Private Peru and Bolivia Tour - Hidden gems Uncover South America

Peru & Boliva Tour Culture and Local Communities Expedition

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    Peru and Bolivia Cultural Immersion

    Embark on an unforgettable South America tour, and explore the hidden treasures of Peru and Bolivia. Immerse yourself in their vibrant culture as you delve into local markets and spend time with welcoming communities.

    From the bustling streets of Lima to the mystical wonders of the Sacred Valley, you'll be fully immersed in the daily life of locals. Meet Andean weavers, witness the art of bread-making, and explore charming villages frozen in time. Sail across the picturesque Titicaca Lake and discover hidden gems untouched by mass tourism. 

    These intimate encounters will leave you with a profound understanding of the rich cultural heritage of Peru and Bolivia. Prepare to be captivated by authentic experiences and form lasting connections with the locals, creating memories that will stay with you long after the journey ends.


    Local traditions, Culture and Adventure

    • Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

      Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

    • Titicaca Lake

      Titicaca Lake

    Tour Highlights

    Lima's Colourful Stroll: Dive into Lima's lively streets, soaking in the vibrant colours and delicious flavors that make the city unique.

    Sacred Valley Adventure: Explore the magical Sacred Valley, connect with local traditions, immersing yourself in the rich culture of the region.

    Quechua Art Exploration: Venture into Quechua communities, see the fascinating art of Pre-Incan weaving, and try making your own beautiful textiles—a hands-on experience connecting you with local traditions.

    Machu Picchu Summit: Conquer Machu Picchu mountain for breathtaking views, guided by a friendly local expert who will share the fascinating history of this ancient citadel.

    → Hidden Treasures Discovery: Uncover the secrets of Chuquiñapi, sail on Titicaca Lake's stunning waters, and explore the vastness of Salar de Uyuni. Connect with friendly local communities for enriching cultural experiences.

    • Chawaytire, Peru

      Chawaytire, Peru

    • Ollantaytambo, PEru

      Ollantaytambo, PEru

    Tour Itinerary and Essentials

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      • Day 1 Arrive in Lima - Unveiling Peru's Charm

        Welcome to Peru! As you step off the plane in Lima, our friendly driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name. They may not be fluent in English, but they'll make sure you're whisked away to your hotel with ease. If you prefer an English-speaking transfer, just let us know in advance.

        Overnight: Second Home
        Meal Plan: None

      • Day 2 Lima - Walking Tour - Taste the Colours of Lima

        Get ready to dive into the vibrant pulse of Lima! In the morning, our local knowledgeable guide will kick off an enchanting walking tour of the city. We'll immerse ourselves in the daily life of locals by hopping on Lima's public transportation.

        Our first stop is the Surquillo market, a true feast for the senses. Brace yourself for a tantalizing array of unique Peruvian fruits like chirimoya, lúcuma, aguaymanto, and pacay. The air is filled with their sweet aroma, and a few soles will unlock an explosion of flavours, delighting your taste buds.

        Next, we'll hop on the "Metropolitano" bus to the historic centre of Lima, a colonial gem. As we stroll through San Martin square and Jirón de la Unión street, you'll savour delicious handmade ice cream and admire stunning architecture. Prepare to be captivated by colonial masterpieces like the Government Palace, Municipal Palace, and Cathedral. And don't forget the hauntingly beautiful San Francisco church with its mysterious catacombs.

        Overnight: Second Home
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 3 Secrets of the Sacred Valley: From Lima to Ollantaytambo, Unveiling Mystical Wonders

        Today, immerse yourself in the mystical wonders of the Sacred Valley. After bidding farewell to Lima, catch a flight to Cusco. There, an English-speaking guide and comfortable transportation await.

        Our first stop is the captivating Pisac market, a treasure trove of souvenirs. Get lost in a vibrant maze of pottery, textiles, and jewellery. If the altitude allows, ascend to the Pisac archaeological site for breathtaking views.

        Next, explore a charming village, visit the Lamay Church adorned with exquisite artwork, and experience a guinea pig breeding business and corn beer brewery. Savour "chicha de jora" and the zesty snack "picante." If time permits, witness the art of bread-making at the Lamay oven. Local people and business owners will explain their daily lives, and the visit will contribute to the recognition and value of these important activities.

        Then, visit the enchanting Inca village of Ollantaytambo with awe-inspiring ruins. Your guide ensures a smooth transfer to your hotel for relaxation and reflection on the day's enchanting discoveries.

        Overnight: Qolqas Eco Resort
        Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

      • Day 4 Immersive Andean Weaving Experience - Aguas Calientes

        Embark on a captivating journey into the heart of a Quechua community, where the art of Pre-Incan weaving and Andean culture come alive. Ascend to the upper Andean community of Patacancha or Huilloc, making stops at ancient ruins and a historic church along the way.

        At the cooperative's weaving centre, witness the entire weaving process, from hand-spinning wool to using natural dyes and creating exquisite textiles. Immerse yourself in centuries of tradition. Try your hand at weaving, connecting with the spirit of Andean artisans.

        Indulge in a heartfelt home-cooked meal in a weaver's cosy home. If you wish, take home hand-woven treasures crafted by the talented women you meet.

        As the day ends, you will take a scenic train to Aguas Calientes where you can relax before your next adventure. 

        Overnight: El Mapi
        Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

      • Day 5 Machu Picchu - Unveiling Ancient Mysteries

        Rise and shine! From Aguas Calientes, we'll board an early morning bus to Machu Picchu, known as "The Lost City of the Incas." Perched 2,430 meters above the Urubamba river, this awe-inspiring masterpiece was the secluded retreat of Inca emperor Pachacuti.

        Our adventure begins with a climb up Machu Picchu mountain, revealing panoramic views of the citadel, Huayna Picchu mountain, and the majestic Urubamba river. The path is a marvel in itself, immersing you in breathtaking nature and offering tranquillity away from the crowds.

        After conquering the summit, our Coffee Route guide will lead a captivating 2 to 2.5-hour tour of Machu Picchu. Uncover its history, unravel mysteries, and marvel at the enduring architecture.

        As the day winds down, we'll indulge in a delicious lunch before taking a train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, we'll arrange your transfer back to Cusco. Rest easy and enjoy the evening as you please.

        Overnight: La Casona Antigua San Blas
        Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

      • Day 6 Cusco - Walking Tour - Embrace the Sacred: A Spiritual Journey in Cusco's Mountains

        Get ready for an enchanting day of discovery and connection in Cusco! Our adventure begins with a captivating Walking Tour, exploring the city's fascinating history. Wander through streets, marvel at ruins like Qenqo and Sacsayhuamán, and get lost in the charm of San Blas. Lunch will be a delightful culinary experience at our recommended spots.

        But that's not all! Prepare for an extraordinary journey into Andean spirituality with a sacred ceremony. Experience a Coca-leaf reading, purification rituals with stones, water, and healing plants, and connect deeply at a hallowed natural rock formation. Make offerings to the sun and Mother Earth, feeling the transformative power of the ceremony.

        As the ceremony concludes, we'll transport you back to your cosy Cusco hotel. You'll carry a renewed sense of wonder and a deep spiritual connection that will stay with you.

        Embrace the sacred, feel the energy of the Andes, and unlock a lasting spiritual connection.

        Overnight: La Casona Antigua San Blas
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 7 Journey from Cusco to Puno - Where Time Stands Still

        Experience a thrilling day as we embark on a journey from Cusco to Puno. Departing bright and early at 7:00 am, we'll arrive in Puno around 5:00 pm. Throughout the trip, enjoy the comfort of the tourist bus, accompanied by a friendly bilingual guide, onboard wifi, and a delightful selection of tea and snacks.

        Our first stop is Andahuaylillas, a charming village frozen in time. Explore its narrow streets, surrounded by picturesque houses and majestic trees. Don't miss the renowned church, known as the Sistine Chapel of South America, adorned with breathtaking wall paintings.

        Next, brace yourself for the awe-inspiring temple of Wiracocha in Raqchi, a structure standing strong since ancient times. Witness the local population's reliance on the aqueducts and irrigation channels left behind by the mighty Incas.

        After a satisfying lunch, we ascend to the La Raya pass, the highest point between Cusco and Puno, at 4,335 meters. Take a moment to relish the crisp mountain air and admire the stunning views. Our final stop is the Pucará museum, famous for its iconic bull statues atop rooftops.

        By late afternoon, we reach Puno, around 5:00-5:30 pm. Enjoy a free night by Titicaca Lake and get ready for the next chapter of your adventure.

        Overnight: Casa Andina Premium
        Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

      • Day 8 Off the Beaten Path - Discover Chuquiñapi and Sunata Island

        Get ready for a day filled with authentic experiences in South America's hidden gems. We'll pick you up from Kasani and travel to the charming town of Chuquiñapi. Nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca, this tranquil destination offers an immersive experience away from the tourist crowds.

        Discover the Jose Ferrari Monastery, perched on a hill with stunning lake views. Immerse yourself in local culture, traditions, crafts, and gastronomy during a homestay experience with the welcoming communities of Chuquiñapi and Santiago de Okola.

        After a delicious lunch, we'll continue to Sunata Island, a hidden gem just south of Chuquiñapi. Embark on a scenic hike and embrace the enchanting beauty surrounding you.

        Returning to the monastery, enjoy a leisurely stroll by the lake or simply unwind in the serene Andean countryside. Indulge in a delightful dinner at the monastery, savouring the peace and tranquillity of this magical place.

        Overnight: José Ferrari monastery
        Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      • Day 9 Sail the Breathtaking Bay to La Paz

        Today, we embark on a memorable sailing experience across a stunning bay, accompanied by our local crew. The wind gracefully guides us through this picturesque setting, providing awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Cordillera Real's glacial massifs. Let yourself be captivated by the sheer beauty that unfolds before your eyes.

        After our sailing adventure, we'll return to the monastery in the late morning. Enjoy a delicious lunch before we bid farewell to Chuquiñapi and set off for the vibrant city of La Paz.

        Overnight: Atix Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

      • Day 10 Unveiling the Mesmerizing Salar de Uyuni

        Prepare for an extraordinary day exploring the mesmerising Salar de Uyuni. Catch a flight from La Paz to Uyuni, where your guide and photographer await.

        Witness the untouched beauty of the Salar de Uyuni, its pristine surface stretching like a blank canvas. Explore rare islands offering perfect vantage points for observation and photography. Take a short walk on Incahuasi Island, mesmerised by the abundance of cacti.

        Connect with the vibrant Jirira community, immersing yourself in their traditions. Witness weaving, explore quinoa fields, and encounter adorable llamas. The day concludes with a breathtaking sunset over the expansive Salar.

        Rest and rejuvenate in Colchani, preparing for the adventures ahead. Please note that the itinerary may change based on weather conditions and guide discretion for your safety and optimal experience.

        Overnight: Hotel Luna Salada
        Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      • Day 11 La Paz - Cable Car & Unveiling Hidden Delights

        In the morning, fly to La Paz and embark on an extraordinary adventure.

        Ascend to new heights on the iconic red cable car, accompanied by our unique "shoe shiner" guide. Discover a fascinating side of La Paz through their eyes.

        Visit the captivating potato market, where you'll encounter the distinctive flavours of dehydrated potato varieties. Immerse yourself in the bustling fish market, admiring the freshest catches from Lake Titicaca and learning from the Cholitas who run the stalls.

        Explore the neighbourhood where paceña Cholitas purchase their iconic attire. Marvel at their fashionable details, from clothes to jewellery and captivating contact lenses.

        Conclude the day with an exquisite dining experience at Gustu, one of South America's renowned restaurants. Indulge in a sensational tasting menu blending national and international gourmet cuisine, showcasing Bolivian traditions and locally sourced ingredients.

        Immerse yourself in the rich ancestral knowledge of Bolivian cuisine, a testament to the abundant Bolivian soil.

        Overnight: Atix Hotel
        Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      • Day 12 Farewell and Departure

        As your unforgettable journey draws to a close, we bid you farewell with a seamless departure. Our private vehicle will transport you from the hotel to La Paz airport, ensuring you arrive with ample time for your international flight. Cherish the memories, carry the spirit of adventure in your heart, and treasure the connections you've made along the way. Until we meet again on another remarkable escapade!

        Meal Plan: Breakfast

    • What's Included

      • 11 nights' accommodation 
      • Private ground transportation 
      • Meals as defined in the itinerary
      • Local English-speaking tour guide
      • Domestic flights
      • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

      What's not included

      • International flights
      • Meals not listed in the itinerary
      • Tips and other discretionary expense


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