Gain altitude alongside history, mystery, scenery, and culture on a personalized tour of Peru and Bolivia that will bring you from sea level up to 12,000 feet in the air. Follow in the footsteps of the Inca, touching the smooth stones preserved at Machu Picchu, witness the sculpted faces on the ancient walls at Tiahuanaco and cross the waters of Lake Titicaca, the region from which the Inca Empire emerged. Spanish colonial architecture decorates the main squares as the condors soar above the second...
Lima – Arrive in Lima for an Introductory Tour of Peru’s Capital City
Peru’s capital city stretches from ocean to hillsides as a cosmopolitan metropolis encompasses the variety of cultures from around the country and the world. The city feels like a far cry from the images of Andean villagers and llamas with snow-capped peaks and flowing grasslands. Spanish colonial architecture decorates the city center at the Plaza de Armas, and the coastal neighborhood of Miraflores looks over the Pacific Ocean from atop stunning cliffs. Your flight will land at Jorge Chavez International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon arrival.
Your gorgeous hotel in Miraflores provides a fashionable introduction to a city straddling contemporary life in Peru and preserving the historical architecture and culture of the surrounding country. Your guide will greet you in the hotel lobby eager to introduce you to the marvels of Lima. The refreshing breeze carries the aroma of the sea as you wander to take it all in. The National Archeology, Anthropology, and History Museum displays a variety of ceramics, figural stone carvings, mummies, and goldwork that offers a timeline to better understand the stunning past of Peru from prehistory leading to the colonial era.
In the heart of the city at Plaza de Armas, you will find the bright yellow façade of the San Francisco Monastery. The unique tapestry of the façade leads into the labyrinth of narrow halls in the catacombs. An artistic arrangement of bones represents the nearly 10,000 people interred in Lima’s first cemetery begun in the late 17th century and utilized until the early 19th century. The cool, damp surroundings contrast with the warmth of the coastal city. On the main floor, the marvelous portals and archways support the celebrated library that maintains 25,000 antique texts, including editions predating Spanish conquest that will mesmerize you. Don’t take just our word for it - consider reading some of our travelers’ reviews of South America.
Cusco – Fly to Cusco, the Capital of the Incan Empire
Sacred Valley – Journey into the Stunning Sacred Valley to Find Incan Ruins
Aguas Calientes – Venture to Machu Picchu for a Full Day Exploration
Cusco – Return to Machu Picchu before Traveling to Cusco for a City Tour
Arequipa – Transfer to Arequipa to Discover the Spanish Colonial City
Arequipa – Relish a Full Day Tour in the Natural Marvels of Colca Canyon
Puno – Visit Peru’s “Sistine Chapel” and Pre-Incan Sites en route to Puno
Puno – Traverse the Famous Reed Islands on the Waters of Lake Titicaca
Copacabana – Cross the Border into Bolivia and to Find Copacabana
Copacabana – Discover Historical Splendor on Moon and Sun Islands
La Paz – Travel to La Paz for a Full Day Exploration of the Capital City
La Paz – Delight in La Paz and the Remarkable Ruins of Tiahuanaco
La Paz – Depart for Home
- Witness the marvels of history while wandering along the preserved temples and terraces of Machu Picchu
- Explore the stunning cultures and unique ruins around Lake Titicaca while visiting the Sun and Moon islands, along with the floating totora reed islands
- Discover the fascinating pre-Columbian archeological site of Tiahuanaco outside of La Paz, Bolivia, a possible ancient foundation of the Andean culture
- Traverse the Sacred Valley of Peru to find surprising and powerful remnants of the Inca at Ollantaytambo
- Enjoy a visit to the second deepest canyon in the world at Colca Canyon to visit antique villages and see Andean condors in flight
- View a historic Andean mummy in a sacred museum in Arequipa and enjoy the city’s beauty in the preserved Spanish colonial architecture
- Take in the fantastic portrayal of 17th-century religious art in the Church of San Pedro at Andahuaylillas, home to the Andean “Sistine Chapel”
- Relish the continued customs and vibrant culture of the Andes while visiting the bustling marketplaces found throughout Peru and Bolivia
- Venture deep into the catacombs of the San Francisco Basilica in Lima, home to the first Christian burial grounds of the city
The best of Peru and Bolivia encompass the diverse culture with inspiring scenery and incredible archeology. Your 2-week tour to Peru and Bolivia will immerse you in the unique world of the Andes like no other, allowing you to experience the daily life of locals and witness the true grandeur of the high altitude plains. You will arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima to begin your adventure with your gorgeous hotel in Miraflores offering a luxurious base for visiting the capital of Peru. Get acquainted with the seaside cliffs, colonial architecture, and cosmopolitan ambiance at your preferred pace.
The city of Cusco offers an eclectic mix of Spanish architecture, Incan remains, and Andean culture. Take your time getting acclimated to the high altitudes before exploring the undulating cobblestone streets and vibrant marketplaces. Meet with artists and enjoy the artwork that decorates the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption. The Sacred Valley brings images of continued Andean custom amidst the vibrant stone works of the Incan Empire. Visit the towns of Pisac, Maras, and Ollantaytambo before enjoying the scenic train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Your tour of the mythical Incan lost city leads you along stunning temples, astronomical calendars, and to the peak of the neighboring Huayna Picchu. Upon returning to Cusco, you can visit the surrounding Incan architecture, including the Sacsayhuaman fortress and the former Sun Temple.
Arequipa is known for its white walls crafted out of soft volcanic stone, and the city shimmers with rich Spanish colonial stylistic details and a host of unique museums. Venture into the Colca Canyon on a full-day exploration where vicuna roams, hot springs bubble, and condors soar. En route to the city of Puno, you can stop at the Church of San Pedro at Andahuaylillas to view the antique frescoes. Move next to sail the tranquil freshwater of Lake Titicaca and meet with the Uros people, known for making floating islands out of totora reeds. Spend time with the detailed weavers on Taquile Island before returning to Puno for the evening.
Cross the border into Bolivia and enjoy the unique lakeside town of Copacabana. Visit the Moon and Sun Islands to meet with the local villages that are guarding their heritage against mainland Bolivia, along with the unique Incan ruins of the Virgins of the Sun. Travel to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, and enjoy the unforgettable mixture of mountain ridges overtaken by urban sprawl. Explore the active city with an aerial view on the cable car. Outside of La Paz, you can visit the remarkable ruins of Tiahuanaco, a pre-Columbian archeological site that dates back more than two millennia and sparks fascinating questions about the beginnings and ends of the ancient civilization.
$3,999 per person (excluding international flights)
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