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Off the Beaten Path Peru Bolivia Tour 12 Day – The Best of Bolivia & Peru

Experience some of the best destinations in Peru and Bolivia on this 12 day, totally customizable adventure in South America! Enjoy Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, and the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats on this unforgettable tour!

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Off the Beaten Path Peru Bolivia Tour 12 Day – The Best of Bolivia & Peru

This incredible and comprehensive 12 Day Peru Bolivia tour features what many consider the highlights of each country; Cusco and Machu Picchu, the beautiful Sacred Valley, peaceful Lake Titicaca, and the amazing Uyuni Salt Flats. Your guides will deliver inspiring local touches to the most famous spots, by prioritizing people and culture, working with local communities, and meaningful activities. Don’t hesitate to join this tour!

Highlights

  • Explore Cusco, a place that is a melting pot of indigenous, Spanish and contemporary influences, creating cultural, architectural and culinary environments unlike anywhere else in the world
  • Travel across Peruvian and Bolivian landscapes, visiting pre-Hispanic ruins, tiny villages, and the amazing Lake Titicaca along the way
  • Truly get to know La Paz, Bolivia before continuing to the out-of-this-world Uyuni Salt Flats, where you’ll observe brilliantly colored lakes, geysers, stone formations, and more
  • Visit the majestic and iconic Machu Picchu

Tour Information

Duration: 12 days

Start Time: Exact time depends on your arrival to Lima

Tour Start & End Point: On day 1 you will fly to the historic city of Cusco from Lima.  On day 12 you’ll rise early and take the morning flight home, or on to your next adventure from La Paz!

Availability: This is a private tour and requires a minimum of 2 people to book. It is available on any day!

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Private Culinary and Historic Center Tour of Lima

You will arrive in Lima and spend the day and evening getting to know this ancient and diverse city. You’ll get an introduction to Peru`s world renowned coastal cuisine, as well as a tour of Lima’s historical landmarks.

Morning pickup at your Lima hotel for a private tour of Lima`s historic highlights and world famous coastal cuisine. You’ll begin the morning in a local market shopping alongside moms and sous chefs. Here, you can sample fresh fruits and explore Peruvian produce. Peru is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries and producer of an exotic array of jungle, highland and coastal foods. The local market will whet your appetite for the day.

Afterwards, you can take a break to enjoy Peru’s flagship dish: ceviche. These sublime fish and seafood cocktails, gently marinated in fresh lime juice, are a Lima staple. You will also have a chance to taste other excellent options, like causa limeña – avocado and shrimp layered between mashed potatoes.

After enjoying the food, you will walk in Lima’s historic center, checking out the Plaza Mayor, Cathedral, the Archbishop’s residence, the Presidential Palace, and the bright-yellow Franciscan monastery and church, which is most famous for its bone-lined catacombs, built in 1546 as a cemetery.

The day’s gastronomic adventures end with picarones (fried deserts). Every culture has a version, and the Peruvian edition is crafted from wheat flour that is dotted with anise and blended with sweet potatoes and pumpkin, then is topped with a liberal dose of molasses syrup. In other words, sheer greasy glory when they’re fresh out of the fryer! In the evening, you will return to your Lima hotel.

Included meals: Lunch

Day 2 – Cusco Locals Tour

You’ll arrive in Cusco, the former center of the Inca Empire, and spend the afternoon wandering the cobblestone streets, local markets, and learning about Cusco`s incredible history from your local guide.

After breakfast, transfer to the Lima airport for a short flight to Cusco.  Your local guide and river will be waiting at the airport to depart on a private walking tour of Cusco, including the cathedral, Coricancha, San Pedro Market, and the historic neighborhood of San Blas. There is quite a lot to see in Cusco and flexibility in your schedule; the guide can help you plan an afternoon to suit your interests once you arrive.

At midday, you’ll enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch, then make a short drive with your guide to four important ruins above the city: the fortresses of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara & Tambomachay. Enjoy the interesting ruins and beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys before descending to your hotel in the early evening.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Private Sacred Valley Tour and Train to Aguas Calientes

Today, you’ll do a cultural deep dive in the Sacred Valley, visiting a local family and a community-based tourism project.

After breakfast, you will depart for the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, en route to Aguas Calientes.Along the way you’ll stop at interesting Inca ruins, artisan markets and cascading salt ponds. You’ll enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family, and gain true insight into local culture. Later you’ll visit an amazing community-based tourism project, and learn about traditional farming of crops such as potatoes, quinoa, and medicinal plants. Then, it’s on to Ollantaytambo, where you’ll tour an Inca fortress before a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 – Private Machu Picchu Tour

You’ll wake up early this morning to catch the bus to the gates of one of the great Wonders of the World. You will ascend stone steps, through heavy tree cover to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu! The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. You`ll have a 2.5-3 hour private tour with your guide, followed by time to explore on your own. In the afternoon, descend to Aguas Calientes for your return train to Ollantaytambo. Your driver will be waiting in the station and bring you to your hotel in Cusco for a good night’s rest.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – Altiplano Adventure; Transfer to Puno

After an early breakfast, you will begin your transfer to Puno, along with a bilingual guide who will show you the sights along the way. The day will have several guided tours, including to Pukara, Raqchi, La Raya, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, with a buffet lunch in Sicuani Village. There are tons of beautiful landscapes and plenty of opportunities to ask your guide any questions you may have. Below is a brief description of stops along the way:

Andahuaylillas: Referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel because of its magnificent frescoes, the church is but one example of the Mestizo Baroque architecture typical of the Cusco School which was prominent in the 17th century. You will marvel at the ceiling of carved panels covered with gold leaf.

Raqchi (or the Temple of the god Wiracocha): This Inca temple is monumental – 100m in length, 26m in width and 14m in height. Divided into two naves, each of these still retains the base of eleven giant columns. The base of the walls consists of Imperial Inca stonework with a top section of adobe.

La Raya: The highest pass on the route between Cusco and Puno, La Raya is 4335m above sea level. Beautiful landscapes await you, as well as the animals that are symbolic of the Andes: llamas, alpacas, and vicunas!

Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial site this side of Tiahuanaco. Characterized by a series of staired platforms, the ruins also reveal some lit sculptures and tombstones, all witnesses of a pre-Inca civilization, possibly one at the origin of the Andean culture of the Altiplano.

Transfer to your hotel upon arrival in Puno.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – Lake Titicaca

In the morning you`ll be met at your hotel for transfer to the port. You will depart by fully equipped speedboat with on-board service, arriving at a secluded section of Taquile Island first. Here, you will explore the less touristy and scenic area of the island, and enjoy a pristine sandy beach, where you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Titicaca. From there, you’ll hike through a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art & symbolism that has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

At approximately 11:30AM, you’ll depart from the island for travel to the community of Santa Maria – Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula, a very scenic off-the-beaten-track destination. You’ll be welcomed by a small community and quickly introduced to an intensive cross cultural experience, observing their traditions and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world. Here, you’ll get to witness the preparation of Peru’s famous “Pachamanca” – a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens. Enjoy these delicacies in a small, but very scenic, restaurant.

From Santa Maria, you’ll travel to one of the remote areas of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca, and explore Uros Ccapi, considered the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. Optional tours in reed boats. Depart back to Puno for arrival in the early evening, with transfer to your hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – Private Transfer to La Paz; Tour of Isla del Sol

Morning travel by bus to the Bolivian border.  After clearing customs and immigration, continue to Copacabana by private transfer for a visit to fascinating Isla del Sol (Sun Island). Arrive in exciting La Paz in the late afternoon to evening.  

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – La Paz

Morning departure on a unique walking tour through downtown La Paz to appreciate samples of murals and urban art created by talented local artists and invited muralists from other countries. Through the visual arts, visitors can learn in more depth many peculiarities that are signature of Bolivian culture, tradition, history, society and modern issues. Visitors also have a peek on new features that are reshaping the city’s culture, such as the new public transportation bus system called Puma Katari and the newly implemented cable car system.

The path includes popular sites like El Prado, Mercado Camacho, Parque Urbano Central, Teatro al Aire Libre, the esplanade of the public university UMSA and the pleasant neighborhood of Sopocachi and includes a stop at a traditional snack place to taste a typical, local pastry and hot beverage. The duration of the tour is 3 hours and includes light walking with few uphills. Afternoon free to relax, explore La Paz on your own, and prepare for Uyuni the following morning!

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – Flight to Uyuni, Begin 3D/2N Tour

Early morning flight to Uyuni.  Covering 12,000 square kilometers (4,633 square miles) of Bolivian altiplano, the salt flats of Uyuni are an inspiring natural phenomenon. Enjoy a full-day excursion of this surreal, natural landscape, with its expansive crystalline terrain, colorful lagoons, surrounding mountain ranges and volcanoes. Today we will visit the famous train cemetery, Tunupa lookout, salt water springs, and observe bizarre stone formations sculpted by wind erosion.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Uyuni Day 2

A highlight of your journey today will be the rocky outcrop of Isla Incawasi, with unusual rock formations and a forest of giant cacti.  In addition, we`ll travel across the Siloli desert (one of the driest on earth) and visit Kañapa, Hedionda and Ch’iar Quta lagoons.  With luck, we`ll be able to spot flamingos and other wildlife.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – Uyuni Day 3

Full day excursion to Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Visit Stone Tree, an enormous rock shaped by the wind like a tree, Red Lagoon/Laguna Colorado (characterized by the red tone of its waters inhabited by flocks of flamingoes of three different species), Sol de Mañana Geysers (fumaroles and volcanic craters of spectacular formation featuring volcanic activity), & Green Lagoon/Laguna Verde. Looking like a giant emerald, it is framed by Licancabur Volcano. It`s intensely green coloring is due to high magnesium content.  We`ll return to Uyuni in time for your flight back to La Paz.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 – On to the Next Adventure

La Paz-Home: You’ll rise early and take the morning flight home, or on to your next adventure! End of the 12 Day Peru Bolivia Tour.

What’s Included

  • All tours, entrances, and activities
  • Hotel rooms (based on double occupancy in 3 star hotels)
  • All required in-country ground transport
  • Round trip flights from La Paz to Uyuni and back
  • Meals as listed in the above itinerary

What’s Not Included

  • Flight Lima-Cusco
  • Traveler`s insurance
  • International flights
  • Discretionary expenses such as gratuities, snacks, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Meals not listed in the above itinerary

About the Lodging on the 12 Day Peru Bolivia Tour

  • All lodging is in comfortable, conveniently-located hotels
  • Most hotels are 3 star properties
  • Based on double occupancy
  • If you would like better lodging (4 or 5 star hotels) throughout the tour, or at any specific destination, just email us at info@keteka.com and we can get you a customized quote!

About the Transportation on the 12 Day Peru Bolivia Tour

  • Most ground transport is in a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van (capacity 15)
  • During the Uyuni portion of the tour, the ground transport is in a 4×4, Land Rover or similar vehicle (capacity 4 per vehicle)
  • Domestic flights are in commercial aircraft

 

Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at info@keteka.com.

Kyle Wiggins

Domingo

Born in the beautiful province of Acomayo, right in the Andes Mountains, Domingo’s love of the great outdoors began at a young age. When he was just a kid, his family moved to Cusco, where he discovered his love for tourism. Domingo’s first job in tourism was as a porter on the Inca Trail. It was really hard work, but working with the guides inspired him to become one as well. He went to school to study tourism. He tells us that the day that he finally got his license as an official tour guide was one of the best days in his life. It was such an exciting moment to be able to lead people on the trail, and now 16 years later, he still gets excited every time he guides travelers on a tour. A few years ago, he decided to begin his own tour company. His hope was that through his tours, he could show travelers not only the beauty and history of the region but also teach them about the rich Andean culture.

Among Domingo’s hobbies, he loves photography and he is an amateur photographer. And he has the perfect job to learn and improve his photography skills everyday, he always brings his camera with him.

Urbano, a Local Tour Guide from Cusco

Urbano

He was born in the Apurimac region of Peru in an indigenous community with rich agricultural land. As a kid, he learned from his parents how to work on the field and the importance of maintaining the indigenous culture’s age-old traditions. Although he left this small town at a very young age to attend elementary school in Cusco, he has carried this appreciation for ancient culture his whole life. Living in the magical city of Cusco, he was able to expand his knowledge of his ancestors even more and was inspired to take this knowledge and share it with others. After studying tourism in school, he became a tour guide, specializing in ancient cultures. Having been born in an indigenous village and as a native speaker of the Quechua language, teaching travelers from all over the world about the history and land has been a great honor and a dream come true.

Urbano is currently working on building a new home, and although he recognises that it’s been quite a hard work, he absolutely loves it! In his free time, he also love spending as much time as possible with his wife and two little kids!

Huber, a Local Tour Guide from Cusco

Huber

Huber also grew up in a small town in the Sacred Valley so he was raised to always respect and love Mother Nature. As a kid, he always admired the tour guides passing through his town. Not only did they get to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country, but they got to meet people from all over the world. Huber became determined that he too would become a tour guide. As soon as he was old enough, he moved to Cusco to study tourism and become a certified Inca Trail guide. For about 14 years now, he has been leading tours, and discovered that, beyond taking his guests on the “typical” paths, he wanted to be a unique guide and take them to the unique interesting spots other guides weren’t going to. He also have studied medicinal plants and love teaching the travelers about the many fascinating benefits these plants can have.

Growing up, huber has always loved fishing, particularly for river trout. Now as an adult he has begun to rediscover this passion! And he also has recently discovered a new passion for birdwatching, and his goal to keep learning even more so he can lead his own birdwatching tours soon.

*Please note that this tour may be guided by another local guide, always providing a genuine approach to the local culture.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Thank goodness I found this operator. My husband and I wanted a customized tour of Cusco; the Sacred Valley; Machu Picchu; Puno; Lake Titicaca; La Paz, Bolivia; and the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. They helped us craft the perfect trip. We travelled last July 2014 for 11 days and what an astounding adventure! I have since recommended them to a friend who thought they were fantastic too! Our guides and drivers were all kind, friendly and knowledgeable. Jesus [the guide] took good care of us in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and Domingo personally saw us off to the Puno train (one of our favorite experiences). The level of professionalism, reliability and kindness was exceptional.

    We wanted a blend of Andean culture and ruins, arts and crafts, and seeing the natural beauty of the region. All of our guides were outstanding, the connections and transfers went off without out a hitch, and the hotels were comfortable. My husband was amazed at how perfectly our trip played out! We loved Cusco, Ollaytzntambo, Moray, Salineras, Chinchero, Machu and Huanya Picchu, the train to Puno, the 2- day tour of Lake Titicaca, and the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni. Wow!
    Ellen,
    New York, New York

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Our family visited Peru in December 2104 and had an unforgettable time thanks to this local operator. I was first planning on making reservations for the trip on our own, but was overwhelmed with all the options. They put together several great itineraries for us to choose from that included everything we wanted to see (Lima, Machu Picchu, the Amazon), and the pricing actually came out lower than expected. Amanda helped us with a few tweaks, and was great at responding to all our questions right away. The hotels they included were just what we were looking for; comfortable, cute and child friendly. The guides were all very kind and knowledgeable, and we always felt well looked after. Thank you for a flawless family vacation!
    Eric S
    San Diego, California

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

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    My family traveled to Peru for a 17 day vacation in June/July 2015. There were four of us – Mom, Dad, and two sons age 21 and 15 – and we had a big list of things we wanted to see and do. We usually arrange things on our own but we needed some help this time to pull it together. We picked this operator based on the great online reviews and we were very happy with the whole experience!

    During the planning stage, they were very knowledgeable, provided great information, and stayed flexible as we shifted the itinerary and options around multiple times. We landed on a custom itinerary that fit everything we wanted, in the order we wanted it, and included private transport and guides for just our family at almost every step of the way. The hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The drivers were awesome. And when things came up during the trip, the local guides were great at helping us change things on the fly to suit our needs.

    The local guides were super friendly, spoke great English, and really helped us get the most out of our visit to each place. We started in Arequipa with intriguing tours of the convent and cathedral. Then Jamie helped us enjoy the condors at Colca Canyon. In Puno we met Pepe, who gave us personal and insightful tours of Lake Titicaca, the Uros islands, Taquile island, and our favorite – Suasi island (truly a must see, and book the private cottage if you can!). Juan Carlos drove us to Juliaca, where Mario took over and got us the rest of the way to Cusco (beautiful scenery along the way!). We met Domingo in Cusco, and he led us on fun, informative, and personalized excursions around the city and some amazing sites nearby including Saqsaywaman, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay. Then Domingo was our personal guide on a 4-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide! Domingo helped us get the most out of our hike – a perfect pace for us, informative details along the way, fresh passion fruit, great stories, family pictures, … (Note: we’re VERY glad we did the hike several days into our trip so we had time to adjust to the altitude first.) We spent our last few days in the Sacred Valley at Urubamba, at the awesome Tambo del Inka hotel – quite a treat after four days camping on the trail! We went zip lining and horseback riding, both lots of fun!

    We’ve traveled a lot, and we all agreed this was one of the best trips we’ve ever done. Peru is truly a beautiful, wonderful place and the people are so friendly. Amanda, Domingo, and the guides and drivers we had the pleasure to be with helped us plan and enjoy this trip beyond our expectations.

    -Howard
    Raleigh, North Carolina

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