotto” (risotto made of quinoa instead of rice) or grilled trout with sautéed vegetables and native potatoes.

Restaurants during your trip:
Cusco: international, local and vegetarian food restaurants.
Aguas Calientes: international and local food restaurants.

IMPORTANT
Colourful Peru reserves the right to make any changes without prior notice due to weather conditions, river levels, transport departures or arrivals, etc., to assure a better development of your trip’s operation.

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