The best in Perú and Bolivia and Chile
If you call yourself Trekker because you love to explore different parts of the world no matter in what conditions you can achieve it – this is a great option for you. Of course you will find a scent of luxury on the way, but the journey will finishing slowly on very basic 4x4 trip from Salar Uyuni in Bolivia through the driest desert on Earth –Atacama in Chile. On the way of this incredible 25-day-long life experience you will find everything what Peru, Bolivia and Chile has got to offer. Enjoy!
HIGHLIGHTS:Lima, Nazca Lines, Paracas (Balestas Islands), Ica (Huacachina Oasis), Arequipa, Colca Cañon, Cusco, Sacred Valley of Incas, Inka Trail 4D/3N, Machu Picchu, Bolivia (La Paz, Salar Uyuni, San Juan), Chile (Desert of Atacama), Santiago
Arriving to Lima, airport reception, pick up and transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast you have a chance have a city tour opition or visit by yourself the historical centre of Lima with Cathedral, San Francisco Monastery with its famous Catacumbs, Church of Santa Rosa, Palace of Government and the incredible museos by yourself or using our city tour option. After day long trip return to the hotel.
After very early check out from the hotel you continue you journey to the south of Peru at around 3am, when we will catch up the bus to Paracas. After arrival around 7am we will be transferred to the port of Paracas, from where we start our 2 hours boat trip to Ballestas Islands, where we can admire flora and fauna of its amazing natural reserve. After that we will be catching bus to Ica, and have a transportation to Huacachina Oasis, where we will be accommodated in one of the hotel. During the late afternoon we will have a chance to experience a little bit of adrenaline on riding with special vehicle through deserted dunes and try some sandboarding. At the end we will witness incredible sunset. Go back to the hotel.
We start the day after breakfast and go directly to Nazca to explore myserious Nazca Lines. Till now nobody knows exactly how they become part of the landscape of Nazca región. During 45 minuts flight we will admire most of them with a huge amount of adrenaline. After that we will be transfered to Nazca town, where we will have a chance to chillout untill we will take a afternoon bus to Arequipa where we arrive approximately around 10pm. After that transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast fantastic chance to do optional CITY TOUR during we can visit Casa de Moral, biggest in Peru Cathedral with entrance to the roof offering spectacular view on 6 active volcanos surround the city, Monastery of Santa Catalina, Museo of Culture Nativo with famous mummy Juanita, local artisan market or by yourself.
After breakfast we will be taking another 2-day-trip to majestic Colca Cañon. On first day we will go through Pampa Cañahuas Natural Reserve where we will see wild vicuñas, alpacas and llamas to picturesque small village Chivay. After being accommodated in a hotel we will have a chance to visit local hot springs. After a dinner with elements of local folklor we will go back to the hotel.
This day we start very early after breakfast to continue on the way to Cruz del Condor, where around 8am we will be able to admire the biggest flying bird on planet – condor. Normally they live and use natural migration of warm air in its wings to float around the high mountains and deep valleys. Just to add information that Colca Cañon is known as the deepest canion in the world. After that we will go back to Arequipa during afternoon. This day we need to catch a night bus to CUSCO. OPCIONAL: There is an opción to extend one more night in Arequipa and catch the morning flight to Cusco for additional amount US$ 00.00 per person.
After breakfast there is a chance to have opcional CUSCO CITY TOUR with ‘Qorichancha plus 4 ruinas’ including Sacsayhuaman, Quenco, Tambomachay and Pucapucara or just enjoy free rest of the day just simply walking and enjoying medieval architecture of Cusco. Return to the hotel.
After breakfast you will start your trip to Sacred Valley of Incas where you will see ruins of Pisaq, second after Machu Picchu biggest complex of remains of Inca´s Empire. On the way down we will stop for small visit to local artesan market where you will be able to purchase some souvenirs. On the way to second ruins we will stop in picturesque place in Sacred Valley for lunch. In the early afternoon you will have a chance to visit the biggest Inka´s fortress Ollantaytambo. After memorable visit we will transfer you to the hotel where you will spend the night.
VERY IMPORTANT!!! THERE IS A LIMITATION UP TO 500 SPACES FOR WALKING THIS TREK PER DAY (200 for tourists and the rest for porters and helpers walking with them). IF THERE ARE NO MORE SPACES LEFT AUTOMATICALLY WE OFFER YOU SALKANTAY TREK 4D/3N (with more Andean Mountains landscape views and nature experience) OR IF YOU WISH YOU CAN REPLACE IT WITH INCA JUNGLE TREK 4D/3N (with more adventure and activities on the way including: bicycles, rafting and zip line). During the month of February each year INCA TRAIL is closed for maintenance. In this time we offer only SALKANTAY TREK 4D/3N OR on request INKA JUNGLE TREK 4D/3N. CAMINO INKA TREK 4D/3N:
Early morning we will start our trek by going by car to km82 where we start our first day of Camino Inka trek. First day is pleasent as we walk around 11 km and with the altitude going up from 2750m till 3000 m. Most of the time we walk next to the river Urubamba with picturesque view. After a few hours we will stop for tasty lunch prepared by our porters. After that we will have around 2 more hours walk. Meantime we will see from the distance some of the first ruins of Inka´s Empire. We spend the night in Wyllabamba.
This is the hardest day to walk as its climing up till 4200 m. during this 11 km journey. But it is very slow and achievable process for everybody. Meantime we will stop to enjoy the views. After reaching the hightest part of our trip we will continue during a few more hours to Paccaymayu 3600 m. where we spend the night. There will be some time off after reaching this point in early afternoon to relax and get more power for next 2 days.
Day 3rd of the trek is the longest one as its about 18 km but is pleasent slowly way down with many Inka´s ruins on the way to explore. After long day we will spend the night at Wiñayhuayna. This night will start for us very early as we need to wake up the next day around 3am to continue our journey.
After early wake up we will continue to magical point Intipunku, from where we will be able to see for the first time Inka´s fortress of Machu Picchu. After around 2 more hours of walk we finally arrive to the ruins, where we will have first 2 hours guide explaining all the parts of Machu Picchu and after we will have as much free time to enjoy this incredible complex as we need. Our train back to Ollantaytambo from the Aguas Calientes, village next to Machu Picchu, leaves around 6:30pm and then from Ollantaytambo will will have a transport to Cusco an night at the hotel.
After 4 days of walking you deserve to have some break in the most beautiful city in South America with its incredible architecture – Cusco. If you missed something during the first day in this city or didnt have time to see it or do it this is the day for you. Enjoy and explore.
This day we start after breakfast and we will be transfer to the bus station where we take special turistic bus to take us on the journey to the south of Peru. On the way we will have many stops to visit beautifuly decorated Sixtine Chapel of South America - Andahuaylillas, Templo of Wirakocha in Raqchi, the highest mountain pass during our journey La Raya 4335m. and Museo de Pukara. On the way we will have a stop for a lunch in one of the picturasque places. After arrival in Puno at 5pm we will be accommodated in a hotel.
After breakfast we will be tranfer to the port, where waits for us a small luxury boat. From there we will sail from Puno to Bolivian coast, through beautiful Lake Titicaca to Isla del Sol, where according to legend the first Inka was born, to Copacabana and then we will be tranfer by bus to La Paz, capital of Bolivia. Tranfer to the hotel.
After breakfast there will be chance to explore the highest capital on earth La Paz with its indegenous people and vibrant culture by yourself or using our optional city tour. After that we will be transfered to the bus station for night bus to Uyuni (leaving around 9pm).
In the morning, after we arrive we will visit the train cemetery on the outskirts of town. We then drive in our 4WD to the the world’s largest salt desert - Salar de Uyuni (on the hight of 3650 m.) On the way, we visit the salt exploitation of Colchani and the Salt Hotels, which are closed for tursits since November 2001. We then stop in the heart of the Salar on the Island of Incahuasi. This volcanic island is covered with stromatolites (fossilized bacterial colonies, that were on Earth as a first living spicies) and giant cacti. In the afternoon, we head south towards the village of San Juan. Night in shelter (basic comfort).
After leaving San Juan, we cross the Salar de Chiguana. From there, the road climbs from 3600 m to about 4200 m of altitude. We pass by volcanoes Tomasamil, with almost 5900 m. and Ollague, on the Chilean border. We stop at the mirador of volcano Ollague, still active and sheltering one of the world’s highest sulfur mines. We then skirt the Chilean border going south following the “Road of the jewels”: lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Ch’arkota, Honda, sanctuary to three varieties of Flamingoes. The track continues on through the beautiful scenery of the Siloli Desert and its famous “Stone Tree” where we can sometimes spot viscachas, before arriving, in the afternoon, at Laguna Colorada. This laguna owes its intense red-brick color to the light sensitive phytoplancton present in its water. Night in shelter (basic comfort).
We leave very early in the morning for an excursion to the Sol de Mañana Geysers on the altitude of 4850 m. a volcanic crater from which escape sulfuric fumes and heavy water. We then have a breakfast in Polques before skirting Laguna Salada and crossing the Dali Desert (named after the scenery reminiscent of one of his paintings). We reach Laguna Verde, at the foot of volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (5960 m.) before noon, to witness a curious phenomenon: the wind picks up and the waters of Laguna Verde change to a spectacular emerald color.We cross the Chile-Bolivia border at Hito Cajon in the early hours of the afternoon and after an hour long descent we reach San Pedro de Atacama, a refreshing oasis in the middle of the scorching Atacama desert. Transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast we will be driving to Calama (around 98km) to catch a flight to Santiago di Chile. After arrival to capital of Chile transfer to the hotel. Time off.
Free day after the whole trip for enjoying chillout capital of Chile and organizing your activietes by yourself or use one of the opcional tours: CITY TOUR, WINE TOUR or TOUR TO VIÑA DEL MAR and VALPARAISO.
Transfer out. End of the trip.