Peru and Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats

    • Trip Type: Journeys
    • 16 Days | La Paz to Lima
    • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

South America is filled with awe-inspiring wonders, and on this journey through Bolivia and Peru, you’ll experience an introduction to some of its highlights. Learn about Peru’s storied past in the former Inca capital of Cusco before immersing yourself in the Amazon during a stay in the heart of the jungle. Hike the Inca Trail—or catch the scenic train—to the ancient and endlessly fascinating Machu Picchu; then travel to Bolivia to see striking sights like the Uyuni Salt Flats and colonial cities surrounded by soaring Andean peaks.

Trip Highlights

    • Explore the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu with an expert guide.
    • Get creative with photo ops on the mirror-like landscapes of Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats.
    • Stay at an eco-lodge deep in the Amazon jungle, and spot wildlife with expert naturalists.
    • Experience life at a traditional Bolivian hacienda high in the Andes.

Itinerary - 16 Days

Day 1 — Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Days 2 & 3 — Amazon Jungle

Days 2-3 Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to our comfortable Amazon lodge, located in the lush Tambopata National Reserve. Head out on guided jungle excursions led by knowledgeable naturalists to spot wildlife. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
(B,L,D daily)

Day 4 — Cusco

Travel by boat out of the jungle and catch our flight over the Andes to Cusco. This evening, peer at the stars through the telescopes of the local Cusco planetarium.
(B)

Day 5 — Sacred Valley

Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo.
(B,L)

Days 6, 7, & 8 — Inca Trail to Machu Picchu/Cusco

All roads lead to Machu Picchu, either by foot or rail. Choose to undertake the four-day guided Inca Trail hike. Or enjoy two free days in Cusco before catching a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, our base for visiting the famed citadel. Explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide before returning to Cusco by train.
(4B, 3L, 3D)

Day 10 — Cusco/La Paz

Catch our flight to La Paz. This afternoon, set out by foot, van, and cable car to discover this sky-high city with your guide. Explore vibrant squares, historical landmarks, and lively markets, learning 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 our local chef, we’ll sample a variety of dishes and discuss the growing popularity of La Paz as a culinary destination.
(B,L)

Day 11 — Sucre

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

Day 12 — Sucre/Potosí

Enjoy free time this morning before traveling into the southern highlands to our historic hacienda. Surrounded by lush farmlands and rolling hills, this working farm offers unique opportunities for cultural exchange with the resident family. Get a glimpse into daily life here while taking part in demonstrations 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 specialities local to the area.
(B,D)

Day 13 — Potosí/Uyuni

Make the short drive to the center of Potosi 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 plain. 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.
(B,L)

Day 14 — Uyuni/Solar

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

Day 15 — Uyuni/La Paz

Catch a flight to La Paz and enjoy free time to explore before joining our CEO for an optional farewell dinner.
(B)

Day 16 — La Paz

Depart at any time.
(B)

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Dates

2019
  • Jan 05 - 20, 2019
  • Feb 09 - 24, 2019
  • Mar 09 - 24, 2019
  • Apr 06 - 21, 2019
  • May 04 - 19, 2019
  • Jun 15 - 30, 2019
  • Jul 06 - 21, 2019
  • Aug 10 - 25, 2019
  • Sep 07 - 22, 2019
  • Oct 05 - 20, 2019
  • Nov 09 - 24, 2019
  • Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$4,199

Activity Level

Moderate/Strenuous

Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day. Certain days may have more challenging physical activity, such as ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.

What To Expect

We will be traveling at high elevations while in Cusco and at Machu Picchu. Cusco is at an altitude of 11,200 feet and Machu Picchu is at 8,000 feet. Participants should be physically fit. This expedition is not suitable for anyone who suffers from a respiratory disorder, a circulatory ailment, or a disability that limits mobility.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $599

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (9 nights), G Lodge Amazon (2 nights), Inca Trail camping or Cusco hotel (3 nights), hacienda/farm (1 night)

Meals Included
15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners. Allow and additional $315-410 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, 4 x 4 vehicle, hiking. This itinerary includes high-altitude hikes, and travelers should be physically fit.

In rainy season (approximately January to early April), it is not possible to visit the Agencha community. During that season, travelers will spend the day exploring the salt flats and surrounding geographic features, and a picnic lunch will be provided.

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.