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Peru & Bolivia Explorer tour
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Peru & Bolivia Explorer

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Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Daywalks to ancient temples and ruins on Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol
  • Spectacular altiplano scenery as you drive over La Raya Pass
  • Copacabana, La Paz and the archaeological site of Tiahuanaco
  • Majestic Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Lima's colonial district and Cuzco's Spanish/Incan fusion architecture

Short Description

The combination of culture, history and scenery of grandeur found in Peru and Bolivia makes for an incredible journey from Lima to La Paz. Besides the cobbled streets of Cuzco, the Inca Empire lays claim to the majestic fortresses of the Sacred Valley and the lost city of Machu Picchu. Across the altiplano in Bolivia awaits colourful Copacabana and the tranquil Isla del Sol, where we spend the night in an eco-lodge and explore the south and north of the island on gentle daywalks.Journey from Lima to La Paz to discover the highlights of Peru and Bolivia

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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Destinations

Peru Bolivia

Age Requirement

16

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Itinerary



Land Only

Day 1 Start Lima.

The tour starts in Lima and the daytime group flights usually arrive into Lima late this evening. It is a thirty to forty-five minute transfer from the airport to our hotel in the Miraflores district. Accommodation: Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 2 Free morning; afternoon city tour.

The morning is free to rest after your flight. In the afternoon we have a half day tour (approx. three and a half hours) of colonial and modern Lima. We explore the residential district of Lima (Miraflores) and then the historical downtown area. We will discover the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and Government Palace (also known as ‘House of Pizarro’) as we take a short walk around the colonial centre. We also visit the incredible Church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinth of catacombs complete with the bones of Lima's wealthy eighteenth and nineteenth century residents! This evening perhaps a visit to the bohemian district of Barranco for some local food and a taste of the famous Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail. Accommodation: Hotel El Tambo 1 (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 3 Fly to Cuzco (3400m); afternoon walking orientation tour.

At around midday you will take the short (approx. one hour) flight to Cuzco and transfer to our centrally located hotel. Set amidst hills in the Andes, the imperial city of the Inca’s, was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish Conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles. It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m). In the afternoon there is a walking tour to visit the beautiful Plaza de Armas (main square), the traditional San Blas neighborhood and a Coca Museum. Accommodation: Hotel Warari (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 4 Free day to explore the Inca capital.

Day 5 Sacred Valley excursion, visiting Pisac, Ollantaytambo and a local village.

The Sacred Valley, which runs along the Urubamba River near Cuzco, is the true heartland of Incan culture. The high-Andean scenery is dotted with old towns and villages dating back to pre-Columbian times: we stop to visit a local community in the valley to learn about their lifestyle over a traditional lunch. In Pisac we encounter a picturesque landscape of terraces carved into the solid rock itself. This citadel was once of strategic importance as this site guarded a road from the lowlands. We usually arrive at the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo by the mid-afternoon. The colossal stone terraces found here give a sense of the scale of what is yet to come when we visit Machu Picchu. This was the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti as well as being of religious and defensive significance. We stay the night in Ollantaytambo. Accommodation: Tunupa Hotel (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 6 Train to Aguas Calientes; guided tour of Machu Picchu.

From Ollantayambo we catch the train to Aguas Calientes (approx. one and a half hours) and then take the bus to one of the greatest sights in the world, Machu Picchu. This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Your leader will give you a two/three hour guided tour of the ruins and afterwards there will be free time to explore at your leisure. There are some spectacular walks around the site that you may wish to do, including following the path to the Inca Drawbridge or even up to the Sun Gate for the iconic view of the ruins. This afternoon/evening you'll have plenty of time to explore Aguas Calientes, a lively hub with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. There is a fantastic market here where you can pick up textiles and clothing. Accommodation: Hotel Inti Punku (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 7 Free morning or optional second visit to Machu Picchu; afternoon return to Cuzco.

The morning is at your leisure. There is the opportunity to make a second visit to Machu Picchu (optional) if you wish - you will need to purchase an extra ticket to do so. Please inform your leader at the start of the holiday if you would like to purchase an extra entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. Alternatively you may decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, however please be aware that in recent years they have become over-crowded and the water quality can suffer as a result. In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo where we meet our bus and transfer the rest of the way to Cuzco by road. Accommodation: Hotel Warari (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 8 Spectacular drive over La Raya Pass (4335m) to Puno, visiting sites en route.

We travel to Puno by coach (eight to ten hours), following the Vilcanota River and then climbing onto the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Although it is quite a long drive, it is interesting and often spectacular. There are scheduled stops at sites along the route (and a lunch stop) to help break up the day and we get a feeling for the immensity of the Andean landscapes. Look out for alpaca farms too! We arrive into Puno (3,800m), on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the late afternoon. This evening you should pack your overnight things for the Isla del Sol into a daypack, as your main luggage will be left at the hotel in Copacabana. Accommodation: Hotel Casona Plaza (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Cross to Copacabana in Bolivia; boat on Lake Titicaca to Pillkokaina on Isla del Sol; walk to the ‘Fountain of Eternal Youth’.

It's about a two to two and a half hour drive from Puno to the border crossing into Bolivia at Kasani. At the border we leave the bus (taking all of our luggage and belongings with us) and complete the immigration procedures, which can take about an hour. We walk about 300m from the Peruvian immigration office to the Bolivian immigration office, where we will be joined by our Bolivian guide. A tourist tax of approximately BOB70 (US$10) is payable in cash upon entry into Bolivia. It's a good idea to change some money into Bolivianos at the border or at Copacabana. We transfer the remaining ten minutes or so to Copacabana by minibuses / car and visit the impressive Basílica de la Virgen de Copacabana before stopping for lunch. Bolivia is an hour ahead of Peru so remember to change your watch. Your main luggage will be left at the hotel in Copacabana so you need only take your overnight bag to Isla del Sol (we recommend keeping any vauables with you). After lunch we board a boat and travel for an hour to Lake Tititcaca's beautiful Isla del Sol, disembarking at Pillkokaina port where we ascend the steps to the 'Fountain of Eternal Youth'. It's about an hour's walk to our eco-lodge, which allows us to take in the stunning surroundings; deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca in contrast to the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real. There is the option to walk to a viewpoint for sunset if you wish. Accommodation: Ecolodge La Estancia (or similar) *Eco-lodge*

Day 10 Trek to the 'Temple of the Sun' (Chincana) in the north of the island; traditional 'apthapi' lunch; boat to Copacabana.

Be prepared for one of the highlights of the trip. We walk across the Isla del Sol, from south to north (approx. four hours) - scenery doesn't get much better than this. We should arrive to 'The Temple of the Sun' (Chincana) around noon and we will explore the huge labrynth complex of ruins. We will also visit the Sacred Rock, carved in the shape of a puma, before taking a boat to Yumani (approx. fifty minutes). We will be treated to a traditional Apthapi lunch - a selection of dishes typically including boiled potatoes, vegetables, eggs, local tortilla, chicken, trout and sauces. After lunch we travel back to Copacabana by boat, and spend the night. Accommodation: El Rosario Lago Titicaca (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 11 Drive via the Pre-Incan ruins of Tihuanaco to La Paz.

Our destination is La Paz, but we visit the pre-Columbian ruins of Tiahuanaco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site en route. La Paz sits at 3,650m above sea leve and is the world’s highest administrative capital. Accommodation: Hotel Osira (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 12 Free day La Paz; optional tours available.

Today is free. Your leader will be able to make suggestions of things to do and see and help you organise it. Perhaps you might like to visit the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Francisco, and the Prado pedestrian area of La Paz. There are also various optional excursions available, including a Lunar Valley and Witches' Market tour. Lunar Valley is a short distance outside the city and is known for its intriguing landforms of eroded canyons, pinnacles and cacti. You might also want to explore the Witches' Market (Mercado de Hechicería) which sells unusual herbal and traditional remedies, some of which are quite unorthodox. Accommodation: Hotel Osira (or similar) *Standard Hotel*

Day 13 End La Paz.

The tour ends after breakfast. The group flights depart early this morning. *Standard Hotel*

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A wonderful trip!

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I travelled with my 23 yr old daughter and we had a great time. Lots of
superlatives which have been covered by reviewers below, so I will not repeat
them, but suffice to say that this trip exceeded both our expectations in
terms of the amazing variation in landscape in the iconic National Parks
visited, and the diversity of activities - ranging from exciting hikes, to
laying on the ground in Death Valley looking at the Night Sky. Never a dull
moment - and our guide inserted little surprises at regular intervals.
Perhaps meeting our inspirational Navajo guide in Monument Valley and
learning about her childhood and culture. But lots to inspire both of us
....


Joseph Spaid was an incredible leader. He was so knowledgable, approachable,
engaging and fun. He was very interesting to chat to, and worked so hard to
make sure everyone’s needs were met. We were quite a disparate crowd of
11, some very experienced hikers, others recovering from recent injury, but
he found ways to embrace that - I wish I had his energy!


Take a brolly as sun shade for Death Valley! And rehydration tabs/powder
when it's really hot. We all used it and had no problem with overheating
even in August. You get dusty walking so plenty of walking gear - it is a
busy trip and there wasn’t much time for washing. I was pleased to have my
poles in Zion and the Grand Canyon for long (albeit beautiful) uphill
stretches.

I would definitely advise a few days in San Francisco before joining the
trip. It is an incredible city. Our flight from Heathrow was delayed by 28
hours, so we missed one of our three planned days, but we still were well
able to meet up with the Group on Sunday.

Las Vegas didn’t appeal to us, so we didn’t stay at the end, and we in
time to fly out on the same night.

The helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon was just extraordinary!


As an introduction to SW America, this trip takes some beating. It was
fantastic.

Thank you Exodus and Grand American Adventures!!


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The National Parks

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Very busy , hugely interesting itinerary. Some quite breathtaking scenery,
with opportunities for physical activity in order to experience it more
fully. Very good tour leader, experienced, knowledgeable and well organised.
Tour group (9 of us) , various ages and experiences, combined well. A great
experience.
Hard to pick one particular moment or event. Perhaps the experience of
Yosemite: view of the valley from Glacier Point, variety of hikes, and also
appreciating the national park beyond the valley itself.


Very good. See above.


Some long days in the bus, but that doesn't have to be a problem- it can just
mean that you see more.


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Bad trip leader experience

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The activities were a mixture of good and repetitive and the description of the game drives seems a little embellished. We didn't encounter hardly any elephants and the leopard sighting is apparently not as common as one might think (2-3 a week according to local guide). While we were "fortunate" to observe one, it was so far away that only a 400mm lens would get to see it, but that's after you fight through about 40 vehicles all converging to a single space in order to catch a glimpse before the park warden hurries you on because your time is up! It's also a madhouse trying to get into the park. There is no orderly fashion while up to a hundred vehicles all vie to be first in the gate (this is at Yala). The biggest downside to the trip was our trip leader. On two occasions when we had questions about the activities, he became very defensive and argumentative, and when trying to walk away from the conversation so that it didn't escalate further, he followed us intent on exclaiming what a good guide he's been and that we were the problem. We walked away again, and yet he still following us turning the conversation into harassment. I was glad when the trip ended to get away from him and if it weren't for having another back-to-back Exodus trip (see Maldives review) immediately following this one, I would have never wanted to travel with Exodus again given that experience. In sum, trip leader very poor (astonishingly so) and trip itinerary could improve by offering more variety/flexibility to wildlife viewings rather than doing the same repeat walks 3 times. All food was at hotels so not much of a variety or local fare encountered. Lovely country and lovely people though and group was great!
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A magical trip! One of my best ever!

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This trip far exceeded my expectations on every level. The underwater wildlife encounters were superior to any other snorkeling I've done. There's an abundance of things to see and coupled with the chance to scuba dive and excellent water conditions - it's a top notch destination. The boat was very comfortable, the crew was excellent and took care of every need, and the food was awesome. Ranks as one of my all-time favorites!
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ecuador

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What the trip delivered: The trip was filled with a good variety in landscape, ecosystems, wildlife and culturally. All the Exodus agents where very efficient and gave great pre-trip service.

The tour leader was knowledgeable in history, culture and wildlife. Also a good amount of hiking which was great.

What the trip didn't deliver: the tour operator adhering to their booking conditions and enforcing this in regards to enforcing that ALL travelers can undertake the trip. There was an old woman who could not walk upright without walking sticks. Along with being grossly unfit, and heavily medicated on prescription opium amongst other pain killers, which caused erratic, manic behaviour.
This traveler should have been taken off the trip as it took all the effort and time of the tour leader, which has a knock on effect on rest of group. Only half way through the trip, did the tour leader ban the traveler from doing any more activities as she was not fit to continue. But he kept her on the entire trip.

We had to deal with another traveller suffering from incontinence, another who was an alcoholic shouting and swearing when he couldn’t control himself.

Due to this I strongly recommend that you never room share. Only book single supplement with Exodus. Otherwise you could potentially land up in situation like I did that could ruin your holiday.

Either it was the wrong time of year or bad luck, but I ended up feeling like it was a tour for geriatrics all with health issues. Not an adventure company as advertised on all their marketing.
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December trip Ecuador

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Whta the trip delivered was a good variety in landscape, wildlife and culturally. The Exodus booking agents where very efficient and gave a great pre-trip service.

The tour leader was knowledgeable in history, culture and wildlife. Also a good amount of hiking which was great.

What the trip didn't deliver was the tour operator adhering to their booking conditions and enforcing this. There was an old woman who could not walk upright without walking sticks. Along with being grossly unfit, not very mobile and heavily medicated on prescription opium which caused erratic, manic behaviour.
Travellers like this should be taken off the trip as the tour leader has to dedicate so much time and effort to these travellers.

We had to deal with another traveller suffering from incontinence, and another who was an alcoholic shouting and swearing when he got out of control.

Due to this I strongly recommend that you never room share. Only book single supplement with Exodus. Otherwise you could potentially land up in situation like I did that could ruin your holiday

Either it was the wrong time of year or bad luck, but I ended up feeling like it was a tour for geriatrics, all with their health issues. Not an adventure company as advertised on all their marketing.
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Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

Travel by train, boat, bus, and 1 internal flight
Spends time at altitude
Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
11 nights en suite hotels and 1 night eco-lodge
All breakfasts and 3 lunches included

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 11 nights en suite hotels and 1 night eco-lodge
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Spends time at altitude
  • Travel by train, boat, bus, and 1 internal flight

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Meals Included:

Breakfast: * All breakfasts and 3 lunches included * All accommodation  * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival and departure transfers

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