Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Level of Difficulty: Not Difficult
This weeklong tour highlights the majesty of the Andes, taking travelers to the most popular attractions across Bolivia and Peru. On the journey visitors will walk the high altitude path of the Incas and the preceding civilizations. From the serene and mystifying shores of Lake Titicaca, to bustling La Paz and breathtaking Machu Picchu, on this tour you will discover it all. The La Paz- Cuzco- Machu Picchu adventure is perfect for those who are short on time but don't want to sacrifice a cultural immersion.
• Explore the enigmatic ruins of Tiwanaku, the region's pre-Incan civilization
• Sail across the world's highest navigable lake with a visit to spiritual Lake Titicaca
• Walk the path of the Incas and feel the magic of historic Cuzco
• Let your breath be taken away by the tranquil beauty of famed mountaintop Machu Picchu
Day 1: Arrival in La Paz
Upon your arrival at El Alto airport in La Paz, you will be picked up and transferred to Hotel Rosario La Paz where you will spend the night. The day is yours to explore the area and get acclimated to the elevation.
Day 2: Tiwanaku
Day two will begin after breakfast with a tour to the pre-Incan archeological site Tiwanaku. The site is the most important archeological finding in Bolivia and dates back all the way to 1600 B.C. On our tour to Tiwanaku we will see the famous Benneth monolith, the Gateway of the Sun, the Kalasasaya Temple, the Akapana Pyramid, a semi-subterranean temple and the giant megalith structures at Puma Punku. Our tour of the spiritual grounds will also include a visit to the Ceramic and Lithic museums where we will learn about the history of the structure and the Tiwanaku civilization that built it. We will head back to La Paz and Hotel Rosario in time for lunch, which you will enjoy at the Jiwhaki Wine Bar. Evening accommodations will once again be at Hotel Rosario La Paz. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3: La Paz - Copacabana
After breakfast, we will begin the drive towards the serene lakeside city of Copacabana were we will arrive around noon and check into Hotel Rosario Lago Titicaca where you will spend the night. After everyone has had the chance to check-in and freshen up, we will make our way to the tranquil Isla del Sol, also known as Sun Island. We will spend about an hour on this island in the middle of the world's highest navigable lake, visiting the Pilkokaina temple and hiking along the island ridge to the Yumani community. From there visitors enjoy the stunning view of Lake Titicaca set against the backdrop of the majestic Andes Mountain Range. After letting the moment take your breath away, we will head down a pre-Incan staircase past traditional agricultural terraces until we reach the lakeshores. From there we will take our boat back to Copacabana. The rest of the days is yours to enjoy and taking in the sunset from the hotel balcony is a particularly relaxing experience. For dinner you will enjoy local specialties exquisitely prepared at the Terradentro Lago Titicaca restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Isla del Sol – Puno
Today will be spent exploring the city of Copacabana. After breakfast, we will visit the unique Moorish style church of Copacabana where the revered Patron Saint, the Virgin Mary of Bolivia can be seen. Following a tour through the church we will walk through the loca produce and handicrafts market where the local community brings their goods to sell. Miniatures of all creations are a particular specialty of the area- visitors from across Bolivia come to purchase their dreams in miniature, leaving the various crafts as offerings in the hopes of achieving the material good in reality over the year. Afterwards those who want have the option of waling up the Calvary Hill. Along the 45 minute uphill climb, hikers can witness the unique religious tradition in the country, where Catholicism is combined with Andean traditions. In the afternoon we will continue towards Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca via tourist bus. You will spend the night in Puno at Hotel La Hacienda or similar accommodations. (Breakfast)
Day 5: Puno – Cuzco
Today we will head from Puno to Cuzco via tourist bus, with four guided stops at important attractions along the way. The stops include visits to sites such as the impressive Andahualillas, often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of South America, as well as the Incan temple of Ragchi, the breathtaking high mountain 4335 meter pass known as "La Raya" and the educational Pukara Museum. Additionally we will stop for lunch along the way. Each of the stops on the eight hour journey will last roughly a half hour, giving you plenty of time to get up and stretch your legs. We will arrive in Cuzco in the late afternoon when you will check into Hotel Munay Wasi or similar accommodations for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6: Cuzco
The morning in Cuzco is yours to explore. The main city square, church, market and shops are well worth your leisure time. At 14:00 you will be picked up from your hotel where we will continue on to visit some important Inca sites including the Koricancha Temple, Qengo, Pucapucara, Tambomacahy and the Cathedral and ruins at visitor favorite Saqsayhuaman, pronounced "saxy-woman". After our tour you will return to your hotel in Cuzco for the evening. (Breakfast).
Day 7: Machu Picchu
Today starts before sunrise with a 05:45 pickup at your hotel to make the 06:15 train to Peruvian crown jewel Machu Picchu. During the ride, your guide will brief you on the spectacular Incan site perched high up and nestled between the peaks of the Andes. At 10:30 you will reach the small town of Aguas Calientes, located to the base of the famous attraction. From Aguas Calientes, tourist busses will transfer you from the train station to the entrance gates of Machu Picchu. The guided tour of Machu Picchu will last roughly an hour and a half and is available in various languages depending on your preference. Following the educational guided visit, you will have about 30 minutes to explore the inspiring site on our own. At 15:40 we will meet back at the entrance control point in order to catch the 15:55 train back to Cuzco. We will arrive in Cuzco at about 20:00 where you will once again spend the night.
Day 8: Cuzco- Airport
After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for your private transfer to the Cuzco Airport where the service will end.
Included: Bilingual tour guide (Spanish- English), shared tourist bus, admission fees and all transfers, accommodations and meals as noted.